CLIM2POWER Project – co-developing a climate service for the European power system

16:15 Tuesday 28 May


Room S16


Sofia G. Simoes (Portugal) 1; Edi Assoumou (France) 3; Filipa Amorim (Portugal) 1; Tim O’Higgins (Ireland) 2; Gildas Siggini (France) 3; Kristina Fröhlich (Germany) 4; Jennifer Ostermöller (Germany) 4; Yves-Marie Saint-Drenan (France) 5; Benoît Gschwind (France) 5; Hubert Holzmann (Austria) 6; Matthew Hernegger (Austria) 6; Johann Baumgartner (Austria) 7; Stefan Hoeltinger (Austria) 7; Christian Mikovits (Austria) 7; Kathryn Kopke (Ireland) 2; Anna Krook-Riekkola (Sweden) 8; Åsa Lindman (Sweden) 8; Sílvia Carvalho (Portugal) 9; Pedro Beça (Portugal) 10; Babar Mutjaba (Portugal) 10; Paulo Diogo (Portugal) 10; Júlia Seixas (Portugal) 1; Pierre Strossser (France) 11; Pedro Paes (Portugal) 12; Tarik Berrada (Austria) 13; Johannes Schmidt (Austria) 7

1 – CENSE – NOVA School of Science and Technology of NOVA University Lisbon; 2 – MAREI- University College Cork; 3 – CMA – Mines ParisTech; 4 – DWD – Deutscher Wetterdienst; 5 – OIE – Mines ParisTech; 6 – IWHW – BOKU; 7 – DSS – BOKU; 8 – Luleå Technical University; 9 – Science College of Lisbon University; 10 – NOVA School of Science and Technology of NOVA University Lisbon; 11 – ACTEON; 12 – EDP; 13 – Wien Energie

Climate and weather conditions not only strongly influence energy demand, but also increasingly electricity generation, especially due to the increased deployment of intermittent renewable energy generation facilities (RES). During the past two decades there has been an increased awareness regarding the vulnerability of the European power sector to climate variability. Researchers, power companies, electricity system operators and energy, climate and environment policy makers require more information on the most adequate adaptation options to ensure the reliability of the power system. To address these issues, the CLIM2POWER project aims at translating the latest scientific findings on the medium- (seasonal forecast) to long-term (climate projections) climate evolution into usable information for end-users. For this purpose, we are co-developing a web-based Climate Service (CS) enabling a visualization of how climate impacts the electricity system.

The CS covers the whole interconnected European electric system complemented with four case-studies reflecting various EU contexts regarding climate, hydrology, socio-economic settings, electricity generation portfolios and energy markets in Portugal, Sweden, Germany-Austria and France. In each case study, wind, solar and hydro power generation, as well as the electricity demand, are simulated from climate data and their combined effect on the energy system will be analyzed. The web-service thus connects climate data, hydrological models and power generation and energy system models in an interactive and user-friendly layout.

Because of the trans-disciplinary nature of the problem, one of the challenges addressed in CLIM2POWER is the production of useful information for the different end-users. Therefore, both European-wide and national user-boards (UB) have been created and actively contribute for the development of the CS. The EU-wide UB includes the EU union of the electricity industry, DG Climate Action, DG Energy, the Joint Research Centre, the Europeannetwork of transmission system operators and the European Environment Agency. The national UB have a similar composition. The project team and the UB have jointly: 1) scoped the problem regarding assessing the vulnerabilities of the power system to climate, and 2) co-developed a set of indicators that should be addressed by the project reflecting the needs of the different end-users. These are either operational or strategic, reflecting the two time-horizons of the CS and if the end-users are power companies or policy makers. This information is being complemented with a web-survey currently available on-line.

This paper presents the co-developed approach for designing the EU-wide CS, while addressing the regional specificities across Europe and different end-users.