About oemof

open energy modelling framework

We, the oemof community, are a consortium of interdisciplinary experts with a vision of pooling resources to achieve efficient energy modelling. Or in other words: We are an open and above all colorful collection of development nerds and modeling mainiacs who have broken out of their labs to develop a contemporary open-source framework.

And we look like this:

Group photo of the 2024 user meeting in Nordhausen

Our motivation: Enhancing energy system modelling

oemof addresses current and future challenges in energy system modelling by being

  • Flexible and generic – Create applications and adapt components to your scope and purpose.
  • Cross-Sectoral – Include and link the heat, power and mobility sector.
  • Modular – Choose from various python packages (libraries) with well defined interfaces for modelling and optimisation.
  • Open – Help to add new features.
  • Transparent – Find information you need in our documentation.
  • Community driven – Participate in the development process.

More information about the concept of the framework can be found at oemof.readthedocs.io.

oemof association

The oemof community is supported by the oemof association. The official purpose of the oemof association is the promotion of science and research which is realized by the public and free-of-charge provision of scientific software, especially software of the “Open Energy Modelling Framework”, under open source licenses recognized by the “Open Source Initiative” and the support of the further development, maintenance, application and documentation of this software. The association also provides infrastructure like this website.

The formal framework of the association enables the further development, maintenance and documentation of oemof to be more reliable and effective. The networking of members in the association also strengthens cooperation between research institutions that use and develop oemof. Patrik Schönfeldt (spokesperson), Caroline Möller (finances) and Stephan Günther (secretary) are on the association’s board.

Both natural and legal persons can become members of the association. Members are allowed to vote on the activities of the association, especially when it comes to financial aspects. Striving for transparency, the oemof statute and bylaws are tracked at GitHub.

Becoming a member is particularly interesting for people and institutions who actively use oemof and want to provide additional support. To become a member, write an email to info@oemof.org.