Parameters

Inputs

  • Inputs are necessary values for the optimization.

  • All inputs have default values that can be replaced by the user if desired.

It could also be a chance to specify for each input if it is a project input or a scenario input. It could also be a chance to explain the default value for each input in a short line. It could be nice to add the name of the view-component they are part of.

Table Title
Name

Unit

Default

Category

Restrictions

Definition

Demand profile

Technical

The energy demand time serie with timestep (if different energy types are considered different profiles must be given)

Energy timeseries

kWh

Technical

between 0 and 1 (normalized with maximum)

Specific timeseries of energy sources from a primary-secondary transformation (e.g. PV, Wind)

Source power mix

Percentage

Technical

Percentage of each source of power (inclusive % from Grid)

Lower bound renewable energy share

Percentage

None

Technical

A constraint that specifies the lower bound on the share of renewable energies in the optimized output energy mix

CO2 upper limit

T of CO2

None

Environmental

A constraint that specifies an upper bound on the CO2 emissions

Energy sources capacities

kW

None

Technical

Energy sources with their capacity open for optimization

Storage units

kW

None

Technical

Energy storage units with their capacity and technology

Existing energy source infrastructure

kW

None

Technical

Existing energy infrastructure not up for optimization (with given capacities)

Existing energy storage infrastructure

kW

None

Technical

Existing storage infrastructure not up for optimization (with given capacities)

GPS coordinates

None

GIS

GPS coordinate of the location, to retrieve the weather conditions in case of missing timeseries. Could be a point, a set of points, or a polygon

Grid parameters (v2.0 of the tool)

None

Technical

Grid parameters such as: power, voltage, frequence, line length, line impedance, transformers, topology

Degree of Autonomy (DA)

factor

None

Constraint

between 0 and 1

Degree of Autonomy or self sufficiency wished (capability of the system to sustain a certain part of the load)

Temporal resolution of simulation

Time

Time step of the simulation. The user should be aware that a higher resolution require more data and can lead to longer simulation times (might be already in the provided timeseries)

Optimization goal

None

Simulation

The quantities which govern the optimization (CO2, costs, renewable maximization in energy mix, degree of autonomy, multi-objectives)

Maximum investment budget

EUR

None

Financial

Upper bound on the investment budget

Current price of CO2 emission certificates

EUR

Financial

Current price of CO2 emission certificates

Future price estimates for CO2 emission certificates

EUR

Financial

Timeseries of future price for CO2 emission certificates (values from the EU-ETS and DE-ETS)

Interest rate

EUR

Value provided

Financial

A guess of what the interest rate will be in during the project lifetime. Could be provided as constant or timeseries.

Costs of replacement

EUR

Value provided for each accepted asset type

Financial

Costs of replacement/improvement of the current system components/assets

Grid stability fee

EUR

Value provided

Financial

Fee/payment for contribution to grid stability

Spatial resolution

GIS

Define the wished spatial resolution (it is wished that it can range from building up to districts)

New power plant available space

GIS

Available space for new power plants (for PV installation for example)

Consumer requirements

GIS/Technical

consumer requirements such as a specific localisation and wished minimal load profile (e.g. in an industry park)

Existing grid structure (v2.0 of the tool)

GIS/Technical

GPS coordinates of current grid structure (lines and hubs)

Future grid structure (v2.0 of the tool)

GIS/Technical

GPS coordinates of future grid structure (lines and hubs)

Security of supply

Technical

e.g. existence of back-up system

Balancing ratio for anciliary services

Technical

Balancing ratio for ancilliary services (need a more precise definition as PF could not re-figure out what this means)

Number of future extra users

Technical

Number of future extra user in energy cell

Load types

Technical

Designation of flexible and non-flexible loads in the load profile

Costs of asset use

EUR

Value provided

Financial

The price of a liter of diesel or a kWh from the grid

Project lifetime

Time

Simulation

The lifetime of the project (simulation time)

Another way to display the Inputs

Demand profile

Definition

The energy demand time serie with timestep (if different energy types are considered different profiles must be given)

