There are 2 ways to add Conversion Technology Candidates to your scenario:

→ Add from Database

In the box that appears, you must select:

  1. Database from which you wish to load your data.  In most cases, the options will be:

    1. Sympheny database

    2. My User database

  2. Technology category

  3. 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

PARAMETER

UNITS

REQUIRED?

DEFAULT

EXPLANATION

General parameters

 

 

 

 

Technology name

 

Yes

 

The name of the technology; can be selected freely

Virtual technology

 

 

FALSE

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).

Optimization options

 

 

 

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

 

 

FALSE

The hubs in which the technology is forced to be installed

This technology must Be Installed in At Least One Hub

 

 

FALSE

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.

Technology modes

 

 

 

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

 

Yes

 

The input energy carriers of a technology mode; multiple may be selected

Output Energy Carriers

 

Yes

 

The output energy carriers of a technology mode; multiple may be selected

Seasonal Operation

Winter / Non-Winter / Summer / Non-Summer

 

All seasons

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

Yes

 

The share of the total energy inputs contributed by the corresponding energy carrier

Time Varying Input Share

No

 FALSE

Time Varying Shares automatically calculated based on the Time Varying Output EC Efficiencies.
(Only with Time Varying Efficiency and more than 1 input EC selected).
The input EC Share given by the user in the form should correspond to the Maximum output EC efficiency

Output EC Efficiency

%

Yes

 

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

%

 

FALSE

A different monthly efficiency for each of the output ECs can also be assigned – as an alternative to the default annual efficiency.

Primary

 

Yes

 

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. 

Technical parameters

 

 

 

 

Technology Capacity

Optimize / Specify Capacity

 

Optimize

Select whether to Optimize the capacity or Specify Capacity manually

Capacity

kW

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

Maximum Capacity

kW

 

Infinity

The maximum allowable capacity of the technology (primary output energy carrier); only visible if Optimize is selected for Technology Capacity

Minimum Capacity

kW

 

0

The minimum allowable capacity of the technology (primary output energy carrier); only visible if Optimize is selected in Technology Capacity

Maximum Annual Output

kWh/year

 

Infinity

The maximum allowable annual output of the technology (primary output energy carrier)

Minimum Annual Output

kWh/year

 

0

The minimum allowable annual output of the technology (primary output energy carrier)

Curtailment Limitation

%/kWp

0

% of maximum power capacity that cannot be curtailed.
(Only for On-site Resource Technologies)

Cost parameters

 

 

 

 

Lifetime

years

Yes

 

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

CHF

 

0

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

CHF/kW

 

0

The variable investment costs of the technology (per kW of installed capacity, not annualized)

Fixed O&M Cost

CHF/year  or
% of Total Investment Cost/year

 

0

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

CHF/kW/year

 

0

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

CHF/kWh/year

 

0

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

Environmental parameters

 

 

 

 

Fixed Embodied CO2

kg-CO2

0

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

kg-CO2/kW

 

0

The embodied CO2 of the technology (i.e. the CO2 emissions incurred in the course of the technology's production and installation); expressed per kW of installed capacity