Analysing Transition planning and Systemic Energy Planning Tools for the implementation of the Energy Technology Information System (ATEsT)

Funded by: European Commission


October 2009 to March 2012

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Background, summary and aims

Background, Scope and Aims

Development of new energy technologies and transition to a low-carbon economy are vital to reduce the European Union’s greenhouse gas emissions while ensuring security of energy supply and competitiveness. On the one hand, the transition to a low-carbon future should prioritize the improvement of the European innovation system on energy technologies by creating at first the framework conditions and incentives for the development of new energy technologies. In order to achieve this, a formulation of a coherent strategy is necessary, coordinating the efforts of all Member States. On the other hand, effective strategic planning requires regular and reliable information and data. Essential components to provide this information are tools or methods that offer a better insight in technology transition analysis and planning, along with tools that focus on energy systems modelling. With project partners from various countries in Europe, the ATEsT project will bring together EU competence on the transition towards a sustainable and low-carbon energy system through energy innovation, encompassing transition planning, energy modelling activities and technology assessment.

The aim of the ATEsT project is to enhance the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) Information System - SETIS - with tools and methodologies for transition analysis and planning. It is funded under the European Commission FP7.

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Project Design

The project comprises six main work-packages:

WP1 Specifications of the tools: The objective of this WP is to define the specifications of the models/tools that are needed in order to address the policy questions in the context of the SET-plan. The transition planning framework has to provide the relevant data to SETIS. This work package aims to determine the kind of answers that the models will have to provide (specification of the transition planning framework).

WP2 Inventory and characterization of existing tools: WP1 will provide the specifications, the needs that the models will have to satisfy. It is the work of WP2 to look for the existing models and classify them according to the needs of the SET-plan. This is an important point that must be kept in mind since the objective of ATEsT is to contribute to the implementation of the SETIS and not perform a general benchmark of available models.

WP3 Proposal for transition planning and systemic modelling tools: The main objective of the WP is to propose, through an evaluation process, tools and/or necessary methods for transition planning and systemic modelling. These tools will eventually be integrated into SETIS. At the same time the WP will pinpoint the main shortfalls of existing modelling approaches in both areas and will identify the barriers that will need to be overcome and to maximise their potential.

WP4 Analysis of data requirements for the proposed models: Identification of existing data and development of a roadmap for the continuous improvement of data in the future.

WP5 Validation of the tools using the existing data: This WP aims at demonstrating the functionality of the models that will be proposed, using the available input data.

WP6 Suggestions for the future tools development: Create a framework for tools necessary to plan and develop future energy systems and policies.

WP7 Communication and Dissemination: To communicate the project outcomes to as wide an audience as possible and to facilitate the exchange of views with the scientific community on the issues analyzed in the project.

Importance of Research

While SET-Plan comprises measures relating to planning, implementation, resources and international cooperation on low-carbon energy technologies, SETIS maps Europe’s research activities and capacity for these technologies. The ATEsT project enhances the delivery of these initiatives. In the ATEsT project, once specifications of models/tools that are needed in order to address policy questions in the context of SET-Plan are defined, a review and assessment of the existing models/tools as well as datasets will be carried out and a recommendation of set of models and transition planning tools will be made.