Overview

The Factsheets are a standardized[1] collection and presentation of information about modelling frameworks, models and scenarios used in climate and energy system modelling. It is presented in a format which emphasises key points concisely. The use of interactive fields and pre-defined responses is designed to make it easy to insert new Factsheets and filter for existing entries.

The Factsheets are separated in three categories: Framework-, Model-, and Scenario-Factsheets: A Framework is mostly a kind of toolbox where you can build a model of. Examples are TIMES, oemof, OSeMOSYS, Balmorel. The Model is then adapted for a certain region, a set of technologies or other regarded aspects. With the model you can simulate several Scenarios of the region (e.g. CO2 neutral energy supply, phase out coal, zero acceptance of wind power).
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The Fact Sheets are made to reach three main objectives:

  • Find models/frameworks for your needs or just get an overview about the existing ones
  • Compare a selection of models for different purposes - e.g. to develop a strategy to link them
  • Store your model/framework information to provide transparency.


When publishing a study, there is a full set of linked Factsheets (and datasets) to improve transparency and to avoid repeated and long explications of the used tools as well as senseless printing of assumptions which the users need in exportable formats. The model on which the study is based can be described in a model Fact Sheet. This will link to a framework Fact Sheet (if based on one) and it will be linked from the scenario Fact Sheets that describe the various scenarios of the study. Usually different scenarios with modified input data and assumptions are calculated and compared. As input data is one of the most important information of the scenario, the scenario factsheet will include links to the datasets in a publicly available database (the concept of the OpenEnergy Database is to provide a place to store and publish this data).

The current Factsheets are a result of bringing together existing characterizations and improving it in two workshops and in an online discussion. This discussion is reopened with the growing interest to use the factsheets. The release of Dec. 2017 will include functions to filter the Fact Sheets and to compare them regarding specified characteristics. In 2018 we will broaden the view of energy system models and provide the possibility to specify health, social and other aspects.

[1] The standardization process is still going on.

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Please note that the platform is still under construction and therefore the design of this page is still highly volatile!



Fact Sheet objectives: The Fact Sheets are made to...
  • Find models/frameworks for your needs or just get an overview about the existing ones
  • Compare a selection of models for different purposes - e.g. to develop a strategy to link them
  • Store your model/framework information to provide transparency
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Use case example model Fact Sheet: For a European pathway simulation (EPS) we want to choose the models that best meet our requirements. All partners include their models in the Model Fact Sheets and tag them with “EPS”. To compare the models we filter all “EPS” models and choose different characteristics that we want to compare. OEP will give us tables (views) that facilitate the comparison.