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Developing an Integrated Energy–Economy Model Framework for Islands

E3Modelling S.A., 11523 Athens, Greece
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Energies 2023, 16(3), 1275; https://doi.org/10.3390/en16031275
Received: 22 December 2022 / Revised: 17 January 2023 / Accepted: 19 January 2023 / Published: 25 January 2023
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Development, Energy Economics and Economic Analysis)

Abstract

This paper presents a new energy–economy system modelling approach, developed specifically for energy system planning in non-interconnected islands, aiming for decarbonization. Energy system planning is an essential tool to shape the energy transition to reach carbon neutrality in the medium- and long-term horizon. Islands, as small-scale energy systems, have a limited contribution to the global climate targets, but due to their geographical and natural limitations, they present the potential to become frontrunners in the clean energy transition, especially regarding the efficient use of resources. The specificities and complexities of geographical islands cannot be adequately covered by the available energy modelling tools and new advanced approaches need to be developed to provide the appropriate support in designing the future decarbonized energy systems at insular level. Our methodological approach follows the adaptation and customization of well-established energy–economy modelling tools towards the development of an integrated island-scale energy–economy system model, capturing energy demand and supply by sector, heating/cooling and mobility requirements, energy efficiency potentials and their complex interactions through energy prices, storage, flexibility services and sectoral integration. By soft-linking the energy and economy system modelling tools through the consistent exchange of model parameters and variables, we developed a fully fledged modelling framework called IntE3-ISL, designed for islands with a horizon up to 2050.
Keywords: energy planning; island decarbonization; bottom-up models; E3-ISL energy–economy system modelling tool; island energy system transition; modelling non-interconnected regions energy planning; island decarbonization; bottom-up models; E3-ISL energy–economy system modelling tool; island energy system transition; modelling non-interconnected regions

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Flessa, A.; Fragkiadakis, D.; Zisarou, E.; Fragkos, P. Developing an Integrated Energy–Economy Model Framework for Islands. Energies 2023, 16, 1275. https://doi.org/10.3390/en16031275

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Flessa A, Fragkiadakis D, Zisarou E, Fragkos P. Developing an Integrated Energy–Economy Model Framework for Islands. Energies. 2023; 16(3):1275. https://doi.org/10.3390/en16031275

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Flessa, Anna, Dimitris Fragkiadakis, Eleftheria Zisarou, and Panagiotis Fragkos. 2023. "Developing an Integrated Energy–Economy Model Framework for Islands" Energies 16, no. 3: 1275. https://doi.org/10.3390/en16031275

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