Appunn (2022) interview with an architect of the German energiewende / model-mediated public engagement

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Robbie Morrison

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Jan 11, 2022, 7:00:31 AM (5 days ago) Jan 11
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Hi all

Those not familiar with the German energiewende might find this short interview with Rainer Baake, one of the architects of the transition, quite illuminating. It also maps out how changing social attitudes were key drivers.  And I guess we also have to pay homage to the steeply downward learning curves exhibited by renewables generally and photovoltaics in particular. All nuclear production in Germany will cease by law on 31 December 2022. There was some recent discussion about extending operating permits in order to displace lignite generation, but the decommissioning plans are so far advanced that that option is no longer feasible.

Also to note that there is now some work beginning within this openmod community to look at public engagement via the use of energy system models.  That is not an entirely new topic but there are some reasons why this moment is a good time to push the idea forward — not least the increasing availability of open source tools and workflows and open datasets (current IEA practices notwithstanding).  Perhaps those projects considering public engagement might want to indicate their thoughts and plans?  Just a suggestion.

with best wishes, Robbie

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Taco Niet

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Jan 11, 2022, 12:41:49 PM (5 days ago) Jan 11
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Hi Robbie, All,

 

You mention community/publicly engaged modelling.  I have just accepted a Researcher in Residence position for the next 8 months with the SFU Community Engaged Research Initiative (CERi) to spend some time (and pay a couple of graduate students to spend some time) looking at how to engage ‘community’ in energy modelling.  My thought is to use the time to develop a plan for how to do some public engagement with modelling (and hopefully apply for an interdisciplinary grant to support that).  Happy to discuss/post/connect with others doing similar work!

 

Cheers,
Taco..

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Frederic Hirschmüller

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Jan 12, 2022, 3:17:05 AM (4 days ago) Jan 12
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Hi Taco, everyone,

 

we are working on a free, open-source tool to model energy systems of communities. The idea of this project is to make scientific models accessible to communities, local utilities, small and medium enterprises by developing a user-friendly user interface for the open energy modelling framework (oemof). The open_plan tool comes with a drag&drop user interface that enables all users to develop energy models in oemof without any programming skills. Furthermore the results of the simulation are provided through graphs and info boxes so that the outcomes of the simulation are easy to understand even for people without a technical background.

 

We published the first version of our tool in October 2021 and we will continue the development at least until the end of 2022. You can access the open_plan tool under the following link: https://open-plan-tool.org/ 

 

Feel free to contact me if you have any further questions or if you want to connect for an exchange.

 

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Mark Howells

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Jan 12, 2022, 3:52:11 AM (4 days ago) Jan 12
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What a lovely tool!! Well done!! Best, Mark

 

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Taco Niet

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Jan 13, 2022, 12:54:35 PM (3 days ago) Jan 13
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Hi Frederic,

 

Thanks for the note and info.  I have to say that this is definitely part of community engagement/community engaged modelling, but I am hoping that my Researcher in Residence term will allow us to identify/do some more direct/active engagement as well.  Not really sure what that will look like at this point…  I’ll forward your info to the students who are working on things and we’ll see where things end up.

 

Cheers,
Taco..

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Hi Taco, everyone,

 

we are working on a free, open-source tool to model energy systems of communities. The idea of this project is to make scientific models accessible to communities, local utilities, small and medium enterprises by developing a user-friendly user interface for the open energy modelling framework (oemof). The open_plan tool comes with a drag&drop user interface that enables all users to develop energy models in oemof without any programming skills. Furthermore the results of the simulation are provided through graphs and info boxes so that the outcomes of the simulation are easy to understand even for people without a technical background.

 

We published the first version of our tool in October 2021 and we will continue the development at least until the end of 2022. You can access the open_plan tool under the following link: https://open-plan-tool.org/

 

Feel free to contact me if you have any further questions or if you want to connect for an exchange.

 

All the best,

 

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