One major research focus of the FoNEW team is conducting quantitative research on applied energy topics. To this regard a set of models and modeling approaches are used. On this page we will provide a short overview on the models used and the respective papers describing the modeling details as well as datasets and codes available for download.

The FoNEW team is furthermore involved in the SCCER Joint Activity Scenarios and Modelling (JASM) aiming to provide a set of robust scenarios for the realization of the Swiss Energy Strategy 2050. The modeling groups of the 8 Swiss Competence Centers for Energy Research (SCCER) work together and bring in their respective experience in the field of electricity generation technologies, buildings, mobility, industry, grids, biomass, storage and economy. Details can be found here

Swissmod

Model Description

Swissmod is a numerical model of the of the Swiss electricity market. It covers the Swiss high voltage transmission network (220 and 380kV) as well as a detailed representation of the Swiss hydropower structure. The latter includes specific characteristics of run-of-river, yearly storage and pumped storage power plants and their hydraulic coupling via the Swiss river and water stream system. Hydropower stations are modeled on a plant-by-plant basis in Swissmod. In total, 400 hydro stations are modelled in detail, representing around 96 % of Swiss hydro production. Each model-run simulates one year in hourly time resolution. The model framework has been tailored to allow for an in-depth analysis of future scenarios of the Swiss electricity market and its influencing factors.

Model Description Papers
Datasets and Codes

Price Scenarios up to 2030 used in
Schillinger, M., Weigt, H., Barry, M., & Schumann, R. (2017) "Hydropower Operation in a Changing Market Environment - A Swiss Case Study"
are available as Excel (Link)

Price Scenarios up to 2050 used in
Schlecht, I., & Weigt, H. (2015) "Linking Europe: the role of the Swiss electricity transmission grid until 2050"
are available as Excel (to be added)

Hydro Power Plant Modeling

Model Description

As hydropower plays a central role within the Swiss electricity system providing about 60% of electricity supply the FoNEW team developed a modular power plant model. The model can be tailored to specific plant characteristics to represent real world stations and cascades. Furthermore, the underlying hydro database of Swissmod allows to define generic plant types. Those enable generic market assessments that are representative for the overall Swiss hydro sector. The model covers hydrologic inflow structures, storage and flow structures, turbine and pump characteristics and outflow constraints. It can be designed for single plant structures as well as connected cascaded plant structures.

Model Description Papers
Datasets and Codes

Price Scenarios up to 2030 used in
Schillinger, M., Weigt, H., Barry, M., & Schumann, R. (2017) "Hydropower Operation in a Changing Market Environment - A Swiss Case Study"
to perform specific hydro revenue estimates
are available as Excel (Link)