Unit

nan

Default

nan

Category

Technical

Restrictions

nan


Energy timeseries

Definition

Specific timeseries of energy sources from a primary-secondary transformation (e.g. PV, Wind)

Unit

kWh

Default

nan

Category

Technical

Restrictions

between 0 and 1 (normalized with maximum)


Source power mix

Definition

Percentage of each source of power (inclusive % from Grid)

Unit

Percentage

Default

nan

Category

Technical

Restrictions

nan


Lower bound renewable energy share

Definition

A constraint that specifies the lower bound on the share of renewable energies in the optimized output energy mix

Unit

Percentage

Default

None

Category

Technical

Restrictions

nan


CO2 upper limit

Definition

A constraint that specifies an upper bound on the CO2 emissions

Unit

T of CO2

Default

None

Category

Environmental

Restrictions

nan


Energy sources capacities

Definition

Energy sources with their capacity open for optimization

Unit

kW

Default

None

Category

Technical

Restrictions

nan


Storage units

Definition

Energy storage units with their capacity and technology

Unit

kW

Default

None

Category

Technical

Restrictions

nan


Existing energy source infrastructure

Definition

Existing energy infrastructure not up for optimization (with given capacities)

Unit

kW

Default

None

Category

Technical

Restrictions

nan


Existing energy storage infrastructure

Definition

Existing storage infrastructure not up for optimization (with given capacities)

Unit

kW

Default

None

Category

Technical

Restrictions

nan


GPS coordinates

Definition

GPS coordinate of the location, to retrieve the weather conditions in case of missing timeseries. Could be a point, a set of points, or a polygon

Unit

nan

Default

None

Category

GIS

Restrictions

nan


Grid parameters (v2.0 of the tool)

Definition

Grid parameters such as: power, voltage, frequence, line length, line impedance, transformers, topology

Unit

nan

Default

None

Category

Technical

Restrictions

nan


Degree of Autonomy (DA)

Definition

Degree of Autonomy or self sufficiency wished (capability of the system to sustain a certain part of the load)

Unit

factor

Default

None

Category

Constraint

Restrictions

between 0 and 1


Temporal resolution of simulation

Definition

Time step of the simulation. The user should be aware that a higher resolution require more data and can lead to longer simulation times (might be already in the provided timeseries)

Unit

nan

Default

nan

Category

Time

Restrictions

nan


Optimization goal

Definition

The quantities which govern the optimization (CO2, costs, renewable maximization in energy mix, degree of autonomy, multi-objectives)

Unit

nan

Default

None

Category

Simulation

Restrictions

nan


Maximum investment budget

Definition

Upper bound on the investment budget

Unit

EUR

Default

None

Category

Financial

Restrictions

nan


Current price of CO2 emission certificates

Definition

Current price of CO2 emission certificates

Unit

EUR

Default

nan

Category

Financial

Restrictions

nan


Future price estimates for CO2 emission certificates

Definition

Timeseries of future price for CO2 emission certificates (values from the EU-ETS and DE-ETS)

Unit

EUR

Default

nan

Category

Financial

Restrictions

nan


Interest rate

Definition

A guess of what the interest rate will be in during the project lifetime. Could be provided as constant or timeseries.

Unit

EUR

Default

Value provided

Category

Financial

Restrictions

nan


Costs of replacement

Definition

Costs of replacement/improvement of the current system components/assets

Unit

EUR

Default

Value provided for each accepted asset type

Category

Financial

Restrictions

nan


Grid stability fee

Definition

Fee/payment for contribution to grid stability

Unit

EUR

Default

Value provided

Category

Financial

Restrictions

nan


Spatial resolution

Definition

Define the wished spatial resolution (it is wished that it can range from building up to districts)

Unit

nan

Default

nan

Category

GIS

Restrictions

nan


New power plant available space

Definition

Available space for new power plants (for PV installation for example)

Unit

nan

Default

nan

Category

GIS

Restrictions

nan


Consumer requirements

Definition

consumer requirements such as a specific localisation and wished minimal load profile (e.g. in an industry park)

Unit

nan

Default

nan

Category

GIS/Technical

Restrictions

nan


Existing grid structure (v2.0 of the tool)

