Grenoble workshop 2024: registration and details

This topic gathers together preliminary information for the upcoming Grenoble‑2024 workshop in Grenoble, France. The core programme runs from 26–28 March 2024 — with further attendance on the afternoons of 25 March and 28 March being optional. Scroll down for the provisional agenda. This page will be updated as needed.

The event will be free of charge.


We are happy to welcome you to the 12th European Open Energy Modelling Workshop in Grenoble, France.

The joint organizers are:

  • CRESYM: Collaborative Research for Energy SYstem Modelling
  • OTE: Observatoire de la Transition Energétique or Energy Transition Observatory which gathers several labs from the Université Grenoble Alpes.

The open energy modelling initiative (openmod) is one of the largest grassroots initiatives in the energy planning field. We exchange ideas and source code, lobby for policy support for open projects, actively share data, results, and know-how, and seek community-wide solutions to overarching challenges. Learn more about openmod by reading the manifesto.

We are expecting European researchers, laboratories and companies commited to open source practices to come and discuss energy system modelling for policy making, long-term planning, design and operation. Some keywords: open models and data, optimisation models, agent-based models, dynamic models, machine learning, sector-coupling, electricity markets and stability, hydrogen, heat, water, carbon, resources, justice, equity, resilience, global south.

This workshop is open to all researchers working on similar or related topics, whether they are experienced, beginners, from universities, research facilities or companies. Everyone is welcome to participate by contributing through a lightning talk and/or a poster or a breakout session (see the Call for participation session)


Day Time Item Parallel items
Monday 25 March - Day 0 (optional)
13:00-13:30 Welcome @GreEn-ER
13:30-15:30 Visits @CEA (batteries/hydrogen) Visits @GreEn-ER/LNCMI
15:30-17:00 Visits @CEA (hydrogen/batteries) Visits @LNCMI/GreEn-ER
17:00-18:00 Batteries and hydrogen techno-economics @CEA ABC building
Tuesday 26 March - Day 1
8:30-9:30 Welcome and breakfast
9:30-10:15 Introduction
10:15-11:00 Lightning talks - Session 1
11:00-11:15 Short break
11:15-12:00 Lightning talks - Session 2
12:00-12:30 Market place for breakout groups
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 Poster session
15:30-16:00 Snack break
16:00-17:30 Breakout groups - Session A Breakout groups
Wednesday 27 March - Day 2
8:45-9:30 Breakfast
9:30-10:15 Lightning talks - Session 3
10:15-10:30 Short break
10:30-10:15 Lightning talks - Session 4
11:15-12:00 Keynote : Ensuring a reliable grid: RTE’s investment in open-source technologies - Paul Plessiez & Sabéra Mamodaly
12:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 Breakout groups - Session B Breakout groups
15:30-16:00 Snack break
16:00-17:30 Breakout groups - Session C Breakout groups
19:30 Social event @BarRadis
Thursday 28 March - Day 3
9:00-9:45 Light breakfast
9:45-10:30 Breakout groups: report back
10:30-11:15 Keynote: Contrasted modelling for a constrained world - Hugo Le Boulzec & Louis Delannoy
11:15-11:30 Short break
11:30-12:30 Future of openmod and closing speech
12:30-14:30 Lunch
14:30-17:30 Extra time and rooms for discussions

Call for participation

Lightning talks: A lightning talk is a very short presentation of your topic in (strictly less than) 4 minutes. The aim is to provide some key information to the community or introduce your work to provoke informal discussions later on. Upload your slides here before March 22 (as .pptx or .pdf). The name of your file should be: “LightningTalkNumber_NAME”; for instance: “08_HODENCQ”. You can find your lightning talk number in the detailed agenda below.

Breakout groups: A breakout group is a session of 1.5–3.0 hours dedicated to a particular topic. It can take several forms including tutorials, trainings, brainworks, other do-a-thons, etc. Feel free to propose your own format! To indicate your contribution, please follow the instructions here after registration.

You are also welcome to suggest a short social activity alongside the event — typically before the first morning slot or at the end of the day. This can include, for instance, meditation, stretching, walking, debating, etc. Please contact us!

Publication of contents on the forum

Please note that your content needs to carry a CC‑BY‑4.0 license in order to be uploaded to the forum for distribution.

