News on KTH-dESA research on CLEWs, January 2019


January 2019

Climate resilience of power systems in East Africa-KTH researchers publish in Nature Communications
A new research article, published in Nature Communications, explores the climate resilience of power systems in the Eastern African countries. The published work was lead by KTH researchers Vignesh Sridharan, Oliver Broad (KTH/UCL), Abhishek Shivakumar and Prof Mark Howells, in collaboration with researchers from MIT, IEc, RAND and SEI. In this study, a framework consisting of long-term models for electricity supply and water systems management was developed to assess the vulnerability of potential expansion plans to the effects of climate change. For this study, the Open Source energy Modelling System (OSeMOSYS) was used to develop the electricity sector projections. The results published in this article are part of a larger study, funded by the World Bank group, exploring the resilience of Africa’s energy and water sectors.
KTH @ UNECE Hardtalk in Bosnia and Herzegovina
The Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina hosted a consultation to explore futures of renewable energy in the Drina River Basin countries. This consultation, a renewable energy Hardtalk, was funded by the Austrian Development Agency under the project “Promoting the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources in Southeastern Europe, through the use of the Nexus approach”. This project uses the Water Convention’s methodological experience on the nexus and the modelling expertise of the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm with the Global Water Partnership Mediterranean as the project's coordinating partner. KTH researchers presented their modelling work for the basin, which was developed in close collaboration with the United Nations-Economic Convention for Europe (UNECE). Representatives from the government and other public and private organisations participated in the HardTalk, which was held in Sarajevo between 4th-5th December 2018.
KTH-dESA participates in the 2nd high-level workshop on Understanding the Water-Energy Nexus, organised by the European Commission (EC) and the US Department of Energy (DOE)
The European Commission (EC) and the US Department of Energy (DoE) organised a follow-up workshop on the EU-US collaboration for the improvement of the representation of water-energy interactions in power system modelling. The collaboration between research groups enables the knowledge exchange of state-of-the-art modelling methodologies and best practices. A first workshop was held at JRC (Ispra, Italy) in September 2016. This second workshop was held at the Department of Energy headquarters in Washington DC, from 6 - 7 December 2018. One of the main goals of this event was the identification and discussion of pathways for model integration. Prof Mark Howells presented two EU projects that, among other aspects, explore the nexus between water and energy:, funded by the Directorate for Research and Innovation; and Spine, led by the Joint Research Centre.
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