Definition

GPS coordinates of current grid structure (lines and hubs)

Unit

nan

Default

nan

Category

GIS/Technical

Restrictions

nan


Future grid structure (v2.0 of the tool)

Definition

GPS coordinates of future grid structure (lines and hubs)

Unit

nan

Default

nan

Category

GIS/Technical

Restrictions

nan


Security of supply

Definition

e.g. existence of back-up system

Unit

nan

Default

nan

Category

Technical

Restrictions

nan


Balancing ratio for anciliary services

Definition

Balancing ratio for ancilliary services (need a more precise definition as PF could not re-figure out what this means)

Unit

nan

Default

nan

Category

Technical

Restrictions

nan


Number of future extra users

Definition

Number of future extra user in energy cell

Unit

nan

Default

nan

Category

Technical

Restrictions

nan


Load types

Definition

Designation of flexible and non-flexible loads in the load profile

Unit

nan

Default

nan

Category

Technical

Restrictions

nan


Costs of asset use

Definition

The price of a liter of diesel or a kWh from the grid

Unit

EUR

Default

Value provided

Category

Financial

Restrictions

nan


Project lifetime

Definition

The lifetime of the project (simulation time)

Unit

Time

Default

nan

Category

Simulation

Restrictions

nan

Outputs

  • Outputs are necessary values for the optimization.

  • All outputs have default values that can be replaced by the user if desired.

It could also be a chance to specify for each input if it is a project input or a scenario input. It could also be a chance to explain the default value for each input in a short line. It could be nice to add the name of the view-component they are part of.

Table Title
Name

Unit

Default

Category

Restrictions

Definition

Costs for CO2 emission

EUR

None

Financial

Calculated costs for CO2 emission certificates (current and future) from inputs

LCOE

EUR

None

Financial

0 or above

Levelized costs of energy

Emissions CO2eq

T of CO2eq

None

Environmental

0 or above

Emissions of CO2eq (gCO2eq/kWh, TCO2eq emitted)

Relative emissions CO2eq

Percentage

None

Environmental

0 or above

Emissions of CO2eq relative to another scenario (% reduced emissions compared to another scenario. E.g: BAU)

Investment needed

EUR

None

Financial

0 or above

Total investment needed

Degree of sector-coupling

factor

None

KPI

between 0 and 1

A synergy index of the energy system expressed via the DOA defined in a publication of RLI

Degree of Autonomy (DA)

factor

None

KPI

between 0 and 1

Degree of Autonomy or self sufficiency obtained, typically a number between 0 and 1

Transformation pathway

None

Report

Enable the user to carry out this analysis on how to get from current situation to future situation from the other outputs. The pathway itself shall not be output by the simulation as it depends on policies and human political decisions as well

Scenarios comparisons

None

Report

Comparison of different energy systems and energy mixs (like RLI stemp-mv tool). Could compare energy savings, costs savings, CO2 savings

Energy mix

Percentage

None

Technical

Percentage of each asset for each energy type.

Renewable energy share

Percentage

None

Technical

The share of renewable energy produced in the output energy mix

Wasted energy

kW

None

Technical

Energy which could not be stored, or was lost in Joule effect (heating), i.e. losses in heat boilers

Installed capacity

kW

None

Technical

The minimal capacity that needs to be installed in order to meet peak demand

Installed power

kWh

None

Technical

The aggregated power that needs to be produced in order to meet demand

Calculate network requirements or expansion possibilities

None

Report

Calculate network requirements or expansion possibilities

Grid equipment requirements

None

Technical

Number of new transformers (v2.0 of the tool)

Grid cable requirements

km

None

Technical

length and size of new cables required (v2.0 of the tool)

Available generation technologies

None

Report

List of existing technologies which could fulfill the capacity without exceeding the costs

Required storage

kW

None

Technical

Required size to sustain peak demands for each storage technology (only if storage is part of input)

Connection points

None

Report

Transfer interfaces with existing supply structures (gas/electricity/water/wastewater)

