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Project nameModel experiments in operational energy system analysis
Contact person 
Duration01.01.2019 - 31.12.2021
PartnersHelmut Schmidt University, University of Duisburg-Essen, University of Wuppertal, Forschungsstelle für Energiewirtschaft e. V., Gas- und Wärme-Institut Essen e. V., Offenburg University of Applied Sciences, OFFIS e. V., Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Economics and Energy System Technology IEE

The MEO project - model tests for operational energy system analysis - is one of six projects in the MODEX program. While many of the other MODEX projects deal with questions of classic energy system analysis, MEO aims to break new ground in energy system analysis. Due to the complexity and scope of the systems under investigation, simplifications must be made in the modeling, for example with regard to the temporal and spatial resolution of energy generation and consumption or the grid infrastructures. This creates a gap in traditional energy system analysis with regard to the operational effects of the simulation results on the real system. Approaches to closing this gap include, for example, models that can be used to simulate the operation of electricity grids in high temporal and spatial resolution in order to determine how certain generation structures affect the voltage levels. It is obvious that such models can only represent a smaller system scope as compensation for the higher resolution. Therefore, operational energy system analysis models focus on specific aspects of the energy system, such as the modeling of control strategies for virtual power plants or the effects of combined heat and power plants on (spatially high-resolution) heat and power grids. The MEO consortium is investigating eight scenarios in which various changes within a distribution grid are simulated. The scenarios form the basis for a comparison of eight different modeling approaches and include, for example, the expansion of solar power generation plants, the increase in e-mobility and the expansion of heat pumps.