You can define your conversion technology with the following parameters:
- Process Name: The name your technology based on its function, e.g. Heat pump.
- Hubs: One or more hubs where the technology should be installed
- Lifetime [years]: The lifetime is the number of years for which the technology is expected to be useful.
- Capacity [kW]: Only filled when there is an existing conversion technology so the capacity doesn't need to be optimized.
- Fixed Investment [CHF]: Investment costs for the entire lifetime of the technology that are not relative to the installed capacity.
- Variable Investment [CHF/kW]: Investment costs for the entire lifetime that depends on the capacity of the installed technology.
- Fixed O&M Cost [CHF]: Operational and Maintenance cost per year that are not relative to the installed capacity.
- Fixed O&M Cost [CHF/kW]: Operational and Maintenance costs per year that depend on the installed capacity.
- Variable O&M Cost [CHF/kWh]: Operational and Maintenance costs which depend on the total energy output of the conversion technology.
- Minimum Load [%]: Minimum % of optimal total Capacity at which the technology must operate
- Maximum Load [%]: Maximum % of optimal total Capacity at which the technology must operate
- Minimum Capacity [kW]: Minimum Capacity that the conversion technology should have
- Maximum Capacity [kW]: Maximum Capacity that the conversion technology should have
- Minimum Output [kWh]: Minimum total Output that the conversion technology should provide
- Maximum Output [kWh]: Maximum total Output that the conversion technology could provide
- CO2 Investment [kgCO2-eq./kW]: CO2 emitted for the installation of the conversion technology in the entire lifetime depending on the installed capacity.
- Input Energy Carriers: The different energy carriers used for the energy conversion process. A single primary input energy carrier has to be defined. The share of all inputs must be equal to 1. It is possible to define NO input ECs if an energy flow wants to be reversed. (e.g. With 2 output ECs to represent provision of "cooling service" as "heat extraction"). (See picture below for clarification)
- Output Energy Carriers: The different energy carriers resulting from the energy conversion process. A single primary output energy carrier has to be defined. The share of all outputs must be equal to 1. It is possible to define NO output ECs too. (See picture below for clarification)
- Efficiency: Energy efficiency to respect the primary input and primary output energy carriers. It is defined as: Energy 1st output EC / Energy 1st input EC. (See diagram below for clarification)
- Seasonal Constraint: Possibility to set a constraint on the seasonal operation of your technology, e.g. Only in summer.
- New Functions: The functions of a technology allow to define different "modes" of operation of that technology. In each function only the Efficiency, Input ECs and Output ECs and Seasonal Constraint can be changed. Only one extra function can be added to a conversion technology (E.g a heat pump with heating function and cooling function).
In the results of the optimization the name of the second function of the technologies is identified with the suffix ".1". (e.g. the 2nd function of the technology with name "Heat pump" will be "Heat pump.1")
The summed output per hour of both functions cannot be higher than the chosen capacity by the optimizer.
- Virtual Technology: Possibility to set a technology to virtual. This is not a real technology but just a way to model specific energy flows (e.g. transfer of Renewable electricity to Electricity ) or to provide different options to the optimizer for energy carrier connections, (e.g. Allow the optimizer to choose from 3 different electricity inputs with different CO2 intensities)
- Select Saved: Possibility to choose from technologies you have saved in the past.
- Select From Our Database: Database of a number of technologies you can choose from.