Training Course: Introduction to the Wien Automatic System Planning Package (WASP-IV)
Monday, June 20 - Friday, June 24, 2011
Argonne Building 221, 9700 S. Cass Avenue, Argonne, IL 60439
Overview: The Windows version of the Wien Automatic System Planning Package (WASP-IV) is the premier power systems expansion model used by utility planners, ministries, lending agencies, and research institutions around the world. WASP-IV is a non-commercial model maintained by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) who distributes the tool internationally. In principle, WASP-IV is distributed only to non-profit institutions and Argonne is authorized to distribute the model to qualified institutions within the United States.
Format and Topics: An intensive series of lectures and hands-on laboratories will be used to introduce the foundational ideas of WASP-IV. In addition, lectures will present each of the main WASP-IV modules. Participants will learn how to operate and run the model, develop model inputs, as well as interpret WASP-IV results. During the hands-on work sessions, participants will execute the model for different demonstration cases and run a variety of scenarios to test the effects of the main model input parameters.
Who Should Attend: This is an introductory course to WASP-IV. Anyone with interest in power systems expansion planning and with limited to no experience in WASP should attend, in particular, strategic planners in energy companies or energy ministries, energy analysts, students or faculty with interest in long-term power market research and forecasts. Note that we plan on offering an advanced course in the future. Also, note that the software is available for free to non-profit institutions, subject to their acceptance and signing of the Basis for Release form. For-profit and consulting companies do not qualify to obtain the software as stipulated by the IAEA.
Prerequisites and Requirements: There are no prerequisites or requirements for this course. Participants will not need to bring their own energy statistics for this introductory course. Basic knowledge in power systems analysis will be helpful.
Course Dates: The course dates are Monday June 20, 2011 to Friday June 24, 2011. Typically, the course runs from 9am to 5pm every day.
Course Fee: The course fee is US$2,000. Each participant will receive a binder and a CD containing the manual and training materials. The WASP-IV model is not included in course materials since it is distributed to qualified institutions using a separate distribution procedure. Reservations are on a first-come first-serve basis. Fees are due by May 27, 2011. Registration reservations will be forfeited if payment is not received by this time.
Course Instructors/Speaker List:
- Vladimir Koritarov
- Guenter Conzelmann
- Karen Guziel
- William Buehring
Preliminary Course Schedule:
AM: Introduction and overview of WASP
PM: Overview of generating system expansion planning
AM: Modeling the system loads and load forecast in WASP
PM: Modeling the existing power system in WASP
AM: Screening analysis of candidate technologies
PM: Modeling the expansion candidates in WASP
AM: Probabilistic simulation of system operation
PM: Modeling of renewable sources and other operational constraints in WASP
AM: Dynamic programming optimization of system expansion, Review of the least-cost expansion path and other reports
Directions and Accommodations: We are located in the southwest suburbs of Chicago, IL. If you arrive by plane, you can fly into O'Hare International Airport or Midway Airport. Both are about the same distance. With normal traffic, you may need 30-45 minutes from either airport to our building.
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There are a number of hotels in the area, including the Argonne Guest House, Extended Stay America in Darien IL, Holiday Inn in Willowbrook and in Bolingbrook, Ramada in Bolingbrook, Hampton Inn in Bolingbrook, The Oaks Hotel & Conference Center, etc.
You can search for hotels nearby using the map above and make your own reservations. If you need assistance, please contact us. If you stay at the Argonne Guest House, there is daily shuttle service to and from our Building, eliminating the need for a rental car.
Deputy Director, Center for Energy, Environmental, and Economic Systems Analysis
Decision and Information Sciences Division
ARGONNE NATIONAL LABORATORY
9700 S. Cass Avenue, DIS/221
Argonne, IL 60439, USA