Regional Energy Modelling

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  • Project duration: June 2014 - December 2022
  • Project status: ongoing
  • Funding:
    Internal funding EURAC (Project)

The project RegEnMod, Regional Energy Modelling, has the scope to inspect the best future energy mixes and pathways to limit greenhouse gas emissions in the regional energy system. We do this by means of simulation and optimisation computer models of the energy system. We have started from open models such as EnergyPLAN ( and Oemof ( and we have built upon them to overcome the main challenges of these tools. These models are used to answer different research questions such as how to reduce emissions at the lowest costs? Which are the best flexibility options to integrate variable renewable energy sources? What will be the future cost of the energy system and its cost structure? Which are the benefits of a sector-coupling approach versus the modelling of specific sectors of the energy system? What is the role of energy efficiency of buildings in the decarbonisation process? Which are the approximations introduced in the final results by a lower resolution in the modelling process? Lowering the resolution in time, space, techno-economic detail or sector coupling is usually necessary to have acceptable computation times.

In RegEnMod we follow an Open source philosophy, publishing data, documentations and codes together with our articles and publications to enhance transparency and reproducibility. The developed models have been used for a variety of case studies at different scales. At regional level we have studied for example the following applications: South Tyrol, Niederosterreich and Salzburg region. We have applied the models also at country level, such as Italy and partially Ukraine, at European level and at insular level (e.g. Island of Favignana). ​​​​​​​

Costs of utility‐scale photovoltaic systems integration in the future Italian energy scenarios
Veronese E, Prina MG, Berizzi A, Moser D, Manzolini G (2021)
Journal article
Progress in Photovoltaics

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Italian protocol for massive solar integration: From solar imbalance regulation to firm 24/365 solar generation
Pierro M, Perez R, Perez M, Prina MG, Moser D, Cornaro C (2021)
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Renewable Energy

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The EPLANopt model for Favignana island's energy transition
Groppi D, Nastasi B, Prina MG, Astiaso Garcia D (2021)
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Energy Conversion and Management

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A regional energy model to show the potential and viability
Sparber W (2021)

Conference: SuHRF Symposium - Energy Transition in Heritage Contexts | online | 1.12.2021 - 1.12.2021

Renewable Energy Communities: Business Models of Multi-family Housing Buildings
Casalicchio V, Manzolini G, Prina MG, Moser D (2021)
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Multi-Objective Optimization Model EPLANopt for Energy Transition Analysis and Comparison with Climate-Change Scenarios
Prina MG, Manzolini G, Moser D, Vaccaro R, Sparber W (2020)
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Multi-objective investment optimization for energy system models in high temporal and spatial resolution
Prina MG, Casalicchio V, Kaldemeyer C, Manzolini G, Moser D, Wanitschke (2020)
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Applied Energy

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Analysis of smart energy system approach in local alpine regions - A case study in Northern Italy
Bellocchi S, De Iulio R, Guidi G, Manno M, Nastasi B, Noussan M, Prina MG, Roberto R (2020)
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La decarbonizzazione del sistema energetico italiano: quanto costa quello previsto dal PNIEC
Prina MG (2020)
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Ingenio: Informazione tecnica e progettuale

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EPLANopt optimization model based on EnergyPLAN applied at regional level: the future competition on excess electricity production from renewables
Prina MG, Moser D, Vaccaro R, Sparber W (2020)
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International Journal of Sustainable Energy Planning and Management

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Classification and challenges of bottom-up energy system models - A review
Prina MG, Manzolini G, Moser D, Nastasi B, Sparber W (2020)
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Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews

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Electrification of transport and residential heating sectors in support of renewable penetration: Scenarios for the Italian energy system
Bellocchi S, Manno M, Noussan M, Prina MG, Vellini M (2020)
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Transition pathways optimization methodology through EnergyPLAN software for long-term energy planning
Prina M G, Lionetti M, Manzolini G, Sparber W, Moser D (2019)
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Applied Energy

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Incorporating combined cycle gas turbine flexibility constraints andadditional costs into the EPLANopt model: The Italian case study
Prina MG, Fanali L, Manzolini G, Moser D, Sparber W (2018)
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Multi-objective optimization algorithm coupled to EnergyPLAN software: The EPLANopt model
Prina MG, Cozzini M, Garegnani G, Manzolini G, Moser D, Filippi Oberegger U, Pernetti R, Vaccaro R, Sparber W (2018)
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Smart energy systems applied at urban level: the case of the municipality of Bressanone-Brixen
Prina MG, Cozzini M, Garegnani G, Moser D, Filippi-Oberegger U, Vaccaro R, Sparber W (2016)
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International Journal of Sustainable Energy Planning and Management


Wolfram Sparber

Project managerT 106550 1740 93+ude.carue@rebraps.marflow


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