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What’s new in the Energy Transition Model?

1. All RES regions available!

All 30 Dutch RES-regions are now available in the Energy TransitioModel. You can explore these energy systems and make energy scenarios. For example, look at the effect of…

  • Placing a solar park in Drechtsteden;
  • Insulating all terraced houses in Central Holland; or
  • Building ten wind turbines in the Cleantech region

2. User friendliness improvements

Many improvements have been made to the user friendliness of the ETM.

  • Introduction: There is a clear introduction where the process for creating scenarios is explained.
  • Saving scenarios: You can use the “save” or “save as” function when creating your scenarios. By using the “save” function you overwrite the scenario while the name and link remain intact. Using “save as” allows you to make a copy, for which you must provide a new name (this is similar to the old way of saving a scenario).
  • Supply sliders: The units of the supply sliders changed from “number of units” to MW, which makes it easier to translate known plans and objectives into slider settings, without the need for conversions themselves.
  • Residences: Changes in numbers of residences do not have to be set per type of residence anymore. An increase in the total number of residences automatically increases the numbers of different residence types, based on the current) mix. This mix of residence types (terraced houses, detached houses, etc) can be changed. Check out the new residences sliders.

3. Imported electricity price curve

Instead of the price of imported electricity being constant throughout the year, you may now choose to upload a CSV file which can describe a custom price for each hour (of which there are 8,760 per year). The position of imported electricity in the merit order will change by the hour depending on how competitive it is relative to domestic generation technologies.

Our documentation contains more information on this feature, including instructions on how to format your CSV file.

4. Hourly curves updated

The ETM models supply and demand of electricity and hydrogen on an hourly basis. We have reviewed all profiles in close cooperation with the energy modelling community and clearly documented the sources and methods on Github. This process was concluded with a mini-symposium where the results were presented and we identified areas for improvement. Documentation on all hourly curves can be found here.

5. Transition path charts

The new transition path charts module allows you to explore the possible transition paths to a 2050 scenario and discover the actions and consequences for aspired goals in 2023, 2030 and 2040. The charts provide insights into the transition paths of the most important aspects of the energy system (final energy demand, CO2 emissions, and renewables). For each of these years you are able to further edit the slider settings to make adjustments to the scenarios. Explore the new transition path charts module.

6. Other updates

  • Non-energetic demand chemical industry: It is possible to adjust the non-energetic demand in the chemical industry. For example, fossil carriers can be substituted by biomass/hydrogen with the new sliders
  • Hydrogen plant (CCGT): Besides the peak load hydrogen plant, it is also possible to use a base load hydrogen plant (CCTG) in a scenario.

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