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 of the first results progressively submitted in the first part of 2017, in the last months the participating modeling teams (IMAGE, POLES, and REMIND, in addition to WITCH) were requested to submit a new and broader set of scenarios. December and January were thus dedicated to i) re-run WITCH for the second round of scenarios, and ii) carry out a cross-cutting analysis of the new results from the other models.
In these days I am completing this activity, and I am about to write to the modeling teams to share with them the outcome of this analysis. I am looking forward to receiving their comments and feedbacks.
In the meantime, I will present this work at the annual conference of the Italian Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (IAERE), which will be held in Turin on February 15-16, and obviously I will include the new results. As usual, I will upload the relevant presentation.
Apart from some inconsistencies that might lead to technical resubmissions, this will be the last round of scenarios. Therefore, once all results are finalized and validated, I will be able to start drafting the paper.
This will probably be done no before late March, though. In fact I have to submit the deliverables describing the activities of the first year of the MERCURY project within March 15, so this will be my main duty for the next weeks. Naturally, writing the deliverables will be the perfect occasion to draft the relevant papers as well.