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WHY Skills Workshops during the EMP-E Conference

The WHY Project organised several flash courses on technologies and collaborative modelling to support the European Green Deal.

We invite you visit the resources of the WHY Project's sessions at this year's EMP-E Conference

The annual EMP-E conference brought together Europe’s energy modelling community over a three-day period in a forum for deep exchange of research and modelling practice and varied discussions. The event featured a balanced mix of high-level panel discussions and interactive workshop sessions to enable a peer-reviewed digest of models and policy insights for the transformation of the European energy system. The EMP-E 2021 conference was a forum for exchange among researchers and modelling teams from across Europe; from H2020 projects, representatives of the European Commission as well as partners from industry and civil society.

Days and Themes

  • Day 1: Policies and Targets: Targets for 2030 and 2050, COP26, biodiversity and environment policies and aiding post COVID recovery
  • Day 2: Linking  Sectors and Technologies: The building sector, smartness of energy systems, digital input and technological diffusion 
  • Day 3:Modelling-specific Issues: How to promote better transparency, collaboration across modelling teams, how to capture (model) social and behavioural change

The detailed program can be found on the event website. WHY contributed to the following sessions:

Presentation: Day 2 | 27th October | Linking Sectors & Technologies

14:00-15:30 - Parallel Session 6: De-Carbonising the Building Sector with a presentation: Assessment of regional differences of electrical load profiles

by Carlos Quesada Granja, University of Deusto

About this session: The building sector accounts for 36% of the global final energy demand and 39% of energy-related CO2 emissions, making them pivotal to achieve climate neutrality. This session aims to provide quantitative evidence on different pathways to decarbonize the building sector by 2050. With the help of different scenarios, this session will highlight the role of energy-efficiency, net-zero energy building constructions and renovations, and cobenefits to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.

Presentation: Day 3 | 28 October | Modelling-specific issues

14:00-15:30 - Parallel Session 10: Social Behavioral Aspects: Promoting social fairness in the energy transition:
Causal modeling of households investment decisions on the energy transition

by Ane Irizar, University of Deusto


Skills Workshops:

Visit the Resources of Past Events by clicking here to download the full Report.

Day 1 | 26th October | Policies & Targets | 16:00-17:30

Skills Workshop 1 | Energy System Models: Basic principles and concepts

This session is open to researchers, experts and students who have an interest in modelling energy systems and climate policies. In addition to learning how energy systems operate, participants will gain expertise in different ESMs used by decision makers, analysing the most important modelling paradigms, and identifying linkages between climate policy and energy system developments.
Organized by E3 Modelling and Renewables Grid Initiative

Skills Workshop 2 | High resolution time series processing

This session is designed for data scientists in the energy field. The objective is to present a methodology to assess high-resolution time series from smart meters. Participants will gain a general understanding of the basic steps to process big datasets and signify different behaviours of household electricity consumption.
Organized by University of Deusto and GoiEner

Day 2 | 27th October | Linking Sectors & Technologies | 09:30-10:30

Skills Workshop 4 | How to set up a scenario for energy system modelling?

This session is open to anyone interested in learning how to set up scenarios for energy system modelling, especially for researchers beginning in ESMs. Topics will be covered related to building consistent storylines, choosing parameters, and optimisation of scenario-design to ensure model outcomes and policies.
Organized by Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research

Skills Workshop 5 |Technical possibilities vs. Economic Feasibility: The issue of viable business models for innovative technologies – a modellers approach

This session is geared toward researchers, experts and students from a technical background who are interested in how business models can be applied to technical simulation or optimisation models to gain a bigger picture. Participants will be able to gain knowledge about business model development, using the business model canvas, value chains and their application to techno-economic simulation models.
Organized by 4ward Energy Research

Skills Workshop 6 | Communicate and inspire: How to convince with a pitch

This session is aimed at young professionals who wish to improve their presentation skills and show the importance of research results to target groups ranging from potential investors, future collaborators and peers, or project leadership. Participants will learn how to effectively communicate their latest results in a concise and comprehensible way.
Organized by Climate Alliance

Day 3 | 28th October | Collaborative and Transparent Modelling | 9:00-10:30

Skills Workshop 8 | How to model citizens‘ behaviour?

This session is geared for researcher who are interested in learning about causal models from qualitative and quantitative aspects. Participants will learn how to build and use practical causal models to extract knowledge from experts and exploit a causal diagram to improve decision making.
Organized by University of Deusto