Techno-data Timeslices

The techno-data timeslices is an optinal file which contains information on technologies, their region, timeslices, utilization factors and minimum service factor. The objective of this file is to link the utilization factor and minimum service factor to timeslices. For instance, if you were to model solar photovoltaics, you would probably want to specify that they can not produce any electricty at night, or if you’re modelling a nuclear power plant, that they must generate a minimum amount of electricity. The techno-data timeslice file enables you to do that. Note, that if this file is not present, the utilization facto will be used from the technodata file.

Techno-data

ProcessName

RegionName

Time

month

day

hour

UtilizationFactor

MinimumServiceFactor

Unit

Year

gasCCGT

R1

2020

all-year

all-week

night

1

1

gasCCGT

R1

2020

all-year

all-week

morning

1

2

ProcessName

represents the technology ID and needs to be consistent across all the data inputs

RegionName

represents the region ID and needs to be consistent across all the data inputs

Time

represents the period of the simulation to which the value applies; it needs to contain at least the base year of the simulation

month

represents the first level of the timeslice. This input is dynamic and so does not necessarily need to be a month, but a season for instance. As long as it matches with the toml file.

day

represents the second level of the timeslice. Again, this input is dynamic, and thus does not necessarily need to be a day - as long as it matches with the toml file.

hour

represents the third level of the timeslice.

UtilizationFactor

represents the maximum actual output of the technology in a year, divided by the theoretical maximum output if the technology were operating at full capacity for the whole year per timeslice. This overwrites the UtilizationFactor in the technodata file.

MinimumServiceFactor

represents the minimum service that a technology can output. For instance, the minimum amount of electricity that can be output from a nuclear power plant at a particular timeslice.

The input data has to be provided for the base year. Additional years within the time framework of the overall simulation can be defined. In this case, MUSE would interpolate the values between the provided periods and assume a constant value afterwards.