In late October this year, the Flex4RES partners gathered in DTU Lyngby campus Copenhagen for three days to discuss the status and future activities of modelling in the project.

The workshop concluded the latest developments and tasks in progress by the partners, and made plans for future activities. Overall, good progress has been made and some interesting challenges have been detected ahead. So far, significant attention has been paid to demand side management, electric vehicle and hydrogen technology modelling.

Synergies were found with another Nordic Flagship project, SHIFT and two more projects in which DTU Management Engineering participates: FutureGAS and NSON-DK. Contact details were exchanged and we can expect a fruitful cooperation between these projects.

Furthermore, several publications from Flex4RES participants can be expected in 2017 investigating various technical challenges in modelling.

The Balmorel development within the Flex4RES project has been taken on in a grand scale. The task is to develop an open-source coherent Energy system model for Northern Europe, which is capable of tackling the future problems of the energy system in a detailed way. The overhaul of almost every major add-on in the model has been planned, as well as converting the model into the new multiannual BalBase4 format. A number of new model functionalities will be developed, some old ones perfected and others joined together to provide a better user experience and greater overall functionality. Data collection is one of the key points in the project, with attention turned to the quality of the data as well as the possibility to share the data with all the interested parties in order to provide transparent and reproducible results.

Overall, we can expect a more harmonized version of the Balmorel to be developed in the Flex4RES project, with better and more flexible possibilities for energy system modelling than ever before.