Simplifying Networks

The simplification snakemake rules prepare approximations of the full model, for which it is computationally viable to co-optimize generation, storage and transmission capacities.

  • simplify_network transforms the transmission grid to a 380 kV only equivalent network, while
  • cluster_network uses a k-means based clustering technique to partition the network into a given number of zones and then reduce the network to a representation with one bus per zone.

The simplification and clustering steps are described in detail in the paper

After simplification and clustering of the network, additional components may be appended in the rule add_extra_components and the network is prepared for solving in prepare_network.