Poster printing

If you want your poster to be printed in Grenoble, please mention it on the form that has been sent to participants and follow these instructions:

  • Upload your poster here before March 20th
  • The format must be A0 PDF (840 × 1190mm)
  • Retrieve it at the printer shop (700 meters from the MaCI: 1102 Av. Centrale, 38400 Saint-Martin-d’Hères)
  • Pay directly at the shop

The prices will degressive with the number of posters (22 euros/poster for 10 posters, 20 euros/poster for 25 posters etc., knowing that we currently have 38 participants with a poster).

Lightning talks: detailed program

Session 1 - Tuesday 10:15 to 11:00

  • 1: A low demand scenario for Europe modelled in PyPSA-EUR, Muhammad Umair Tareen

  • 2: Synthetic Smart Meter Data - Open Source Community, Gus Chadney

  • 3: Non-Profits in the World of Open Energy Planning - A Glimpse into OET projects, Maximilian Parzen

  • 4: How the big assessments can profit from open source modelling, Georg Thomassen

  • 5: A cascade-modelling approach for energy systems in developing countries, Carlos Fernandez

  • 6: GENeSYS-MOD.jl: a julia version of GENeSYS-MOD, Dimitri Pinel

  • 7: NRGISE: An MDP Approach to Energy System Modeling used to Investigate Control Strategies of Energy Storages, Tobias Rohrer

  • 8: Carbon resources/cycle in the energy system transition, Louis Merceron

  • 9: Unsustainable economic institutions in transition scenarios, Victor Ecrement

Session 2 - Tuesday 11:20 to 12:00

  • 10: What do we mean with “sector coupling” and why should we model it?, Marie Münster

  • 11: Coupling of energy system and hydrology models for improved representation and sector integration, Jean-Nicolas Louis

  • 12: Data-Driven Demand Estimation in Electrification: A Machine-Learning Approach to Enhance Rural Energy Systems, Alessandro Onori

  • 13: Supporting the integration of renewable energy systems in electrical grids with PowSyBl Metrix tool, Alexis Godefroy

  • 14: European climate policies: effects on the electricity sector with PyPSA-Pol model, Alice Di Bella

  • 15: Enhancing consumer insights through simulation-driven adaptive surveys: coupling energy models with household surveys, Matteo Barsanti

  • 16: Cross sector integration through the development and integration of surrogate models based on machine learning, Tim Graulich

  • 17: PERSEE, a CEA planning tool based on MILP: on the way to partial open source?, Pimprenelle Parmentier and Stéphanie Crevon

Session 3 - Wednesday 9:30 to 10:15

  • 18: A PAC scenario with 100% RES by 2040 using PyPSA-Eur, Thomas Gilon

  • 19: Towards an open data lifecycle tailored to energy, Seun Osonuga

  • 20: Predicting Tomorrows Generation- and Consumption-Based Grid Emission Intensities for German Federal States using a Renewable Forecasting Tool based on atlite, Tim Fuermann

  • 21: Metadata support for FAME models, Christoph Schimeczek

  • 22: Coupling energy planning tools with open-source macroeconomic models, Pierre Jacques

  • 23: Presentation of ATLAS, RTE’s market simulation model, Emily Little

  • 24: Optimisation of an electricity-and-heat coupled system at the territory scale: should the heat production be diluted or non-diluted?, Lukas Hofmann

  • 25: NFDI4Energy – National Research Data Infrastructure for the interdisciplinary Energy System Research, Nan Liu

  • 26: Platform-scale systems modelling, Lucas Kruitwagen

Session 4 - Wednesday 10:30 to 11:15

  • 27: ESOPUS-data: More than a century of time series for power system analysis, Enrico Antonini

  • 28: Hubs.jl : a Julia library for industrial symbiosis optimization using a networked hubs approach, Mohamed Tahar Mabrouk

  • 29: Leveraging open datasets to provide building-level energy consumption estimates : a french test case, Yassine Abdelouadoud

  • 30: Multi-agent reinforcement Learning for modeling electricity markets during the Energy Transition using the Ray Open-Source Library, Javier Gonzalez

  • 31: From Project to Practice: Embedding and Sharing Quality-Driven Processes in Open Research, Geethu Joseph

  • 32: Reproducible Data Workflow in Open Energy System Models, Sarah Berendes

  • 33: Optimal microgrid sizing: impact of anticipative (i.e. perfect foresight) operation, Pierre Haessig

  • 34: ehubX - energy system modelling tool with platform-based design, Barton Chen

  • 35: A Global Solar PV Dataset using Planetary-Scale Machine Learning, Joe O’Connor

Breakout groups: detailed program

Please tell us which breakout groups you wish to attend: Openmod - Breakout groups: wishes |, we will allocate the breakout groups to the time slots and rooms accordingly.

