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Open source toolbox for modelling integrated energy systems

Project description

Innovative tools for modelling energy systems

The latest innovative energy systems play a crucial role in optimising energy usage and efficiency as we strive to transition to more environmentally safe energy sources. Unfortunately, the development and design of novel systems often involve the use of various tools and programmes that make the process difficult and expensive. This hampers the emergence of critical new innovations. In this context, the EU-funded Spine project will develop a revolutionary toolbox for modelling integrated energy systems. This toolbox will provide users with a modular and adaptable service, enabling them to simulate both large-scale developments and smaller, more detailed, or complex ones. Additionally, the toolbox will be open source to facilitate growth and accommodate changing needs.


Spine project will create a toolbox for modelling integrated energy systems. The Toolbox will be modular and adaptable, making the toolbox suitable for both detailed modelling of complex features in energy systems as well as for large-scale problems. This is a novel approach to energy system modelling, which allows a much broader set of problems being addressed within a single modelling tool.

The adaptability comes from a design where the input data defines the temporal, spatial, technological, regulatory and sectoral dimensions of the model instance. Model instances can also be chained in order to allow iterative approaches for solving especially large problems (e.g. planning a large system while considering high operational detail).

The Spine Toolbox will support the full modelling chain from data acquisition to processing of results. Through automated features of the toolbox it will be easy to generate a large number of scenarios from user-defined data collections. It can connect to different tools and models, both external and internal. The internal tools developed in the project include an input data verification tool, a tool to post-process outputs, parallelization service and the actual Spine Model.

The Spine Toolbox and the Spine Model will be deployed by open sourcing all the developments. The project will initiate, grow and support a user community where the project partners will participate as they will replace many of their existing tools with the Spine Toolbox.

The Spine project will use the toolbox to contribute to the expected impacts of the call. A series of case studies will help the project to expand specific modelling capabilities in the Spine Model, deploy the Toolbox to potential users, and produce analysis relevant to the expected impacts of the call. Policy and business relevant results will be communicated to the relevant stakeholders, demonstrating the future uses of the toolbox in policy-support and business decision-support.

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Net EU contribution
€ 1 301 562,50
02150 Espoo

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Manner-Suomi Helsinki-Uusimaa Helsinki-Uusimaa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Total cost
€ 1 301 562,50

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