Comment on recently published book about oemof

Recently a book about oemof [1] has been published. As explicitly stated by the author, this book is not written by the oemof community. Generally, books about software can be a good source to give newcomers a comprehensive view of a field and show how the software can be used to approach problems in that field. In this sense, they can fulfill a purpose that goes beyond what can be reached by the documentation written by the programmers.

However, this book stays rather close to the code and much of the information provided is outdated or not presented correctly. Continue reading “Comment on recently published book about oemof”

oemof evaluated in scientific article

The article “A qualitative evaluation approach for energy system modelling frameworks” is published in Energy, Sustainability and Society.

The authors identified ‘complexity’, ‘scientific standards’, ‘utilisation’, ‘interdisciplinary modelling’ and ‘uncertainty’ as the current main challenges of energy system modelling. By means of a case study, oemof’s contribution to tackle these challenges is analysed.

Scientific article about oemof published

Our oemof article has been finally published in Energy Strategy Reviews.

Some key points that are covered in the article:

* Comparison of oemof and other open models
* Concept, architecture and implementation
* Usage concept
* Mathematical description

If you do not have access to the sciencedirect network you can download the paper for free until the beginning of September using this link.

If you are interested in obtaining the original version of the paper after the  free phase until the beginning of September you can contact us to get your personal copy. Alternatively, you can download an e-print of the last version on arXiv.

2nd oemof user meeting brings growing community together

Our second oemof user meeting was successfully held in May 2018 at Otto-von-Guericke University in Magdeburg. Thanks to all participants for joining us. We were very impressed by the variety of topics that oemof is used for.

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Preprint of oemof research paper published

A research paper that analyses how oemof addresses actual and future challenges in energy system modelling has been published by Simon Hilpert and co-authors in a preprint version. Feedback is highly appreciated!

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The process of modelling energy systems is accompanied by challenges inherently connected with mathematical modelling. Continue reading “Preprint of oemof research paper published”

Improved website under

Yesterday we launched our improved website which now contains a library description, a list of applications and a gallery under the new domain We are planning to make this site the central place for people who are interested in oemof by providing a general overview. If you have any questions or suggestions, don’t hesitate to contact us!