Emerge Toolbox

The EMERGE Toolbox is the central concept of the project (Figure 5). The Toolbox consists of a set of methods, algorithms, tools, and platforms that support development and analysis of energy systems based on green technology at a large scale. The tools in the Toolbox provide a wide variety of functionalities, including the integration of flexible energy assets, platforms and interfaces for effective visualisation and data analysis, and advanced model-based algorithms for the analysis of energy systems and decision-making. The central feature of the EMERGE Toolbox is a set of software-agnostic, open source solutions for the operation and optimisation of energy systems for increasing renewable energy penetration, energy efficiency, and flexibility provision.

The Tools in the EMERGE Toolbox are designed and implemented following the same Common System Architecture (CSA), defined as a set of social, technologic, and economic requirements for the design of energy system analysis solutions.
The Common System Architecture will be based on relevant economic, social, environmental and technical requirements identified through a codesign process that will involve citizens and relevant stakeholders from the energy sector value-chain (WP1). This will identify key frameworks, engagement strategies and preferences in the energy system modelling, which will guide the development of the tools in EMERGE Toolbox.
This process will be complemented by technical (standardisation, data exchange and interoperability) requirements (WP2, WP3) and by a holistic overview of regulatory frameworks, policies, enabling energy markets, and business models (WP4) that support the implementation of actions that stimulate the integration of clean technologies in the energy systems. Through this design methodology, the EMERGE project will provide solutions that are, at their core:

Tailored to different climate, social, technologic, and economic conditions

The software-agnostic, multi sector and optimization-based tools enable the tailoring of energy system models for different scenarios. By identifying citizens’ behaviour through a data-driven approach, tools for energy system analysis can be quickly tailored to match the social, environmental and technical characteristics.

Based on a holistic understanding of regulatory frameworks and existing energy markets, the tools can provide profitable business models for renewable energy sources and flexibility providers for a wide range of scenarios.

The African experts and other target groups of the EMERGE Toolbox will interact with the relevant tools via different user interfaces and engagement strategies, implemented according to the context of the observed energy system and the desired scenario to be implemented.

Flexible, interoperable, and replicable

EMERGE will address multiple energy vectors and the integration between them for increasing the energy efficiency of the energy systems.

The interaction between electricity and water will also be discussed especially through cooperation with ONEPlanET where CARTIF, ECREEE and AfriLabs are also partners. Moreover, considering the electrification of consumer vehicles, the transport sector will play an important role as another flexibility solution, especially in pilots with stronger energy infrastructure. Electrification of residential environments and their heating and cooling systems will also be considered, with heating and cooling being a critical component for flexibility applications in the residential context. The defined CSA will follow the principle of interoperability and replicability, ensuring that the tools in the Toolbox can be easily integrated with each other or can be implemented as stand-alone solutions.

The foundation of software-agnostic and flexible algorithms also enables the swift replication of the tools in different environments with different energy assets. The BRIDGE initiative’s guideline methodology (with advice from CIRCE) for scalability and replicability analysis will be followed to ensure large scale replication of the key exploitable results (KERs).

In order to support the EMERGE Toolbox, a open database will be developed by BrainIT and based on CSA. The database will include data of existing databases such as FAOSTAT, AQUASTAT, WORLBANK, WIOD, Copernicus, GEOSS, etc. and will be organised in structured manner. The EMERGE database will be easy to search and modify which will make it easy to implement a Knowledge Base and new test cases. The database will also include different sectors, thus enabling the representation of social, economical, environmental and technical parameters.