This is the wiki page for the upcoming Sixth Workshop of the Open Energy Modelling Initiative, a grass-roots organization of modellers from various research institutes, universities and companies. The workshop will take place in Frankfurt, Germany hosted by the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (see Events for previous workshops). The workshop will take place on 20-21 April 2017, with an optional tutorial day before on 19 April 2017. Since the workshop is run by volunteers, there is no registration fee, so feel free to join!
This wiki page will be updated frequently with a programme and practical information. All participants are invited to contribute suggestions of different sessions to be included in the programme. In the meantime, feel free to register on the mailing list where all things regarding energy modelling are discussed.
About the workshop
The Openmod Workshops provide a forum for modellers to come together and discuss how to further the use of open data and open software tools in the energy modelling community. Topics range from exchanges about specific types of data (e.g. sources for open data on building stocks or distribution networks) to advocacy and outreach.
Only a small part of the workshop consists of prepared presentations. For the rest of the workshop, participants work together in breakout groups on specific topics. The topics are chosen by the participants themselves, so please get actively involved by suggesting topics! To get the most out of the workshop, it is suggested to consider in advance what you would like to discuss.
Breakout groups should have specific aims, which can be followed up after the workshop, e.g. improving the openmod wiki pages, lobbying a data-holder to change its licencing, improving educational tools, or outreach.
Venue: Main Auditorium, Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies
Getting there: How to find us - please note that it talkes 30-40 minutes with the local train to get from the Frankfurt main train station to the Uni Riedberg campus where FIAS is situated; the closest station is "Uni Campus Riedberg" which is north of the city centre and on the U8 line (among others)
Train connections: Brussels (3 hours), Berlin (4 hours), Denmark (8 hours via Hamburg), London (7 hours via Brussels), Milan (7 hours via Basel), Paris (4 hours)
Accommodation: There is no specific accommodation recommendation - Frankfurt is small enough that you can travel easily from any part of the city to the workshop venue. For bookings, try airbnb, booking.com or HRS. We do recommend that you book early, since room prices can be high at short notice. It is also possible to commute from nearby towns such as Bad Homburg, Offenbach, Wiesbaden, Mainz or Darmstadt.
Registration has now closed because the workshop is full! There are only 65 places. You can join the waiting list be filling out the registration form, but we cannot guarantee you a place. If people drop out, we will inform you by email that your place is now secure.
All the information that you enter in the form is visible on the participant list, apart from your email address which is kept private.
If you run into any problems with the registration, drop an email to Wided Medjroubi (Wided.Medjroubi at next-energy.de).
If you would like to give a 4-minute talk, please edit the list of talks below (you have to create an account on the wiki and log in first - see the buttons at the top right of this page).
Everyone who has registered is visible on the participant list.
Filming / Live Streaming
It is planned to film and live stream the first 3 hours of the conference on 20th April 2017 (i.e. from 10am to 13pm German time CET). The live stream can be found here:
If speakers consent to the filming of their talks, please fill out the filming consent form and email/fax it to the FIAS contact listed in the form. Otherwise it will be assumed you do not give permission for your presentation to be filmed.
All filmed material will be released under a Creative Commons BY 4.0 licence.
Day 1: Optional Tutorials (Wednesday 19th April 2017)
On day 1 (the day before the main official workshop), optional tutorials were organised for students new to scientific computing and energy system modelling.
Click here for an archive of the agenda for Wednesday
Day 2: Main Workshop (Thursday 20th April 2017)
Click here for an archive of the agenda for Thursday
19:30 Dinner at Apfelwein Dax in Sachsenhausen, approximately 35 minutes from the workshop location. Seats have been reserved for 40 people; the maximum space is for 45 people. If you want to join the dinner, please sign up here. There is a reasonable selection of vegetarian dishes; they can also provide vegan dishes, but the selection is somewhat limited.
