European Climatic Energy Mixes (ECEM)
Project: ECEM will produce, in close consultation with prospective users, a climate service tool that enables the energy industry and policy makers to assess how well different energy supply mixes in Europe will meet demand, over different time horizons (from seasonal to long-term planning over decades), focusing on the role climate has on the combination of energy sources. Changes in climate affect the supply of renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, as well as affecting the demand for energy.
Overview: This project has secured funding from the EU Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) and is led by the University of East Anglia. Partners alongside the IEA and University of Reading are Electricité De France (EDF, France), Met Office, ARMINES (France), and ENEA (the Italian agency for new technologies, energy and sustainable development).
ECEM will be one of the first European climate services for the energy sector.
The IEA, which is focused on supporting industry and acting as an intermediary to bridge the gap between world-leading scientific expertise in the research base and commercial applications, will develop the proof-of-concept online energy and climate demonstrator (Phase 2). Following positive feedback from the IEA’s demonstration at ECEM’s third workshop in Barcelona, a fourth workshop is being held in Bari, Italy, on June 30.
Timeline: Phase 1 – December 2015-December 2016; Phase 2 – January – October 2017; Phase 3 – October 2017 – January 2018
Partners: University of East Anglia (Lead, Electricité De France (EDF, France), Met Office, ARMINES and ENEA.