Student: Allan Almeida Santos
Supervisor: Christopher Ripp
Time period: 11/01/2018 - 02/28/2019
Type: Project Seminars Bachelor
Energy system design models examine the transition paths of an energy system, like for example Germany’s, from now until 2050 when major decarbonization targets shall be fulfilled. Such tools model the operation and the generation / storage / transmission capacity changes in the power sector, but also w.r.t. heat and traffic. This breadth of topics is necessary to cover the whole energy system in sufficient detail to obtain plausible results.
On the other hand, large coverage renders even small models highly complex and the results difficult to understand, even for the expert. In order to bring the transition plans into reality, however, we need to convince non-technical decision makers, such as politicians and/or company managers, to take appropriate actions. When such decisions have important consequences for their careers – as is often the case – these decision makers want to understand themselves what they will be fighting for.
The project shall examine different ways how to derive simple, explainable models that convey the same messages as the detailed models, but are more acceptable by decision makers. The work will be in collaboration with Prof. Frank Jäkel from the cognitive science center.