To teach students about energy systems and how to model them. To introduce software packages for energy systems modelling.
Technical, environmental, economic and market modelling of energy systems. Modelling national energy demand and supply. Macro-economic top-down modelling and techno-economic bottom up modelling. Partial equilibrium and general equilibrium modelling. Decomposition and energy intensity analysis. Modelling renewable energy systems. Introduction to specific modelling tools and software packages, including a selection of: MATLAB Simulink, LEAP, RETScreen, SAM, MARKAL - TIMES and PLEXOS.
On successful completion of this module, students should be able to: - Model a country’s energy demand and supply using a simulation methodology - Model wind turbine control using a computer software simulation tool - Determine the viability of a renewable energy project using RETScreen or SAM software - Demonstrate an understanding of the key steps undertaken by Eirgrid to model generation adequacy - Model electricity dispatch with a given demand and generation portfolio using PLEXOS - Explain the key features of macro-economic and techno-economic energy forecasting models - Generate energy forecasts using simple modelling based on energy intensity.