Energy system models

Energy systems models are important methods used to generate a range of insight and analysis on the supply and demand of energy. Developed over the second half of the twentieth century, they are now seeing increased relevance in the face of stringent climate policy, energy security and economic development concerns, and increasing challenges due to the changing nature of the twenty-first century energy system.

In addition to the electricity sector, energy system models include the heat, gas, mobility, and other sectors as appropriate. Energy system models are often national in scope, but may be municipal or international.

Energy system modelling is the process of building computer models of energy systems in order to analyse them. Such models often employ scenario analysis to investigate different assumptions about the technical and economic conditions at play. Outputs may include the system feasibility, greenhouse gas emissions, cumulative financial costs, natural resource use, and energy efficiency of the system under investigation.

The areas of expertise in our education programmes focus especially on flow and thermal modelling techniques.

• Areas of specialisation
• Multiphase flow modelling
• Radiation modelling
• Computational fluid dynamics (CFD)
• Dynamic process modelling and simulation
• Power boiler processes
• Overall combustion process models

Energy models are usually intended to contribute variously to system operations, engineering design, or energy policy development. Call Structatherm Projects for more information on how we can assist you with energy system models for your building.