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Newsletter, February 2019

February 2018 | Published by REEEM Project

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This newsletter will be released every month to inform you about current achievements, events, the status and progress of the project and any other interesting information concerning REEEM.

What is REEEM?


REEEM is an energy system modelling project which started in February 2016. It is part of the H2020-LCE call, focusing on model-based analysis policy measures and transformation pathways to a sustainable energy system. It is divided in seven work packages featuring different tasks from modelling to analysing.

Taking into account various objectives like defining and assessing pathways and case studies or creating a science-policy interface, the project aims to comprehend the system-wide implications of energy strategies in support of transitions to a competitive low-carbon EU energy society, given the goals outlined in the Strategic Energy Technology Plan. The supportive technology impact assessments will target the full integration from demand to supply and also from the individual to the entire system. It will further address people from different sectors of society.

For more detailed information check out our offical REEEM website.

Upcoming Events

REEEM Technology and Innovation Roadmap Workshop

On March 19th 2019, REEEM partner InnoEnergy will host the third REEEM Technology and Innovation Roadmap Workshop on Energy Efficiency in Buildings in Brussels.

During this workshop, the roadmap’s and its preliminary findings will be presented in the morning session, you will be invited to identify innovative technology and policy scenarios that could support Europe toward its full decarbonization of building stocks by 2050, during the roundtable session.

To participarte in this workshop, please register online here

For more information, please visit the REEEM website.

Latest News

Paper: Assessment and economic valuation of air pollution impacts on human health over Europe and the United States as calculated by a multe-model ensemble in the framework of AQMEII3

A new REEEM-supported paper brings together different modelling groups across Europe and the United States to calculate mortality and morbidity due to air pollution and their economic costs on the society. For the investigation, the researchers used the Economic Valuation of Air Pollution (EVA) model to estimate health impacts of air pollution using data from fourteen models and establish an uncertainty of these estimations due to differences in models by keeping the emissions and the boundary conditions same among all the models.
For its findings and the full paper please visit the REEEM website.

Paper: Transparency, reproducibility, and quality of energy system analyses - A pocess to improve scientific work

In this new REEEM related article the researchers apply the transparency checklist methodology by Cao et al. to a case study to evaluate the degree of transparency in energy system modelling. They use a recent case study conducted by the REEEM-partner Reiner Lemoine Institut that analyses heat and electricity supply in a German region.

An analysis of the questions of the transparency checklist indicates that different issues are addressed: transparency, reproducibility and quality. The completed checklist with answers regarding the case study and its supplementing materials shows that a large majority of the transparency (93%) and reproducibility criteria (73%) could be satisfied. However, only a smaller proportion (47%) of the questions categorised as quality criteria could be answered satisfyingly. A total of 31 out of 45 checklist questions are answered (69%). More than half (53%) of all questions were answered in the introduced framework, model and scenario fact sheets on the OpenEnergyPlatform. 

The paper concludes that supplementing a final report or study with the presented fact sheets improves good scientific practice significantly while we identified existing weaknesses.

For more information, you can find the full paper here.

Partner of the Month


The Energy Efficiency and System research group of Aalto University

A total of eleven Organisations, Institutes and Universities from all around Europe are involved in the REEEM project. One of these is the Energy Efficiency and Systems research group of Aalto University School of Engineering.

The Energy Efficiency and Systems research group of Aalto University School of Engineering is partner in REEEM. In the Energy Efficiency and Systems research group, research is focused on energy generation and energy consumption systems. The scale of these systems ranges from single buildings to industrial energy systems and continental energy networks. There are four professors in the group, with specialization areas ranging from HVAC technology to mathematical methods in district heat engineering and to international energy markets and climate change mitigation. The total staff number is about 30 and the group is led by professor Sanna Syri.

Efficient energy use and indoor climate in buildings, energy- and material-efficient technologies, process concepts and process integration in industry and optimal energy systems of communities are the key research knowledge in the group. The basis of the research is in the increasing complexity of energy systems and the need to reduce their environmental impact.

The main research tools are different types of analysis, simulation and optimisation methods used in computer software and programs. These computer programs include both leading commercial software (e.g. IDA ICE, TRNSYS, EnergyPLAN, EnergyPRO) and programs created by the group. Experimental methods are also used, focusing on efficient integration of renewable energy in buildings, on drying technology and on measuring the indoor-air quality and performance of energy systems in buildings.
In REEEM project, Aalto leads the case study on district heat systems, which develops low-carbon scenarios for district heating in three case cities, the Helsinki area, Kaunas in Lithuania and Warzaw in Poland. Aalto also participates in energy security case study and in several work packages, with focus on both technology assessments and studies on consumer behaviour.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 691739.