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Applied Informatics in Energy Planning

Semester 1

The goal of the course is to enable students to assess renewable energy supply and demand scenarios with the help of state-of-the-art computer software for analysis.


Introduction into the basic terms of energy modelling and some of the most common modelling software: emphasis on the elaboration of a case study applying the LEAP software.

  • Introduction into energy statistics and energy data sources
  • Introduction into energy modeling and energy modeling software
  • Overview of accounting, optimisation and simulation software such as LEAP, MARKAL, ENPEP-BALANCE and technical software such as RETScreen
  • Energy Demand: Hierarchical accounting of energy demand (activity levels, energy intensities)
  • Energy Conversion: Simulation of electric generation sector (transmission and distribution)
  • Exogenous and endogenous modeling of capacity expansion
  • Systems Costs: capital, O&M, fuel, costs of saving energy, environmental externalities
  • Emissions and direct impacts of energy systems
  • Scenarios and evaluation of scenarios; Case study: selection of a country for the case study and identification of energy data of the home countries of the participants.
  • Organising the energy data for the case study, filling gaps
  • Elaborating a reference demand and supply scenario
  • Elaborating alternative scenarios
  • Comparing and analysing alternative scenarios
  • Alternative scenarios developed in small groups 3-4 students
  • Coursework 50 %
    • Group Project 50%
  • Final Exam: 50 %
    • Three hours written paper
Learning Objectives: 

Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Understand and analyse energy statistics
2. Understand and apply the basic parameters for power planning, such
as capacity factors, availability, capacity credits, load curves, merit orders etc.
3. Develop demand projections applying econometric and end use models
4. Appreciate energy accounting, use optimisation and simulation software
5. Apply various relevant software

Course Code: 
3 Credits
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