Open Energy Family and Open Energy Platform

Open Energy Family

General Introduction

The Open Energy Family aims to ensure quality, transparency and reproducibility in energy system research. It is a collection of various tools and information and that help working with energy related data. It is a collaborative community effort, everything is openly developed and therefore constantly evolving.

The main module is the Open Energy Platform (OEP), a web interface to access most of the modules, especially the community database. It provides a way to publish data with proper documentation (metadata), and link it to source code and underlying assumptions.

What? Energy System Modelling

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Energy system models are used to explore the current and future energy systems and are often applied to questions involving the expansion of renewables and energy storages as well as energy and climate policy. The models themselves vary widely in terms of their type, design, programming, application, scope, level of detail, sophistication, and shortcomings.

The OEP considers the entire modelling process from the preprocessing of the raw data, the simulations, the postprocessing of the result data. The heart of the OEP is the underlying open energy database, which can be used by everyone and is maintained by a team of developers from different institutes.

How? Open Science

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We follow and promote the principles of Open Science and offer an open infrastructure for energy system research. The focus is on Open Data and the provision of modelling results under open licenses. The OEP uses an extensive metadata set based on the tabular data package specifications and the FAIR principles to improve the findability, accessibility, interoperability, and reuse of digital assets.

Who? OEP-Community

The OEP is a cross-project research project that is continuously being developed by various universities and institutes. The entire source code of the OEP and all other members of the Open Energy Family is open source and accessible on GitHub. Get involved and contribute!

Research Projects


If you find bugs or if you have ideas to improve the Open Energy Platform, you are welcome to add your comments to the existing issues on GitHub.
You can also fork the project and get involved.

Please note that the platform is still under construction and therefore the design of this page is still highly volatile!