The whole systems energy modelling consortium (wholeSEM) is a ground breaking multi-institution initiative to develop, integrate and apply state-of-the-art energy models.
Energy models provide essential quantitative insights into the 21st Century challenges of decarbonisation, energy security, energy equity, and cost-effectiveness. Models provide the integrating language and framework that assists energy policy makers – focusing at different scales and time periods – to make improved decisions and trade-offs in conditions of pervasive uncertainty. Whole systems energy modelling also has a central role in helping energy supply companies to make technical and economic decisions with regard to future energy technologies and infrastructure, as well as in the assessment of the potential role of societal and behavioural change.
wholeSEM has now concluded, a final word from Professor Neil Strachan:
“Energy models provide the integrating language and essential quantitative insights into these 21st Century challenges of decarbonisation, energy security and cost-effectiveness. The wholeSEM consortium ran from 2013 to 2017 and played a fundamental underpinning role in the UK’s strategic energy modelling activity.
The attached presentation was successively presented to key UCK energy policy stakeholders – Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Committee on Climate Change (CCC), Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (OFGEM) and the Energy Systems Catapult (ESC). It discusses how wholeSEM fulfilled its research goals through the development and documentation of major modelling tools, with a wide set of academic publications and conference presentations. The outreach function of wholeSEM to bind together the UK modelling community is discussed through four international leading annual energy conferences, a series of specialist events and an innovative bilateral Fellowship programme. The policy impact of wholeSEM is seen in the major contributions to key developments, including CCC’s 5th carbon budget, and BEIS’ Clean Growth Strategy.
Perhaps most innovative was wholeSEM breaking new ground on interdisciplinary energy modelling, addressing the conceptual and practical difficulties of truly cross-disciplinary analysis and insights. As Principal Investigator of wholeSEM, it has been my privilege to work with our four partner universities and with our Advisory Board over the last 4 years.” Professor Neil Strachan
12 March 2018“Energy models provide the integrating language and essential quantitative insights into these 21st Century challenges of decarbonisation, energy security and cost-effectiveness. The wholeSEM consortium ran from 2013 to 2017 and played a fundamental ...
21 November 2017
28 June 2017The United Kingdom was the first country to sign binding emissions reduction targets into law in 2008, and has been a strong proponent of global action on climate change for the last decade.
30 March 2017The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) and the Whole Systems Energy Modelling consortium (wholeSEM) are inviting participants to a 2 hour workshop on the ETI's latest research collaboration with the UCL Energy Institute.
03 - 04 July 2017Keynote
wholeSEM Stakeholder Event: Top Down Integration Project - Challenging the Feasibility and Key Elements of a Long Term Decarbonisation Pathway
30 November 2016Models are often relied upon by policy makers to provide evidence that informs the decision-making process. But what kind of evidence is needed? How is uncertainty communicated? And based upon what assumptions?
21 - 22 September 2016
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Join Professor Neil Strachan and members of the wholeSEM consortium at BIEE’s 11th Oxford research conference for two days of ...
04 - 05 July 2016Our 3rd Annual Conference combines our strands of thinking that try to model the future energy pathways under uncertainty where the demands of policy makers and indeed the framing of the issues are ...