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Success stories 19 February 2020

SmILES Showcase: Perfoming complex energy systems simulations

Discover the Shared Data and Information Platform (SDIP) developed by the SmILES project

Learn more about SDIP in webinars

From 2016 to 2019, the SmILES project ("Smart Integration of Energy Storages in Local Multi Energy Systems for maximising the Share of Renewables in Europe’s Energy Mix") aimed to merge knowledge about smart integration of storage in hybrid energy systems (heat and electricity) at national level for a reasonable instrumentation of storage and renewable energy technologies at the European level.

One of the main outcomes of this project is a Shared Data and Information Platform (SDIP). SDIP is a software system that can be integrated into a Liferay portal server, which can serve as a common entry point for accessing all project results and the data collected and created within complex energy system simulation projects.

The SDIP showcase contains a description of the SmILES methodology (PreCISE approach) and the associated methodological workflow for performing large scale energy system modelling and analysis projects.

The methodology part explains main work steps of such projects, and how to document them. It also provides word and PDF templates for documenting results and providing examples of such documentation compiled from the national sample projects as structured and searchable web pages. It also features video tutorials which were recorded while performing webinars for explaining SmILES methodology to international participants.

For demonstrating the management of project results, this showcase shows results from the national example projects which were used as examples in the SmILES project.

SDIP integrates a modular data and information storage infrastructure which is used to store all projects results either as binary assets with associated metadata, as semi-structured web-content or as time series data (e.g. for data files containing time series data). Web-based visualization components implemented using web component technology allow easy and interactive exploring of time series data or group graphical descriptions into “slideshows”. Other components ease navigation within the SDIP area or allow folding or unfolding of information as needed to provide a more compact description of SmILES project content on web pages.

For easy access to all SmILES related results, SDIP contains a faceted search interface and google like search integration, which allows to access every information item within the portal from one search page. The facetted search provides structured navigation elements (e.g. facets) which allow filtering search results by “result type”, “organisation”, etc. The google like search interface maintains an advanced search index, which delivers search results, based on natural words, but also groups results into facets.