Frequently Asked Questions
In the list below, you can find answers to the most frequently asked questions about energyPRO. If you cannot find the answer to your question here, you are always welcome to contact us at energyPRO@emd.dk.
In energyPRO virtually any type of energy system can be modelled. Besides the many predefined production units, such as CHP, solar collectors, heat pump, absorption chiller, etc., it is also possible set up user defined units. The flexible configuration allows you to model any type of technology with just the level of detail you require – from simple input/output models to very complex function based models.
As an inspiration you can check out our project examples here
In energyPRO you can perform a long range of different energy system analyses. Amongst other things the software enables you to:
- Calculate the optimal operation of an energy plant
- Make detailed investment analyses
- Set up operation budgets for energy plants
- Model industrial cogeneration and trigeneration
- Simulate energy plants participating on different electricity markets
- Conduct feasibility studies
- Analyze the interaction between separate energy plants
- Define a strategic energy plan
Furthermore, a wide range of both technical and economic reports is available in energyPRO. All results can be exported to a spreadsheet application.
In order to activate an unregistered demo version of energyPRO, you need an active license. If you do not have an active license you can order one here or contact our sales department at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you already have an active license, follow the steps in the how-to-guide: Installation and registration of energyPRO
|DESIGN:||DESIGN is the basic module, which is required to carry out any calculations in energyPRO. With this module, you can analyze one year’s energy production and the operation costs of heat, cooling and power plants.|
|FINANCE:||The FINANCE module is the basic module for financial calculations in energyPRO. With this module, you are able to make detailed calculations for an unlimited number of years, including long-term investment analyses and feasibility studies. The module also allows you to specify investments, financing of projects and to add indexes, which can be applied to the development of e.g. a heat demand, gas prices, inflation or any other time series.|
|ACCOUNTS:||The ACCOUNTS module is an extension to FINANCE, which allows you to further detail the economic calculations including depreciation, income statements and balance sheets.|
|OPERATION:||With the OPERATION module, you can perform a short term optimization of the operation. You need this module if you want to prepare a production plan for the coming weeks, days or hours.|
|REGION:||You need the REGION module if you wish to model an energy system where there are transmission constraints between the production and consumption units in the system or if you wish to calculate the benefits of an amalgamation of two separate energy systems. The REGION module is also relevant if you are modelling a regional system with several distributed production units or demands.|
|INTERFACE:||With the INTERFACE module it is possible to make XML calls to energyPRO, which allows you to perform multiple repetitive calculations with varying parameters. This is particularly useful for conducting sensitivity analyses.|
|MARKETS:||With the MARKETS module you have the possibility to add more than one electricity market in the same project and simulate authentic real life situations of market participation using gate closures. You can choose between fixed tariffs, day ahead market or regulating power market. You need the MARKETS module if you want to optimize the operation of units participating on several electricity markets.|
Contact us at energyPRO@emd.dk to request a test license.
Yes, we arrange several open courses each year. See a list of the scheduled energyPRO courses here.
Besides the open courses we also arrange individual in-house courses. These courses can take place either at our offices in Aalborg, Denmark or at your offices. Contact us at energyPRO@emd.dk for more information.
The support and maintenance includes free updates of the software, which we continuously update with new features according to marked demand. It also covers hotline support by phone or e-mail about how to use the software and other relevant topics. Read more about support and maintenance here.
When installing energyPRO, a part of the installation contains a library of different project examples and country specific datasets such as weather data and electricity prices. The default directory for this library is C:\energyPRO Data\.
You can also find a description of some of the different project examples here.
There are a number of financial and technical reports available in energyPRO. The actual available reports are depending on which energyPRO module, that is selected, the types of energy demands in the project and the selected operation strategy.
Full list of the available technical reports:
- Production, graphic
- Production, carpets
- Energy conversion, annual
- Energy conversion, monthly
- Duration curve for heat demand
- Duration curve for cooling demand
- Duration curve for electricity demand
- Catalogue of Technical Assumptions
- Graphical Layout
Full list of the available economic reports:
- Cash Flow, monthly
- Cash Flow, summary
- Cash Flow, graphic
- Operation Income
- Financial Key Figures
- Income Statement
- Income Statement, summary
- Balance Sheet
- Balance Sheet, summary
- Catalogue of Economic Assumptions
- Operation Strategy Calculation
- Production Plan
The financial reports are all in a standard format accepted by international banks and funding institutions.
All reports can be copied as data to other tools such as Microsoft Excel
As a part of the installation, a library with some country specific datasets is installed. The data includes electricity prices, weather data, project examples, etc. The default directory for this library is C:\energyPRO Data\.
In addition to this library, it is possible to access EMD’s online server with weather data through energyPRO. The server provides modelled weather data in a high-resolution grid, covering the whole word. The data originates from three different climate models. Read more about this data in the how-to-guide “Loading climate data from online database”.