The ΔE+ research team is involved in number of projects related to energy and systems modelling. We welcome collaborations with industry, government and academia on projects and activities that move our Energy+ system towards a more sustainable future.
Evaluating Combined Modelling Frameworks
Systems modelling is one of the main tools used by policy makers to inform decisions on multi-criteria challenges. Recent systems modelling work has linked power systems, capacity expansion, and energy-economy approaches but, to date, there has not been a comprehensive review of the advantages and disadvantages of these different approaches to policy evaluation. This project, supported by a SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) Knowledge Synthesis Grant, is investigating different combined modelling approaches and will develop best practices for combined modelling for sustainable development.
Modelling Tool Development
The ΔE+ research team is constantly working to improve modelling tools for sustainable development. Recent work has included work with the United Nations on the Climate, Land, Energy and Water systems (CLEWs) modelling framework and evaluating different approaches to modelling storage. We are always interested in hearing about new and interesting approaches to modelling and building better tools to support effective energy system decision-making. Tools developed by our group have been used to support international development activities around the world.
CLEWs+ Canada Model
Building on our Tool Development work, the ΔE+ research team is building a Climate, Land, Energy+ and Water systems (CLEWs+) model for Canada. This project will build on the existing CLEWs modelling framework but also incorporate additional system aspects such as the health impacts of our energy, land and water use. Developing new modelling methods for incorporating health impacts are being developed to fully build out the Canada CLEWs+ model. These tools will benefit both energy systems modellers while the system insights from the model will benefit policy makers when evaluating energy projects across Canada.
In collaboration with University College Cork (Ireland) and KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden) we are building a global OSeMOSYS electricity system model to support global energy and electricity policy decisions. This model will allow policy makers to evaluate country-specific policy decisions and the global impact, and questions such as the impact of energy self-sufficiency policies.