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Opening the black box of energy modelling: Strategies and lessons learned

Pfenninger, Stefan and Hirth, Lion and Schlecht, Ingmar and Schmid, Eva and Wiese, Frauke and Brown, Tom and Davis, Chris and Gidden, Matthew and Heinrichs, Heidi and Heuberger, Clara and Hilpert, Simon and Krien, Uwe and Matke, Carsten and Nebel, Arjuna and Morrison, Robbie and Müller, Berit and Pleßmann, Guido and Reeg, Matthias and Richstein, Jörn and Shivakumar, Abhishek and Staffell, Iain and Tröndle, Tim and Wingenbach, Clemens (2018) Opening the black box of energy modelling: Strategies and lessons learned. Energy Strategy Reviews (19), pp. 63-71. Elsevier. doi: 10.1016/j.esr.2017.12.002. ISSN 2211-467X.

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Official URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2211467X17300809


The global energy system is undergoing a major transition, and in energy planning and decision-making across governments, industry and academia, models play a crucial role. Because of their policy relevance and contested nature, the transparency and open availability of energy models and data are of particular importance. Here we provide a practical how-to guide based on the collective experience of members of the Open Energy Modelling Initiative (Openmod). We discuss key steps to consider when opening code and data, including determining intellectual property ownership, choosing a licence and appropriate modelling languages, distributing code and data, and providing support and building ommunities. After illustrating these decisions with examples and lessons learned from the community, we conclude that even though individual researchers' choices are important, institutional changes are still also necessary for more openness and transparency in energy research.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/119413/
Document Type:Article
Title:Opening the black box of energy modelling: Strategies and lessons learned
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Hirth, LionNeon Neue EnergieökonomikUNSPECIFIED
Schlecht, IngmarUniversity of BaseUNSPECIFIED
Schmid, EvaPotsdam Institut für KlimafolgenforschungUNSPECIFIED
Wiese, FraukeDanish Technical UniversityUNSPECIFIED
Brown, TomFIAS, University of FrankfurtUNSPECIFIED
Davis, ChrisUniversity of GroningenUNSPECIFIED
Heinrichs, HeidiInstitute of Energy and Climate Research, FZ JülichUNSPECIFIED
Heuberger, ClaraImperial College LondonUNSPECIFIED
Hilpert, SimonUniversity of FlensburgUNSPECIFIED
Krien, UweReiner Lemoine InstituteUNSPECIFIED
Matke, CarstenDLR Institute of Networked Energy SystemsUNSPECIFIED
Nebel, ArjunaWuppertal InstituteUNSPECIFIED
Morrison, RobbieEnergy ConsultantUNSPECIFIED
Müller, BeritReiner Lemoine InstituteUNSPECIFIED
Pleßmann, GuidoReiner Lemoine InstituteUNSPECIFIED
Reeg, MatthiasDLR Institute of Engineering ThermodynamicsUNSPECIFIED
Richstein, JörnDIW BerlinUNSPECIFIED
Shivakumar, AbhishekKTH Royal Institute of TechnologyUNSPECIFIED
Staffell, IainImperial College LondonUNSPECIFIED
Tröndle, TimCambridge UniversityUNSPECIFIED
Wingenbach, ClemensUniversity of FlensburgUNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:Energy Strategy Reviews
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 63-71
EditorsEmailEditor's ORCID iD
Howells, MarkElsevierUNSPECIFIED
Keywords:Open source, Open data, Energy modelling
HGF - Research field:Energy
HGF - Program:Technology, Innovation and Society
HGF - Program Themes:Renewable Energy and Material Resources for Sustainable Futures - Integrating at Different Scales
DLR - Research area:Energy
DLR - Program:E SY - Energy Systems Analysis
DLR - Research theme (Project):E - Systems Analysis and Technology Assessment (old)
Location: Stuttgart
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics > Systems Analysis and Technology Assessment
Deposited By: Reeg, Dipl.-Ing. Matthias
Deposited On:07 Sep 2018 13:02
Last Modified:23 Jul 2022 13:44

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