Day 3: Main Workshop (Friday 21st April 2017)
Rooms: Main Auditorium 0.100
In addition for breakout groups: Seminar rooms 0.101 and 0.200, FIAS Faculty Club (4th floor)
09:30 - 10:00 Summary of first day, discussion of breakout groups for this day (moderation by Bryn Pickering)
10:00 - 11:30 Break-out groups 3 (parallel)
11:30 - 12:00 Coffee break
12:00 - 12:30 Reporting back (plenary - moderation by Tom Brown)
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:30 TechTalks or other discussion (sign up below)
14:30 - 15:30 Wrap up, next workshop
16.00 End of workshop
19:00 Booking for 9 people by Tom Brown at Chinese restaurant Pak Choi https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g187337-d5483143-Reviews-Restaurant_Pak_Choi-Frankfurt_Hesse.html near the main train station in Frankfurt.
Day 4: Optional Tour of the Region (Saturday 22nd April 2017)
Walk through vineyards of Rheingau / Tour of Frankfurt / Museums Tour (if raining)
On this day there is also a March for Science through Frankfurt to celebrate Earth Day
The March for Science starts at 13:00 at Bockenheimer Warte (the real march starts at 14:00, it's German talks by University Professors before), but since it might be hard to find one another in the crowd. I'll be at Cafe Crumble from about 12:00 to 13:00/13:15. If you send me a mail to hoersch-at-fias.uni-frankfurt.de up to about 11:00 tomorrow, i'll write you my cell phone number for meeting up.
The workshop is organised from and for modellers and stakeholders of the open energy modelling community who want to exchange and discuss about energy models, code, data, licenses, transparency, making results understandable to stakeholders, campaigning for open data...; if you are interested to discuss a special subject you can propose breakout groups on the google sheet. Please communicate your ideas for new breakout groups and add your name to a group that you would like to join. You can add suggestions for the content either in the table or as a comment.
If you want to give a short presentation at the start of the workshop (4 mins + 1 min questions), e.g. a model introduction, please add your talk title and name here.
It is planned to film and live stream the presentations. If speakers consent to the filming of their talks, please fill out the filming consent form and email/fax it to the FIAS contact listed in the form. Otherwise it will be assumed you do not give permission for your presentation to be filmed. All filmed material will be released unter a Creative Commons BY 4.0 licence.
Data (weather, grids and more):
- Atlite: A light-weight xarray-based Python library for processing weather data (Jonas Hörsch)
- Renewables.ninja: an open platform for modelling global wind and solar power (Stefan Pfenninger or Iain Staffell)...
- open_FRED windpowerlib and hydrolib: Generating renewable time series (Birgit Schachler)
- Open Power System Data: A free and open data platform for power system modelling (Ingmar Schlecht or Kristian Reincke)
- OpenEnergy Database: Current status and concept of the oedb (Ludwig Hülk)
- DIstribution Network GeneratOr (DINGO): An open tool to generate synthetic medium-voltage and low-voltage distribution grids based on open data (Editha Kötter).
Frameworks, models and toolboxes:
- Friendly Sam: A toolbox for optimization based energy system models (Alexander Kärkkäinen)
- The Electricity Systems Optimisation framework - capacity planning considering endogneous technology learning (Clara Heuberger)
- The open_eGo grid model for the German high- and extra-high voltage power grid (Lukas Wienholt)
- sozio_E2S: Concept of simulation framework for modelling transformation pathways based on investment decisions (Charlotte Senkpiel)
- Latest release of the OpenEnergy Platform: what is possible - what is missing (Stephan Günther)
Updates from the groups: (after lunch)
- Calliope: Updates to meet the needs of urban scale problems (Bryn Pickering)
- oemof: News and latest Updates (Simon Hilpert)
- OSeMOSYS: latest features (Georgios Avgerinopoulos)
- The work of the Energy Meterology group at the University of Reading (Paula Gonzalez)
- Can we replicate the urban energy system structure using open source data and models? (Alaa Alhamwi)
- New Tools and Model Advances at IIASA (Matthew Gidden)
- Discussing openmod in the forum (Berit Müller)
If you want to give a short presentation on some neat piece of software or methodology, etc., that has improved your research or workflow, add your talk title and your name here.
- conda-forge -- community driven package distribution (Tim Tröndle)
- Transparency, Reproducibility and Quality of Energy System Analyses (Ludwig Hülk)
- Choosing a license for open source code and open data -- experiences from the open_eGo project (Lukas Wienholt)
- Benchmarking LP solvers: Why GLPK might not be the right tool for you (Fadi Bitar)
- Governance Models in Open Source Communities (Matthew Gidden)