Spatial dimension - TIAM-UCL

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Model Documentation - TIAM-UCL

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Institution University College London (UCL), UK,
Solution concept Partial equilibrium (price elastic demand)
Solution method Linear optimisation
Anticipation Perfect Foresight

(Stochastic and myopic runs are also possible)

TIAM-UCL is a global model with 16 regions listed in the table below, each of which has their own energy system.

The TIAM-UCL model has been developed at UCL since 2010 and differs from the ETSAP-TIAM model in two ways: the first is breaking out the UK from the 15 region ETSAP-TIAM model; the second is enhancing TIAM-UCL by revising/adding new drivers and resources for all regions and adding new features.

In order to break out the UK from Western Europe (WEU) region, separate Base-Year templates were created for end-use sectors, upstream and power sectors for the UK and calibrated final energy consumption to the actual base year data 2005 for the UK and the WEU regions. The underlying data for the base year calibration in TIAM-UCL is the IEA Extended Energy Balances of OECD and non-OECD countries. This data can be accessed through the online portal in the UK. A database of the IEA Extended Energy Balances has been developed to import the IEA data into the data tables on the base year templates in the TIAM-UCL with a software application which allows easy aggregation of country data into regions. Energy services demands for different end-use sectors and drivers of projections of demands during the model period 2005-2100 were created for the UK region. Besides the calibration of resource and trade modules of the UK and the WEU regions, all other scenario files were also updated and calibrated.

Once the 16 region TIAM-UCL had been successfully calibrated, the model was enhanced through technical improvements such as adding new drivers, new resources, climate change policies (cap-and-trade, carbon tax), supply resource cost curves etc. Development of the database of the IEA Extended Energy Balances helped to recalibrate all 16 regions in the TIAM model to the IEA primary energy production/consumption, final consumption and electricity generation (and heat) data.

Table 1.1: Regions in TIAM-UCL

Region Countries
Africa (AFR) Algeria, Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Congo, Congo Republic, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Libya, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Other Africa, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Australia (AUS) Australia and New Zealand
Canada (CAN) Canada
Central and South America (CSA) Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Other Latin America, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad-Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela
China (CHI) China
Eastern Europe (EEU) Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Yugoslavia
Former Soviet Union (FSU) Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan
India (IND) India
Japan (JAP) Japan
Mexico (MEX) Mexico
Middle-east (MEA) Bahrain, Cyprus, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Yemen
Other Developing Asia (ODA) Bangladesh, Brunei, Chinese Taipei, Indonesia, North Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Other Asia, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam
South Korea (SKO) South Korea
United Kingdom (UK) United Kingdom
USA (USA) United States of America
Western Europe (WEU) Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland