MJ2380 Introduction to Energy Systems Analysis and Applications 9.0 credits

Introduktion till Energisystemanalys och tillämpning

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1. The process of 3E modeling:

  • Why model?
  • The role of scenarios and assumptions (forecasting, back casting etc…) and the importance of transparency
  • Relationship between modeling and action (policy / investment formulation / technology development)

Examples of ‘good practice’ including stakeholder communication, etc.

Information flows between and organization of:

- technology characterization and data collection efforts,

- the modeling analysis

- stakeholders

decision / policy makers

  • Where does modeling fit?
  • Developing economically / thermodynamically / physically consistent scenarios.
  • Short, medium and long term analysis and the role thereof
  • Single / multi-comodity (e.g. power system expansion vs the water-food-energy nexus)
  • Small scale (with a village electrification) vs large (global energy assessments)
  • Socio-economic vs physical focus (e.g. welfare maximization vs resource efficiency)

2. Modeling - types and tools

Number crunching / thought experiment practice (how-to)

  • Defining the questions
  • The best approach given data, modeling and other constraints

application (examples)

  • A series of small spreadsheet model examples of stereo-types (the student will be expected to build these simple models with guidance)

Demand projections
(based on GDP, population, output projections * service intensities * appliance/equipment efficiency etc)

- Energy service to supply analysis with emissions. 1staccounting, then cost optimal, then multi-objective.

- Input-Output economic model with energy system representation

- CGE model with energy system representation

- Econometric model with price response

- A multi-resource (Climate, Land, Energy and Water CLEW) model

- Assessment of the information requirements, model scope and outputs: especially with regard to limitations.

3. Policy, technology, economic and other questions:

  • How they have technology and policy assessments (typically) been modeled? (With illustrative standard examples: Investment portfolios, technology R&D programs, RE and EE standards, energy security, GHG mitigation cost curves etc.)
  • Technology and system characterization:

- Resource characterization

- Transformation

- End-use and services

- Conventional technologies

- Technologies and dispatching:

- Variable and intermittent generation; Storage; Hydro; Demand response and smart grids

- Interaction with the macro-economy

- Interaction with the environment and other resource systems (materials, water, etc)

- System integration and hybridization

 Strengths and insights to be gained by different models, scenarios and processes (i.e. a

CGE gives economy wide insights, but limited technology deployment information

 An accounting framework is useful for reconciling differing non-optimal views, but not good at developing ‘best fit’ trade-offs  Etc…)

4. An introduction to selected ‘off the shelf tools’

OSeMOSYS introduction:

  • Introduction and aim
  • Standard cost minimizing application
  • Applications that developing new functionality

Other tools:

- TBD.

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Technical undergraduate degree with introductory mathematics and economics or equivalent

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

Grading scale *

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination *

  • PRO1 - Project 1, 1.5 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • PRO2 - Project 2, 1.5 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • PRO3 - Project 3, 1.5 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • PRO4 - Project 4, 1.5 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • PRO5 - Project 5, 3.0 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Mark Howells

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Offered by

ITM/Energy Technology

Main field of study *

Mechanical Engineering

Education cycle *

Second cycle

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Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.