Amortisation period of system improvements

Time

None

Financial

0 or above

How many months/years should one wait to get back the money invested in the components/assets

List of support programmes

None

Report

List of support programmes (government, NGO, World Bank) which criteria are fulfilled by the output energy system

Another way to display the Inputs

Costs for CO2 emission

Definition

Calculated costs for CO2 emission certificates (current and future) from inputs

Unit

EUR

Default

None

Category

Financial

Restrictions

nan


LCOE

Definition

Levelized costs of energy

Unit

EUR

Default

None

Category

Financial

Restrictions

0 or above


Emissions CO2eq

Definition

Emissions of CO2eq (gCO2eq/kWh, TCO2eq emitted)

Unit

T of CO2eq

Default

None

Category

Environmental

Restrictions

0 or above


Relative emissions CO2eq

Definition

Emissions of CO2eq relative to another scenario (% reduced emissions compared to another scenario. E.g: BAU)

Unit

Percentage

Default

None

Category

Environmental

Restrictions

0 or above


Investment needed

Definition

Total investment needed

Unit

EUR

Default

None

Category

Financial

Restrictions

0 or above


Degree of sector-coupling

Definition

A synergy index of the energy system expressed via the DOA defined in a publication of RLI

Unit

factor

Default

None

Category

KPI

Restrictions

between 0 and 1


Degree of Autonomy (DA)

Definition

Degree of Autonomy or self sufficiency obtained, typically a number between 0 and 1

Unit

factor

Default

None

Category

KPI

Restrictions

between 0 and 1


Transformation pathway

Definition

Enable the user to carry out this analysis on how to get from current situation to future situation from the other outputs. The pathway itself shall not be output by the simulation as it depends on policies and human political decisions as well

Unit

None

Default

nan

Category

Report

Restrictions

nan


Scenarios comparisons

Definition

Comparison of different energy systems and energy mixs (like RLI stemp-mv tool). Could compare energy savings, costs savings, CO2 savings

Unit

None

Default

nan

Category

Report

Restrictions

nan


Energy mix

Definition

Percentage of each asset for each energy type.

Unit

Percentage

Default

None

Category

Technical

Restrictions

nan


Renewable energy share

Definition

The share of renewable energy produced in the output energy mix

Unit

Percentage

Default

None

Category

Technical

Restrictions

nan


Wasted energy

Definition

Energy which could not be stored, or was lost in Joule effect (heating), i.e. losses in heat boilers

Unit

kW

Default

None

Category

Technical

Restrictions

nan


Installed capacity

Definition

The minimal capacity that needs to be installed in order to meet peak demand

Unit

kW

Default

None

Category

Technical

Restrictions

nan


Installed power

Definition

The aggregated power that needs to be produced in order to meet demand

Unit

kWh

Default

None

Category

Technical

Restrictions

nan


Calculate network requirements or expansion possibilities

Definition

Calculate network requirements or expansion possibilities

Unit

None

Default

nan

Category

Report

Restrictions

nan


Grid equipment requirements

Definition

Number of new transformers (v2.0 of the tool)

Unit

nan

Default

None

Category

Technical

Restrictions

nan


Grid cable requirements

Definition

length and size of new cables required (v2.0 of the tool)

Unit

km

Default

None

Category

Technical

Restrictions

nan


Available generation technologies

Definition

List of existing technologies which could fulfill the capacity without exceeding the costs

Unit

None

Default

nan

Category

Report

Restrictions

nan


Required storage

Definition

Required size to sustain peak demands for each storage technology (only if storage is part of input)

Unit

kW

Default

None

Category

Technical

Restrictions

nan


Connection points

Definition

Transfer interfaces with existing supply structures (gas/electricity/water/wastewater)

Unit

None

Default

nan

Category

Report

Restrictions

nan


Amortisation period of system improvements

Definition

How many months/years should one wait to get back the money invested in the components/assets

Unit

Time

Default

None

Category

Financial

Restrictions

0 or above


List of support programmes

Definition

List of support programmes (government, NGO, World Bank) which criteria are fulfilled by the output energy system

Unit

None

Default

nan

Category

Report

Restrictions

nan