Category: Research

WITCH modeling meeting – Renewables

WITCH modeling meeting – Renewables

As I discussed in a couple of posts in the past weeks (here and here), I am still working on refining the new modeling of Variable Renewable Energies in WITCH in order to make the MERCURY version of the model fully compatible with the master version. Yesterday we had the WITCH internal modeling meeting, where I presented the progress of my work: you can find the presentation here. Still a lot of work to do, but step by step…

Renewables never die…

Renewables never die…

Yes, I have still been working on the implementation of the renewable module in the master version of the WITCH model… Technical issues are numerous and an optimal code configuration is yet to be found. One of the most problematic aspects is that the convergence is very slow, so sometimes up to an hour, or even more, is needed just to check the impact of one small change. But honestly, the most problematic aspect is that I really hate this…

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System integration, storage, and grid in WITCH – Additional work needed

System integration, storage, and grid in WITCH – Additional work needed

Talking about Deliverable D1.1, I had mentioned the work needed to align the WITCH version developed for the MERCURY project by Marco, Simone and me with the official version of the code (that we normally call “master”). Simone took care of this activity, which seemed to have been completed. However, in the last weeks some technical issues arose. The problems are not related to the quality of the new modules and their integration in the master version of the model…

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Solar PV learning in Integrated Assessment Models – Advancements

Solar PV learning in Integrated Assessment Models – Advancements

After completing the reporting activity concerning the first year of my marie Curie project, in the last days I went back the solar PV activity, about which I wrote many posts in the past months. In these days I mostly worked on WITCH, indeed, since in the analysis of the results I had found a small inconcistency in one scenario, which I had to re-run. However, I also started analyzing the replies to the comments that the other teams progressively…

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Deliverable 1.2 and periodic report completed

Deliverable 1.2 and periodic report completed

Finally in the past days I completed the last steps of the reporting activity which is required at the end of the first year of the project, i.e. Deliverable 1.2 and the periodic report. D1.2 is titled “Interactions and joint applications between the WITCH and the SWITCH models”. As I wrote in more than one post in the Research section (for instance here), the original objective of Work Package 1 was the modeling improvement of WITCH, concerning the system integration…

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LEAP – Rome

LEAP – Rome

Last Friday I went to Rome, where I participated in the LEAPin event organized at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. What is LEAP? Since I am lazy, and above all I would not like to be inaccurate, I report what was written on the presentation document 🙂 (I also link to the official website) “LEAP Summit is an international conference which gathers every year thousands of international students, young professionals and young entrepreneurs who are leaders in their communities. It…

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Deliverable 1.1 completed

Deliverable 1.1 completed

In the past days I finally completed Deliverable 1.1 which describes the new modeling of system integration, storage, and grid in the WITCH model. As you know, this represented the main research work that I conducted during my American year (in collaboration with Simone and Marco). Some weeks ago I had already written a post about this activity, so I will not spend any further words about this: in this page I simply report the deliverable, that you can find…

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IAERE – Turin

IAERE – Turin

In the past days I took part in the annual conference of the Italian Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (IAERE), which was organized by the Department of Economics and Statistics of the University of Turin. This is a conference that I always attend: since its first edition in Ferrara in 2013, I basically missed only the 2017 edition in Rome… but only because I was in the United States! As I anticipated in the last but one post of…

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System integration, storage, and grid in WITCH – Deliverable 1.1

System integration, storage, and grid in WITCH – Deliverable 1.1

The improvement of the modeling of system integration, storage, and grid in the WITCH model has been the main topic of the first year of the MERCURY project. The part regarding the system integration was developed in the first half of the year and was discussed in the seminar that I gave at FEEM in June. Storage and grid, instead, were developed in the second half of the year and were described in the final talk that I held at…

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Solar PV learning in Integrated Assessment Models – Second submission

Solar PV learning in Integrated Assessment Models – Second submission

Finally I can provide some updates on the core research activities that I carried out in the last couple of months. After the seminar that I gave in late November at UC Berkeley, apart from fixing some details about the system integration modeling in WITCH that were raised during the talk, I resumed the work about the exploration of pathways of solar PV learning in Integrated Assessment Models, that I had already described in many previous posts. After the analysis…

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