Energy Research Centre (ERC) is a multi-disciplinary energy research
housed in the
Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at the
University of Cape Town.
The Centre conducts high quality, targeted and relevant research as well
postgraduate opportunities at the Masters and PhD levels.
African TIMES Model
The British High Commission recently funded the
update of a full sector national energy system
model. This model, the South African TIMES model
represents both supply and demand side including all
economic sectors on the IEA’s linear least cost
optimisation platform TIMES. The full source file
and supporting spreadsheets for running this model
with the ANSWER-TIMES model builder are available at
this link. This version was used to explore an
emerging gas economy in South Africa and these
scenarios and results are also loaded in the source
Abstracts from the latest
(August 2014) issue of
Journal of Energy in South Africa
CDKN project on linking sectoral and economy-wide models
Working papers now available for download
Vasquez Baos, T G, Salazar, A A V & Del Castillo, D 2014.
Agroforestry systems as CER providers: An analysis for the Peruvian
Wills, W, Grottera, C, Weiss, M, Martins, V, dos Santos, L, Moura,
G and Moreira, M. 2014. Brazilian Mitigation Scenarios Beyond 2020:
Modelling and Methodologies.
Benavides, C, Gonzales, L, Díaz, M, Palma, R, García, G, Ravizza, C,
Fuentes, R. 2014. Economy-Wide Implications of a Carbon Tax in the
Chilean Electricity Generation Sector.
Delgado, R, Alvarez, Matajira, C, Cadena, A and Calderon, S. 2014
Modelling the socio-economic implications of mitigation actions in
Colombia. Working Paper,
Merven, B, Moyo, A, Stone, A, Dane, A and Winkler, H. Socio-economic
implications of mitigation in the power sector including carbon
taxes in South Africa.
Winkler, H, Delgado, R, Palma-Behnke, R, Pereira, A, Vasquez Baos,
T, Moyo, A, Wills, W and Salazar, A. 2014. Information for a
developmental approach to mitigation: Linking sectoral and
economy-wide models for Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru and South
improved electricity plan
update of IRP 2010 makes a step-change to informed
See the latest ERC blog posting
Climate change and upstream
development impacts on new hydropower projects in the Zambezi
initiative, by a range of researchers including from ERC, to address the
major uncertainties facing hydropower development in the region, and to
deepen understanding among stakeholders of the risks to hydropower from
changes in climate and increased upstream water demand.
For outputs, click here.
Papers and ERC research reports recently made
available for download
Madhlopa, A, Keen, S, Sparks, D, and Moorlach, M. 2014.
Water considerations in selecting energy
technologies. Draft report for submission
to the Water Research Commission.
Madhlopa, A, Keen, S, Sparks, D, and Moorlach, M. 2014.
Draft policy framework for efficient use of water
in energy production. Draft report for submission to the
Water Research Commission.
Winkler, H. 2014. Emerging lessons on designing and
implementing mitigation actions in five developing countries.
Climate and Development,
Winkler, H & Rajamani, L. 2014. CBDR&RC in a regime
applicable to all. Climate Policy, 14:1, 102-121, DOI:
Van Vuuren, D, Kriegler, E, O’Neill, B, Ebi, K, Riahi, K, Carter, T,
Edmonds, J, Hallegatte, S, Kram, T, Mathur, R and Winkler, H. 2014.
A new scenario framework for climate change research: Scenario
matrix architecture. Climatic Change, DOI 10.1007/s10584-013-0906-1.
Coetzee, K & Winkler, H. 2013. The international
policy context for mitigation actions. Climate and Development,
and Winkler, H. 2014. Greenhouse gas emissions from shale gas and
coal for electricity generation in South Africa. South African
Journal of Science.
Garibaldi, J, Winkler, H, La Rovere, E, Cadena, A
Palma, R, Sanhueza, J, Tyler, E and Torres Gunfaus, M. 2013.
Comparative analysis of five case studies: Commonalities and
differences in approaches to mitigation actions in five developing
countries, Climate and Development,
Kriegler, E, Edmonds, J, Hallegatte, S, Ebi, K, Kram, T, Riahi, K,
Winkler, H & Van Vuuren, D. 2014. A new scenario framework for
climate change research: The concept of shared climate policy
assumptions. Climatic Change, DOI 10.1007/s10584-013-0971-5.
Hallegatte, S, Kram, T, Arnell, N, Carter, T, Edmonds, J,
Kriegler, E, Mathur, R, O’Neill, B, Riahi, K, Winkler, H, Van Vuuren,
Zwickel, T. 2014. A new scenario framework for climate change
research: Background, process, and future directions. Climatic
Change, DOI 10.1007/s10584-013-0912-3.
Klinsky, S and Winkler, H. 2014. Equity, sustainable
development and climate policy. Climate Policy, 14 (1): 1-7,
Martin, B and Winkler, H. 2014. Procurement models applied to
independent power producer programmes in South Africa.
Madhlopa, A. 2014. Modelling radiative heat transfer inside a basin
type solar still. Applied Thermal Engineering,
A., Sparks, D., Keen, S., Moorlach, M., Dane, A., 2013.
energy choices and water requirements in South Africa.
Report for the Water
ERC. 2014. Comments on the Carbon Offsets Paper issued by National
Treasury in April 2014
Tait, L, McCall, B and Stone, A. 2014 Energy futures modelling for
African cities: Selecting a modelling tool for the SAMSET project.
Boyd, A, Coetzee, K and Boulle, M. 2014. What does the current NAMA-space
in South Africa look like? A TERI-NFA NAMA Country Report on South
Boyd, A, Keen, S and Rennkamp, B. 2014. A comparative analysis of
emerging institutional arrangements for domestic MRV in developing
Franks, L and Prasad, G. 2014. Informal electricity re-selling:
Entrepreneurship or exploitation?
Winkler, H. 2014. International
requirements for transparency of mitigation actions.
Research Centre, University of Cape Town.
Supplementary information to the above:
Climate COP decisions on biennial update reports;
international consultation and analysis; domestic
MRV (measurable, reportable and verifiable actions)
by developing countries; registry of mitigation
actions and support.
South African TIMES
SATIM Methodology appendices version 3.2 (Excel file)
for previous versions and Methodology files)