Energy optimisation

Belarus beneficiary of EU software

Published on: 27/02/2019

After the EU28 countries and the Balkans, it is now Belarus that benefits from the DISPA-Set Energy optimisation model, distributed under the European Union Public Licence (EUPL-1.2).

The software, which can be freely reused, adapted and re-distributed according to the open source licence, supports the global planning of energy resources. In the future, managing energy means max maximizing the integration of renewable energy sources in a global power supply system.

This will be especially important in Belarus where the energy sector is mainly running on fossil fuels. Approximately two third of the country’s energy production is covered by natural gas, which is mainly imported from Russia. Therefore, increasing the share of renewables in the energy balance has become one of the priority areas of the economic policy of the Belarusian government. In this regard, the objective of the provided tool targets the development and inclusion in a global power supply of smart power and heating systems that can handle increased shares of renewable energy.

The research model focuses on several aspects such as balancing issues, flexibility requirements and congestion management in the Belarusian power supply grid.

The Belarusian energy system has been modeled in Dispa-SET. Several scenarios with high share of renewable energy sources were created, with the aim to integrate as much renewables sources as possible into the system and to check their impact on global energy costs.

Dispa-SET is mainly developed within the Institute for Energy and Transport (IET), based both in Petten (the Netherlands) and Ispra (Italy), in close collaboration with the University of Liège and the KU Leuven (Belgium). The IET is one of the seven scientific institutes of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission. Adapting it to Belarus is done in collaboration with the Belarusian National Technical University.

The main Dispa-SET model features can be summarized as follows:

  • Minimum and maximum power for each unit
  • Power plant ramping limits
  • Reserves up and down
  • Minimum up/down times
  • Load Shedding
  • Curtailment
  • Pumped-hydro storage
  • Non-dispatchable units (e.g. wind turbines, run-of-river, etc.)
  • Start-up, ramping and no-load costs
  • Multi-nodes with capacity constraints on the lines (congestion)
  • Constraints on the targets for renewables and/or CO2 emissions
  • Yearly schedules for the outages (forced and planned) of each units
  • CHP power plants and thermal storage

Dispa-SET is a free/open source software licensed under the “European Union Public Licence” EUPL-1.2. It can be redistributed and/or modified under the terms of this license.

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