Definition of and requirements for case studies of the European energy transition

Our Case Study definition and requirements are a key part of our projects ambition to build an open, transparent and integrated modelling platform for assessing low-carbon transition pathways for Europe.

The case studies will also serve to test and demonstrate the functioning of the modelling platform and the linkages between models. To ensure consistency, supplemental data which may be needed for specific elements may be added to the platform while performing the case studies. This means it will be possible to re-run the case studies or challenge them by using other models and/or data.

This report details the nine ‘Case Studies’, which cover the main topics of the of proposed case studies:

  • Show the adequacy and relevance of the Open ENTRANCE platform.
  • Show the ability of the proposed approach to answer specific questions related to the evolution of the energy system.
  • Provide complementary inputs (data) to Work Package 3 “Scenario Building Exercises”.
  • Provide knowledge regarding barriers and determinants of investments within WP7 “Transition Pathways” (Note: The last case study belongs to WP7).

To use the case studies, simulations will be run using the linked models, which have been developed in our Suite of Modelling Tools, and the data set developed in our scenario building exercises. To ensure consistency, supplemental data which may be needed for specific elements may be added to the platform while performing the case studies. This means it will be possible to re-run the case studies or challenge them by using other models and/or data.

The case studies in this report will also act as a real-life proof of the concept of the project. Through the case studies the model connections will be validated and the modelling assumptions and results will be compared.

Within the following nine chapters, each of the case studies is deeply described, including:

  • Explanation of the overall objective of the case study: which questions does it aim to answer?
  • Baseline of the case study: main assumptions, perimeter of the study, target user
  • Challenge(s) in the case study (beyond-state-of-the-art)
  • Modelling approach
  • Expected results
  • Limitations of the study
  • Data requirements including data coming from WP3 and complemental data and data sources
  • Models requirements: models to be used, required linkages, needed model enhancements
  • Methodology of the case study (modus operandi).

Download our Report D6.1 Case Study Definition and Requirements here

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