About Energy Reform

Energy Reform engages in research and consultancy in the international energy sector and has specialist expertise in developing and applying state of the art power system and energy system modelling techniques in support of the energy transition. Energy Reform was born in 2011 out of the leading-edge research at the Electricity Research Centre, headed by Professor Mark O’Malley at University College Dublin and has built a global reputation for applying leading edge research in the area of renewables and energy system integration to the real challenges of modelling the transition to green energy and net-zero carbon emissions. Energy Reform has deep expertise in carrying out complex energy system modelling tasks with diverse aims and objectives in support of the energy transition including notable expertise in the areas of variable renewables, long term storage, hydrogen and Power to X. Energy Reform team members have significant experience in power system operations and modelling, having been involved in all the major landmark studies that paved the way for large shares of renewable energy on the Irish power system. These have included All Island Grid Study and the TSO Facilitation of Renewables Study. Energy Reform thus has experience and expertise modelling the specific challenges facing Island power systems. Additionally, Energy Reform is a recognised expert internationally and has represented Ireland on the International Energy Agency’s Task 25 on the Design and Operation of Power Systems with Large Amounts of Wind Power, is a member of the Global Power System Transformation Research Council and is a member of the Horizon 2020 Energy System modelling project Spine. Energy Reform will be an invaluable partner in meeting your modelling requirements.
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Our Specialist Modelling Expertise

Energy Reform have a broad toolset and expertise for carrying out a wide range of system analyses including
  • Security of Supply Analysis using methodologies specifically suited to accounting for the impact of variable renewable technologies
  • Market modelling, price forecasting and production cost modelling using advanced stochastics
  • Multi-market and multi-timescale modelling to simultaneously model futures, day-ahead, intraday and balancing markets
  • Long term investment planning modelling utilising specific methodologies to account for the impacts of variable renewables and sector coupling including:
    • Transmission, generation and storage investment planning
    • Co-optimisation of short-term operations and long-term investments and storage to account for variable renewables and sector coupling
    • Impact of sector coupling technologies such as hydrogen and power to X
  • Multi-sector energy systems modelling: with increasing shares of renewable generation and increased electrification the potential of hydrogen and power to X technologies need specific models and methodologies to capture the increased interactions between sectors, timescales and across regions. As a core member of the Spine project consortium, Energy Reform has specific expertise in this area.

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