The energy system is characterized by a high degree of complexity which will further increase in the future due to the transformation of the energy system as well as the digital revolution. Especially the storage and distribution of renewable energies create major challenges for the future energy system because, e.g., wind and solar energy are neither temporally, nor spatially synchronized with energy demand profiles. For deducing reliable CO2 reduction strategies, holistic energy models are required that are capable of systematically estimating and integrating the growing system complexity.

Within the project METIS (Methods and Models for Energy Transformation and Integration Systems), the Jülich Research Center and its partners from the RWTH Aachen University and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg develop open source software tools for modelling, optimizing, and simulation of current and future energy systems. The tools developed in METIS are used to forecast the German and European energy systems based on a high share of renewable energies until the year 2050.

The objective of the project is to increase the accuracy of current energy system models as well as extending their scope in the frame of sector coupling. Nevertheless, the resulting design and operation optimizations models further need to satisfy the needs for comprehensibility and short computing times.

More detailed information about the project is available at the:


Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Germany
IEK-3, Project Coordinator

Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Germany
JSC's contact person is Daniel Rohe

RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

METIS is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy’s 6th Energy Research Programme of the Federal Goverment under Grant Agreement 03ET4064A.

The grant period is October 2018 until December 2021.

Last Modified: 20.07.2023