energyRt: Making Energy Systems modeling as simple as a linear regression in R

energyRt is a package for R to develop Reference Energy System (RES) models and analyze energy-technologies.

energyRt package provides tools to build RES (“Bottom-Up”), technological, linear cost-minimizing models, which can be solved using GAMS and GLPK. The RES model has similarities with TIMES/MARKAL, OSeMOSYS, but has its own specifics, f.i. definition of technologies.

energyRt package is a set of classes, methods, and functions in R which are designed to:

Motivation

Development status

The project has the first beta release, which includes Utopia model examples, solvable with GAMS or GLPK. Main functions have been documented, the extended tutorial is in process. By now, the functionaligy of the package allows developing multi-region models with hierarhical time-slices, exogenous and endogenous trade routes, and flexible technologies. Several large-scale projects are on the way, including “CHN_ELC_PRO” (China Electric Power Sector province level) and “usensys” (US energy system model). A visualization of some scenarios is available here:

Authors and Contributors

The package is designed by Oleg Lugovoy (@olugovoy) and Vladimir Potashnikov (@vpotashnikov).