Energy systems analysis and planning group
The Energy systems analysis group undertakes research and analysis and training that enhances understanding of energy use and energy systems for policy and decision-making in the following areas:
- Energy and climate mitigation modelling
- Energy systems analysis
- Decision support on energy infrastructure and energy efficiency across the sectors
- Analysis of energy supply dynamics
- Behavioural aspects of energy usage
- Analysis of energy use dynamics
- Energy data collation, managment and dissemination.
- Data interrogation and energy and related data mining
Members of the group in 2015:
- Fadiel Ahjum
- Alison Hughes (programme leader)
- Bryce McCall
- Bruno Merven
Other links for the group
South 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 file.
For details and the methodology detailing the approach and assumptions for SATIM click here.
Current research and projects
Currently the main research areas are in energy demand for liquid fuels, carbon capture and torage in Southern Africa, public access energy database, behavioural aspects of energy efficiency, support for the Long Term Mitigation Scenario’s Update, support for the Mitigation Action Plans and Scenarios project and these are further described through the project links shown below. Other research interests and services have included city and municipal modelling and planning, and regional (SADC) energy modelling and planning, the energisation of low-income households, national integrated energy planning and utility planning support.