Workshop: Exploring Flexibility from Renewable Hydrogen and Bioenergy in Energy Systems Modelling

17. November 2023
Hybrid, Torino, IT

We cordially invite you to explore the role and status of flexibilisation from renewable hydrogen and bioenergy within energy systems and integrated assessment modelling. Multi-sector coupling holds the potential for increasing flexibility. But what are the beneficial and detrimental impacts of system flexibilisation, and how can we assess and anticipate them?


IEA Bioenergy, IEA ETSAP and IEA Hydrogen

Content Description

The objective of this IEA Bioenergy, IEA ETSAP and IEA Hydrogen collaboration is to exchange modelling experiences and perspectives on the multi-faceted aspects of flexibility. A bioenergy supply chain can be an intricate and networked affair:

Flexibility can often be found throughout the chain, in feedstock sourcing, pre-treatment, storage, distribution, and conversion into heat, power, and fuels (see Schipfer et al. ). While hydrogen supply and utilisation from feedstock-independent renewables might be a less complex endeavour, respective impact assessment is not straightforward either.

For example, energy storage at different time scales, inter-sectoral synergies and tradeoffs, and contributions to energy security must be accounted for (see Quarton et al. ). Also, system complexification through integration, sector-, and multi-sector coupling boosts systemic risks, encompassing safety concerns, security vulnerabilities, and the potential for cascading failures (see Reed et al.).

Adjunct to the ETSAP workshop and ExCo in Torino, a half-day workshop will set the scene for the discussion and the joint planning of a webinar with the aim of formulating a modelling agenda for flexibilisation impact assessment.

Your participation and expertise are invaluable to shaping this discourse. We eagerly anticipate your presence for the interdisciplinary and inclusive exchange.



  • 09:00 SESSION A
    • Chair: TBD
    • Flexibility in energy system models & ETSAP
      Tiina Koljonen, VTT Finland
    • Flexibilisation impact assessment
      Fabian Schipfer, IEA Bioenergy TCP
    • Titel to be confirmed
      Anna Krook-Riekola, Lulea Univ. Sweden
  • 10:30 COFFEE BREAK
  • 11:00 SESSION B
    • Chair: TBD
    • 11:00 Advancements in modelling hydrogen deployment - flexibilisation aspects
      Kari Aamodt Espegren, IFE, Norway
    • 11:30 Collaborative design of the February 2024 flexibilisation webinar
  • 12:00 End

Target Audience

System modellers and policy makers

Participant Information

Event information and registration form


Contact Address

Fabian Schipfer