Open Modelling Platform

openENTRANCE develops an open, transparent and integrated modelling platform for assessing low-carbon transition pathways in Europe in line with the European and global climate, economic and energy targets. The platform will gather a suite of state of-the-art modelling tools and data for covering the multiple dimensions of a clean energy transition. Macro-economic and energy-system models will be linked to each other in order to allow integrated analyses, moving beyond the unidimensional analysis that each of the models offers separately.

In addition, during the project’s process openENTRANCE will improve the adequacy of the energy modelling approaches in different ways, by:

  • improving the quality and accuracy of the models that will be included in the suit;
  • linking the models, which allows running analyses faster and to conduct a number of sensitivity analyses;
  • integrating large-scale empirical data about human behaviour into energy modelling tools;
  • combining detailed bottom-up and top-down approaches.

An open platform

The openENTRANCE platform allows an extended and open functionality by enabling third party users to have access to input data, tools and modelling results. Third parties will also be allowed to link their own tools in the modelling suite.

The platform will provide a large-scale common database with data about human behaviour which can be used in modelling exercises, as well as downloaded. Open data from EU-wide behavioural experiments and real-life multi-national field-tests of households’ response to flexible electricity tariffs will be available for use in the open models. In addition, third party users will also be able to upload own data to conduct analyses with the modelling suite.

The open platform, hosted by the project partner IIASA, will be openly available to use by any interested stakeholder for at least 10 years after the project’s conclusion.

Platform co-creation

Stakeholders will increase openness of the openENTRANCE platform.

openENTRANCE hosts workshops to engage with policy and decision makers, businesses, researchers and civil society to increase openness to collaborative research on energy system modelling.

Involved stakeholders will discuss the most pressing energy transition challenges that require investigation, how the research approach should be, which data sources are relevant, or how to interpret the results. Additionally, discussions among researchers will be facilitated regarding the functionality of the open platform and how it can be developed and used within and beyond openENTRANCE.

An integrated platform

The models of the platform will be connected in such way that they complement each other, using the results of one tool as the source for another tool.

This way, analyses can be expanded to answer more complex questions covering more dimensions and provide more comprehensive answers to policy makers and other interested stakeholders.