S2S4E – Sub-seasonal to seasonal Climate Forecasting for Energy
- Time horizon:2017 - 2020
- Institution(s):Barcelona Supercomputing Center-Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (Coordinator), Centre for International Climate and Energy Research (CICERO), University of Reading, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute (SMHI), Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA), EDF Energy, EDP Renewables, EnBW Energie, The Climate Data Factory, LGI Cosulting, Nnergyx, Capgemini, Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), The Sub seasonal to seasonal Prediction (S2S), KIC InnoEnergy, Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission, CLIM2POWER.
Renewable energy generation and operational planning are strongly affected by weather and climate. This causes wide variations in the energy demand and supply, which constitute a challenge for the integration of renewable energy in the energy mix. To help solve this problem, the S2S4E (Sub-seasonal to seasonal climate forecasting for Energy) project will offer an innovative service to improve the management of renewable energy variability creating an operational climate service that will enable renewable energy producers and providers, electricity network managers and policy makers to design better-informed strategies at sub-seasonal to seasonal timescales.
S2S4E will have an impact on renewable energy integration, business profitability, electricity system management and GHG emission’s reduction. The aim of the project is to make the European energy sector more resilient to climate variability and extreme events. In addition, it will contribute to the expansion of climate services to users and markets since it will base its development on a user-centric framework for co-design and co-development.
In fact, the main output of S2S4E will be a user co-designed Decision Support Tool (DST) that for the first time integrates sub-seasonal to seasonal (S2S) climate predictions with renewable energy (RE) production and electricity demand. To support the dissemination of climate services, a pilot of the DST will be developed in two steps. As a result, DST will enable RE producers and providers, electricity network managers and policy makers to design better informed S2S strategies able to improve RE integration, business profitability, electricity system management, and GHG emissions’ reduction.