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Hydrothermal energy systems

Hydrothermal energy systems

The term 'hydrothermal energy system' refers here to SINTEF's expertise in, and the data models SINTEF uses to analyse, hydrothermal power systems.

The models are used for a variety of different analyses, including:

  • Price forecasting
  • Production planning
  • Investment analyses (transmission grid and production)
  • System reliability
  • Various types of impact analyses

SINTEF carries out research and development into, and offers for sale, data models that can be applied in connection with the analyses listed above. We can also carry out client-specific analyses for market players. Typically, the models are used to carry out analyses on time scales ranging from weeks to several years.

SINTEF has accumulated the following expertise in this field over many years:

  • Optimisation, and specifically, stochastic dynamic optimisations
  • Economic analyses
  • Statistics
  • Programming
  • A technical understanding of the electricity power system (production, transmission and consumption)
  • The application of software

We typically carry out the following types of project:
SINTEF carries out R&D activities linked to models that are used to analyse hydrothermal power systems.

In terms of R&D, we work primarily with the development, implementation and testing of innovative methods and algorithms that are better than current computational approaches at calculating the performance characteristics of the hydrothermal power system. SINTEF also carries out assignments of a more advisory nature with the aim of assisting users to utilise our models more effectively. We also act as consultants in connection with other projects in which we transfer our expertise in hydrothermal power systems to the user.

Why choose SINTEF?
SINTEF has more than 40 years' experience in the planning and operation of hydrothermal power systems. In such models, our expertise is specifically linked to the modelling of complex hydropower systems. Due to the complexity of hydropower systems, these are normally represented in a highly simplified form in such models. SINTEF's models include all relevant physical parameters related to the production system and transmission process.

SINTEF carries out its R&D in consultation with the users of our models. This promotes a development process that is well suited to the needs of the market.

Who are our clients?

  • Transmission System Operators
  • Electricity producers
  • Regulators
  • Consultants/ Market analysers


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