Users of PyPSA#
The following universities, research institutes, companies and non-governmental organisations are known to have either used PyPSA in the past, or to continue to use PyPSA. This list is necessarily incomplete, since we cannot track who uses PyPSA and we only find out who our users are when they contact the main developers of PyPSA.
Research publications that cite the PyPSA research paper can be found on Google Scholar.
The 1st PyPSA user meeting in 10/2022 gives good insight into the use of PyPSA in the energy sector.
Universities and Research Institutes#
Technische Universität Berlin (TUB, where PyPSA development continues): multiple research papers, for example: doi.org:10.1016/j.eneco.2021.105354, doi:10.1016/j.energy.2021.120784, doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2022.118859
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT, where PyPSA development continues): multiple research papers, for example: doi:10.1016/j.energy.2018.06.222, doi:10.1109/EEM.2019.8916411, doi:10.1016/j.esr.2018.08.012, doi:10.1016/j.epsr.2020.106690, doi:10.1145/3396851.3397688, doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2021.116726, doi:10.1186/s42162-022-00187-7
Aarhus University in Denmark: multiple research papers, for example: doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2019.02.009, doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2018.12.016, doi:10.1002/pip.3198, doi:10.1016/j.enconman.2019.111977, doi:10.1038/s41467-020-20015-4, doi:10.1016/j.joule.2022.04.016
Frankfurt Institute of Advanced Studies (FIAS, where PyPSA was initially developed): multiple research papers, for example: doi:10.1016/j.energy.2017.06.004, doi:10.1109/EEM.2017.7982024, doi:10.1016/j.energy.2018.08.070, doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2018.09.084, doi:10.1016/j.epsr.2017.12.034
TU Delft in the Netherlands: multiple research papers: doi:10.1016/j.eneco.2018.04.037, doi:10.1016/j.energy.2017.02.111
Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission converted METIS/PRIMES scenarios for the Fit for 55 package to PyPSA networks in 2022 and used PyPSA for further research: doi:10.3390/en15124233 in 2022
Chalmers University in Sweden: research paper: doi.org:10.1016/j.apenergy.2022.120016
UiT The Arctic University of Norway (UiT) and the University of Oslo (UiO) use PyPSA for studying near-optimal spaces in renewable electricity system planning: doi.org:10.1016/j.eneco.2022.106496.
The University of Edinburgh uses PyPSA within the PyPSA-meets-Earth initiative.
The University of Pisa uses PyPSA within the PyPSA-meets-Earth initiative.
Reiner Lemoine Institute, Center for Sustainable Energy Systems in Flensburg, Germany: consortial project open-Ego, multiple publications: doi:10.3390/en12112091, doi:10.1088/1742-6596/977/1/012007, doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2021.116936
Kyoto University in Japan: uses PyPSA to model several high PV penetration scenarios in Kyushu, the southernmost region of Japan, where PV capacity has been rapidly growing since 2012 and PV curtailment started in 2018: doi:10.3390/en14092389, doi:10.3390/en14154496
University of Geneva in Switzerland: research paper doi:10.1038/s41467-020-18812-y
Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE): uses PyPSA for grid modelling, research paper: doi:/10.1016/j.epsr.2020.106349
DLR Institute of Networked Energy Systems in Oldenburg, Germany: research paper doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2020.114523
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in South Africa: research publication arXiv:1710.11199
Energiewirtschaftliches Institut zu Köln (EWI): research publication Working Paper, No 17/09
Fraunhofer Institute for Energy Infrastructures and Geothermal Systems (IEG): uses PyPSA-Eur-Sec for infrastructure analysis in Europe
EIA University in Medellin, Columbia: uses PyPSA for modelling the Columbian power system in a joint research project with South American transmission company ISA
Dublin City University and the SFI Insight Centre for Data Analytics: use PyPSA for the OESM project modelling the Irish energy system
Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ) for network calculations
Forschungsstelle für Energienetze und Energiespeicher (FENES) at Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Regensburg
TH Köln used PyPSA for a study on the role of renewables, storage and sector-coupling flexibilities in Germany at varying carbon-dioxide emission levels.
Companies and Non-Governmental Organisations#
TransnetBW (the electricity transmission system operator in southwest Germany), ONTRAS, (the gas transmission system operator in eastern Germany) and d-fine (the consultancy firm): used PyPSA-Eur-Sec for a study in 2020 of the grid requirements in 2050 with a 90% reduction of carbon dioxide emissions in electricity, buildings and transport, see Stromnetz 2050, for an article in a 2021 issue of Energiewirtschaftliche Tagesfragen Die Rolle von Wasserstoff in einem klimaneutralen europäischen Energiesystem – eine modellbasierte Analyse bis 2050, and for their 2022 study Energy System 2050 - Towards a decarbonised Europe.
The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in New Delhi, India: Used PyPSA for a 2020 government-supported study of the Indian power system in 2030, see Renewable Power Pathways Report, and for a study in 2021 A Model-Based Assessment of Variable Renewable Grid Integration Costs in India
Ember, a UK-based climate NGO: published a study in September 2022 on a gas phase-out in the UK by 2030 based on their open model PyPSA-UK
Agora Energiewende, a think tank and policy institute in Germany: uses PyPSA for energy system integration studies, see for example this study from 2020: Minimizing the cost of integrating wind and solar power in Japan
Austrian Power Grid (APG), the Austrian TSO, uses PyPSA for its system vision of the Austrian energy system up to 2050, as shown in this talk
The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), a non-profit organization in the United States focused on a zero-carbon future, used PyPSA for analysing the levelised cost of hydrogen in different parts of the world in a study from 2021: Fueling the Transition: Accelerating Cost-Competitive Green Hydrogen
Climate Analytics, a non-profit climate science and policy institute, uses PyPSA for energy system studies, see for example this study from 2021: Employment opportunities from a coal-to-renewables transition in South Korea
Instrat, a think-tank focused on public policy in Poland, built PyPSA-PL and published reports in 2021 including What’s next after coal? RES potential in Poland and Achieving the goal: Coal phase-out in the Polish power sector
GIZ, the German Agency for International Cooperation (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) published and supported several studies based on PyPSA for the integration of renewables into the Vietnamese power system, power sector analysis for Thailand within the CASE programme, the future of the Indonesian power system within the “1000 Islands” programme, and the Brazilian electricity system
Meridian Economics, a consultancy based in South Africa, uses PyPSA ecosystem tools and PyPSA-Earth for South Africa. Studies published in June 2022 were on load shedding in 2021 and a plan to resolve load shedding
Energynautics GmbH, a grid integration consultancy in Germany: used PyPSA for a study of decentral electricity and heat integration in power grids in a study for the Rhineland-Palatinate state government in 2021: Pilotprojekt Dezentralisierung: Stärkere Dezentralisierung des bundesdeutschen Strom-Wärme-Systems: Rechtliche und organisatorische Rahmenbedingungen sowie infrastrukturelle Folgen (summary in English)
Witteveen+Bos, a Dutch engineering and consultancy company, used PyPSA in 2022 to consult the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy in Netherlands: Scenario study on nuclear energy
Saudi Aramco: used PyPSA for an assessment of renewables integration in 2019, see arXiv:1709.03761
Shell: uses PyPSA for electricity market simulations in Europe
ISA, a South American transmission company: uses PyPSA for modelling the Columbian power system in a joint research project with EIA University in Medellin, Columbia
elena international: uses PyPSA for customer projects and the research cooperation NETFLEX