Energy System Analysis
Renewable energy technology has developed at breakneck speed in recent years. While prices have sharply fallen, installed capacity has grown to an equivalent extent. In the course of this process, renewable energy sources – photovoltaics and wind power in particular – have not only developed into an important industrial sector worldwide, their growth is also contributing to far-reaching changes in global energy systems. In order to balance out fluctuations in power production from solar and wind sources, ways must be found of aligning supply and demand. This can be achieved through the combined use of different energy technologies, or the integration of storage power plants.
These developments raise research questions that focus primarily on the integration and interplay of renewable energy sources within the system: How can the cost-efficient use of renewable energy resources be achieved in different regions? How can technologies be combined to best meet energy demands? At which points should such developments be supported by the state?
The business area Energy System Analysis works on finding solutions to questions in both this and similar research fields.
Fields of Work
In the business area Energy System Analysis, our work focuses on the following fields of work:
Energy System Models
Providing a Sound Basis for Decision Makers
Changing supply and demand structures in the energy sector require analyses based on energy system models which support decision making for operation and management of energy infrastructures such as power plants, storage systems or energy networks. Energy system models analyze all parts of the energy system at various scales
- Large scale: continental and national energy systems
- Medium scale: energy systems in regions, cities and communities
- Small scale: individual units within industrial energy systems
Our energy system model, ENTIGRIS, provides decision-making support for the benefit and purpose of:
- Policy makers & national or regional authorities
- Utility companies - during the planning and development of systems
- Industrial technology commercialization
- Development of strategic energy masterplans for countries, regions, cities, and communities
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