Historically, our institute (IEK-STE at Forschungszentrum Jülich) has been developing and using mostly closed modelling approaches (e.g. THE IKARUS PROJECT  and closed datasets for scenario-based modelling of the energy and power sectors.
Partly inspired by the results of @stefan.pfenninger 's ‘write-a-thon’ during the openmod workshop in Frankfurt and the resulting publication Opening the black box of energy modelling: Strategies and lessons learned  (also co-authored by our former group leader @Heidi_Heinrichs) and some younger researchers’ activities in this field, an internal process of vivid discussions has been started as to whether or not our institute will become more active in the field of open modelling and open data.
We do not intend to start modelling from scratch once again (since this is what most colleagues did in the past and their models became unused after they left), but rather join a community around an existing approach and contribute to its development and also share our data. Therefore, we started by evaluating the paper-given list of currently available open modelling approaches regarding their suitability of our modelling questions and needs. This list was then narrowed down to the following three model frameworks
- oemof, and
As a next step, we are hoping that you might help us with some constructive opinions:
Which of the above-mentioned frameworks seems to be most appropriate and flexible to model Europe’s energy system from bottom-up?
That is, regarding demands from private households, the industry, all forms of land and air traffic, but also regarding the transformation and distribution sectors such as the refinery sector, and both heat and electricity systems?
All views and opinions on this topic (may them be controversial or not) are highly welcome and appreciated!
Thanks in advance, also in the name of my numerous colleagues!