Wiesenthal, Jan: IÖW Energy Prosumer Model. Overview of the model, methodology and data basis
The Energy-Prosumer-Model is used to simulate energy flows within a household or a neighborhood. In this bottom-up simulation model, different generation, storage and/or consumption modules can be selected in a household or a neighborhood. The simulation can be applied in a number of different locations and years. The Energy-Prosumer-Model is particularly well suited for exploring technology options and operating scenarios with regard to self-consumption, self-sufficiency, power feed-in, and power purchase of electricity at the local level. Developed in 2010, the model has been continuously enhanced and extended with new functionalities for a variety of different use cases.
This documentation reflects the current state of development and will be updated regularly. Hence, it can be understood as a “living document”. On the heating side, the underlying functions, assumptions, inputs and outputs of heating circuit, thermal storage, electric heater, condensing boiler, heat pump and solar thermal are described. On the electric side, the modules photovoltaic, wind turbine and battery are outlined.
Holstenkamp, Lars; Wiesenthal, Jan; Memon, Najamul Saqib: Financing the polycentric energy transition - Definitions, literature review and research gaps
The aim of this working paper is to review and illustrate the links between financing, energy and the current role of bottom-up models in financing the energy transition.
Transforming the energy system will require an estimated $110 trillion in global investment by 2050. The scale of the investment required makes it clear: investment will be needed by all actors. An increasingly important role is played by citizens. They can invest individually and become prosumers or organize themselves in so-called bottom-up models such as energy communities, citizen energy communities or local energy initiatives and jointly finance the investment costs.
In this study, we provide a brief overview of the different financing instruments. We also evaluate the existing literature on energy and financing.
Gährs, Swantje; Bluhm, Hannes; Kütemeyer, Leonie: Sustainable digitalization of a decentralized energy transition. State of research, relevant issues and current challenges
This working paper deals with the sustainable digitalization of a decentralized energy transition and the effects on technical processes, business models and participation processes. It presents the current state of research and sheds more light on relevant aspects from a sustainability perspective. Depending on the actor and implementation, the use of digitalization pursues different goals such as reducing complexity, increasing efficiency or digital participation. Depending on the primary goal, the use of certain digital technologies, tools and methods makes sense at different points in the energy system. For example, existing processes in the energy industry are digitalized and optimized, business models are further developed or newly designed through the use of digitalization, and digital tools are used in energy transition processes.
Hannes Bluhm, Swantje Gährs: Environmental assessment of prosumer digitalization – The case of virtual pooling of PV battery storage systems
Although the concept of virtual battery energy storage systems is ecologically motivated, a holistic environmental assessment has been lacking. Therefore, a life cycle analysis is carried out in the article that takes into account both the environmental benefits and the environmental burdens of the digital arrays.
Hannes Bluhm, Swantje Gährs (2023): Environmental assessment of prosumer digitalization: The case of virtual pooling of PV battery storage systems, Journal of Energy Storage, Volume 59, 106487, ISSN 2352-152X
Nesrine Ouanes, Jan Kegel, Jan Wiesenthal, Clara Lenk, Hannes Bluhm, Julika Weiß, Lukas Torliene: Prosuming – energy sufficiency and rebound effects: Climate impact of changing household consumption patterns in Germany
In the article, the environmental effects of changing consumption behavior of prosumers are investigated. Based on the results, recommendations for promoting energy sufficiency in prosumer households are derived.
Nesrine Ouanes, Jan Kegel, Jan Wiesenthal, Clara Lenk, Hannes Bluhm, Julika Weiß, Lukas Torliene (2022): Prosuming – energy sufficiency and rebound effects: Climate impact of changing household consumption patterns in Germany. TaTuP Zeitschrift für Technikfolgenschätzung in Theorie und Praxis 2022 31/2, p. 18-24