There are 2 ways to add Conversion Technology Candidates to your scenario:
→ Add from Database
In the box that appears, you must select:
Database from which you wish to load your data. In most cases, the options will be:
My User database
Technology that you wish to load into your scenario.
Once you have selected a technology, a summary of the technology's key parameters can be seen below. When you click the Select button, a box will appear where you can view and edit the technology's specification. The parameters of the technology as specified in the database will be pre-filled in the fields of this box:
When you click Add at the bottom of the box, the technology candidate will be added to your scenario, and will appear in the energy hub diagram at the bottom of the page.
Tip: It is also possible to connect your own technology database to the Sympheny Web app. If you would like to do this, please contact us.
→ Create Custom
When you click this button, a box will appear in which you can assign values to the different parameters of the technology specification. This is the same box that appears in the last step of the Add from Database workflow, only in this case the fields are not pre-filled with any values.
Tip: If you have created a custom technology that you would like to save for future use, check the box Save the technology for future use before pressing Add.
Explanation of conversion technology parameters
The name of the technology; can be selected freely
A virtual technology is a technology used purely for accounting purposes in the optimization. It converts one energy carrier to another at zero cost and with 100% efficiency. If you check this box, the efficiency, costs and other values will automatically be fixed to these values. This can be used, for instance, to convert one energy carrier into another operationally equivalent one (e.g. biogas to gas, or renewable electricity to electricity).
These options are mutually exclusive (only one can be selected)
This technology can be installed in these Hubs
TRUE, All hubs
The hubs in which the technology is allowed to be installed
This technology must be installed in these Hubs
The hubs in which the technology is forced to be installed
This technology must Be Installed in At Least One Hub
In this case, the optimizer will force the installation of the technology in at least one hub. This option can be used if you would like to force the installation of the technology, but you want to know in which hub the technology should optimally be in installed.
A technology mode is an operational "regime" of a technology, corresponding to a specific set of inputs and outputs, and corresponding efficiencies. For instance, a reversible heat pump might have a cooling mode and a heating mode. More info here
Input Energy Carriers
The input energy carriers of a technology mode; multiple may be selected
Output Energy Carriers
The output energy carriers of a technology mode; multiple may be selected
Winter / Non-Winter / Summer / Non-Summer
Specifies in which seasons operation of the technology mode is permitted, including winter (November to February), non-winter (March to October), summer (May to September), and non-summer (October to April).
Fixed Input Share
The share of the total energy inputs contributed by the corresponding energy carrier
Time Varying Input Share
Time Varying Shares automatically calculated based on the Time Varying Output EC Efficiencies.
Output EC Efficiency
The conversion efficiency corresponding to production of the respective energy carrier (EC) within the given mode. The efficiency is expressed with respect to the primary input energy carrier. An efficiency must be defined for each output energy carrier. The sum of these efficiencies corresponds to the overall efficiency of the technology.
Time Varying Efficiency
A different monthly efficiency for each of the output ECs can also be assigned – as an alternative to the default annual efficiency.
Time Varying Efficiency (Hourly)
A different hourly efficiency for each of the output ECs can also be assigned by uploading an Excel table of the efficiencies for each hour of the year – as an alternative to the default annual efficiency.
Specifies whether the energy carrier is the primary input or output. Each technology mode must have a primary input energy carrier and a primary output energy carrier. The primary input energy carrier is used as a basis for specifying the efficiency of the output energy carriers. The primary output energy carrier is used as a basis for determining the capacity of the technology for calculating capacity-dependent costs.
Optimize / Specify Capacity
Select whether to Optimize the capacity or Specify Capacity manually
Yes, if "Specify Capacity" is selected above
The pre-specified capacity of the technology (primary output energy carrier); only visible if Specify Capacity is selected above. A non-zero value of this parameter does not force the installation of the technology. Rather, it only specifies that, if the technology is installed, this is the capacity which it must assume
The maximum allowable capacity of the technology (primary output energy carrier); only visible if Optimize is selected for Technology Capacity
The minimum allowable capacity of the technology (primary output energy carrier); only visible if Optimize is selected in Technology Capacity
Maximum Annual Output
The maximum allowable annual output of the technology (primary output energy carrier)
Minimum Annual Output
The minimum allowable annual output of the technology (primary output energy carrier)
% of maximum power capacity that cannot be curtailed.
The financial lifetime of the technology; specified in years. This is used as a basis for annualizing the investment costs of the technology.
Fixed Investment Cost
The fixed investment costs of the technology (not annualized), incurred in the specified amount if the technology is installed, regardless of the sizing.
Variable Investment Cost
The variable investment costs of the technology (per kW of installed capacity, not annualized)
Fixed O&M Cost
The operation and maintenance costs of the technology that are incurred as a fixed amount each year if the technology is installed
Variable O&M Cost
The operation and maintenance costs of the technology (per kW of installed capacity) that are incurred as variable amount each year depending on the installed capacity.
Variable O&M Cost
The operation and maintenance costs that are incurred depending on the annual energy output (kWh) of the technology. The output is defined with respect to the Primary Output Energy Carrier
Fixed Embodied CO2
The embodied CO2 of the technology (i.e. the CO2 emissions incurred in the course of the technology's production and installation)
Variable Embodied CO2
The embodied CO2 of the technology (i.e. the CO2 emissions incurred in the course of the technology's production and installation); expressed in per kW of installed capacity
Variable Embodied CO2
The estimated embodied CO2 of the technology (i.e. the CO2 emissions incurred in the course of the technology's production and installation); expressed in per kWh of Primary Output Energy Carrier
Variable Captured CO2
The CO2 captured during the technology operation expressed in per kWh of Primary Input Energy Carrier of the technology