Session A: Tuesday 16:00 to 17:30

Session B: Wednesday 14:00 to 15:30

Session C: Wednesday 16:00 to 17:30

Local visits

There will be two parallel visit sessions:

1) GreEn-ER / LNCMI / ABC

  • The GreEn-ER (Grenoble Energy Research and Teaching) building, which is an innovative building with low energy consumption, self‑energy production, and monitoring. It hosts energy research facilities, including a living lab, and has a strong commitment to open science. (Confirmed)
  • The LNCMI (National Laboratory of High Magnetic Fields), which is working on solutions to recover its waste heat, provide flexibility to the power system, and is generally involved in sustainability issues as they relate to energy-intensive research facilities**. (Confirmed)
  • The ABC residential building, designed to achieve a high level of autonomy in energy and water consumption. (Confirmed)

Visitors need to bring their ID document.

**Two references to go further:

  • Hodencq, S., Brugeron, M., Fitó, J., Morriet, L., Delinchant, B., & Wurtz, F. (2021). OMEGAlpes, an open-source optimisation model generation tool to support energy stakeholders at district scale. Energies, 14(18), 5928.
  • Hodencq, S., Fitó, J., Debray, F., Vincent, B., Ramousse, J., Delinchant, B., & Frederic, W. (2021, June). Flexible waste heat management and recovery for an electro-intensive industrial process through energy/exergy criteria. In Proceedings of Ecos 2021-The 34rth International Conference On Efficiency, Cost, Optimization, Simulation and Environmental Impact of Energy Systems.

2) CEA

  • The CEA-LITEN research center, including a research platform on batteries for mobility applications, and a platform on hydrogen technologies. (Confirmed) Visitors need to bring their ID document and send us a copy before February 29th.

The visit to Livet-et-Gavet will focus on the historically and technologically rich hydro-power plant. The plant is located next to the Grand’Maison dam 1, the biggest pumped storage facility in France. Transport will be by chartered bus. (Uncertain, to be confirmed.) Unfortunately cancelled due to the “Vigipirate” plan. Alternative activities: extra time for breakout groups, and short hike.

Venue and host

The venue and host is:

And for the afternoon of Monday 25 March only:

Accommodation options

The city of Grenoble is not huge, we would recommend you to choose your accommodation in the city center close to the B tram (typically between the stops “Île verte” and “Cité Internationale”, but closer to “Île verte” as we will spend the week on the eastern campus). The C tram can also bring you to the eastern campus. Moreover, city bikes can be booked for a few days at (select EN from menu):

Travel options

See the links of the MaCI and GreEn-ER buildings for direct access. From Germany and Austria, you can join with the night trains:

  • directly to Paris and then a 3 hour train journey from Paris to Grenoble
  • via Basel, Switzerland and then from Basel to Grenoble

Note these transport sites as well:


Lunches and coffee/tea/juice breaks will be provided at no cost. All meal options will be vegetarian/vegan. The social event will include an aperitif dinner at Le Bar Radis (covered by the organizers).

Open challenges

Detective challenge: Openmod detective challenge |
Street art contest (upload your best street art pictures from Grenoble!): Cloud UGA

Additional URLs

Railway stations:

University facilities:



Thanks for all your work organising the workshop! Do you know roughly when the official registration / selection of participants will happen? Just asking because I need to firm up some dates for the end of March. Thanks!

Dear Tom, registrations will open in the next few days (if not today)!
Best wishes

Hi Etienne, thanks a lot for organising this workshop. When I want to register, it tells me I cannot submit the form without ticking a box to hold a lightning talk/present a poster etc. Maybe I missed it, but how can I register if I only want to attend?
Thanks in advance!

Hi @etienne.cuisinier, similar to @thomgeo problem. I cannot submit the form without having at least one of the optional visits ticked. Thanks for organising! :slight_smile:

Dear @MaxParzen , @thomgeo ,

Thanks for these messages, the form is now corrected:

  • you can now (obviously) register without the optional visits ticked :wink:
  • we added a box “attend only” if you want to participate without presenting poster, lightning talk or breakout group, but we would like to underline that we will prioritise those who do present.

Hi there !

If possible, we’d like to schedule the breakout group Towards an open case study for modeling and simulation of multi-energy systems at district level on wednesday 2pm.

See you today at the workshop, looking forward to it !

Introduction slides are available here (1.4 MB), with the Grenoble map & the street art challenge pictures in particular.