Definition of Scenarios and Reference Cases


Work package 2 – Definition of scenarios and reference cases – aims to establish a reference framework that describes the demands hydropower plants are going to be confronted with in future transmission grids. The focus will be on identifying the dynamic loads such as those resulting from providing high ramping rates and frequent start-stop cycles.

One outcome of this work package will be a guide describing the requirements hydropower plants in Europe must meet in the future. For the final recommendations, the guide will provide information about the financial benefits resulting from providing fast ancillary service. The guide will give important contributions to the transmission system operators and other entities involved in the planning and development of the power system.

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This work package aims to identify and describe the demands that hydropower plants will be confronted with in future power systems. In particular, WP 2 includes:

  • The definition of three European energy scenarios
  • The identification of hydropower plants as reference sites to describe the future dynamic operating conditions hydropower plants can experience
  • The calculation and simulation of the future requirements for the identified reference sites
  • The development of a guide describing the future requirements for hydropower plants, the specific design considerations and technical implications for power plants developers.


WP2 is led by the Institute of Power Systems and Power Economics (IAEW) at RWTH Aachen University

Head of Institute: Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Albert Moser

Contact: Peter Wirtz