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Overview / PLEXOS® Integrated Energy Model (PLEXOS)
Name PLEXOS® Integrated Energy Model
Acronym PLEXOS
Methodical Focus None
Institution(s) Energy Exemplar
Author(s) (institution, working field, active time period) Glenn Drayton (Energy Exemplar). The initial version of PLEXOS was released in 2000.
Current contact person Christos Papadopoulos, Regional Director – Europe
Contact (e-mail)
Primary Purpose Optimization model for long, medium and short-term energy market analysis.
Primary Outputs Output properties are selected depending on the case study, e.g. generation, costs, revenues, emissions etc. of each unit for every timeslice
Support / Community / Forum
Link to User Documentation -
Link to Developer/Code Documentation -
Documentation quality expandable
Source of funding -
Number of developers -
Number of users more than 1000
Open Source
Planned to open up in the future
Costs -
Modelling software C#, VB.NET
Internal data processing software
External optimizer
Additional software
Modeled energy sectors (final energy) electricity, heat, Water
Modeled demand sectors -
Modeled technologies: components for power generation or conversion
Renewables -
Conventional -
Modeled technologies: components for transfer, infrastructure or grid
Electricity -
Gas -
Heat -
Properties electrical grid AC load flow, DC load flow
Modeled technologies: components for storage battery, pump hydro, heat, gas
User behaviour and demand side management
Changes in efficiency
Market models -
Geographical coverage
Geographic (spatial) resolution regions
Time resolution hour, 1 min, smallest 1 minute
Comment on geographic (spatial) resolution User-defined Regions and Zones within regions
Observation period Flexible, from short term (hours, days, months) to long term (typically 10-40 years)
Additional dimensions (sector) Water supply
Model class (optimisation) LP, MILP
Model class (simulation) -
Other NLP
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Mathematical objective costs
Approach to uncertainty Stochastic
Suited for many scenarios / monte-carlo
typical computation time less than a day
Typical computation hardware RAM, CPU
Technical data anchored in the model -
Model file format .xml
Input data file format .csv
Output data file format .XML Files, Excel files, text files (.csv), .MDB
Integration with other models
Integration of other models
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Reference Studies/Models "Commercial Publications: Research Publications:"
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