A model generator for energy system modelling and optimisation (LP/MILP)
The oemof.solph package is part of the Open energy modelling framework (oemof). This an organisational framework to bundle tools for energy (system) modelling. oemof-solph is a model generator for energy system modelling and optimisation.
oemof.solph package is very often called just
oemof as it was part of the
oemof meta package. Now you need to install
oemof.solph separately, but
everything else is still the same.
Since v0.4.0. it is not possible to install just oemof, use
pip install oemof.solph instead.
Everybody is welcome to use and/or develop oemof.solph. Read our contribution section.
Contribution is already possible on a low level by simply fixing typos in oemof’s documentation or rephrasing sections which are unclear. If you want to support us that way please fork the oemof repository to your own github account and make changes as described in the github guidelines: https://guides.github.com/activities/hello-world/
If you have questions regarding the use of oemof you can visit the forum at openmod-initiative.org and open a new thread if your questions hasn’t been already answered.
Keep in touch! - You can become a watcher at our github site, but this will bring you quite a few mails and might be more interesting for developers. If you just want to get the latest news, like when is the next oemof meeting, you can follow our news-blog at oemof.org.
The oemof.solph documentation is powered by readthedocs. Use the project site of oemof.solph to choose the version of the documentation. Go to the download page to download different versions and formats (pdf, html, epub) of the documentation.
If you have a working Python3 environment, use pypi to install the latest oemof version. Python >= 3.6 is recommended. Lower versions may work but are not tested.
pip install oemof.solph
If you want to use the latest features, you might want to install the developer version. The developer version is not recommended for productive use:
pip install https://github.com/oemof/oemof-solph/archive/dev.zip
For running an oemof-solph optimisation model, you need to install a solver. Following you will find guidelines for the installation process for different operation systems.
There are various commercial and open-source solvers that can be used with oemof. There are two common OpenSource solvers available (CBC, GLPK), while oemof recommends CBC (Coin-or branch and cut). But sometimes its worth comparing the results of different solvers. Other commercial solvers like Gurobi or Cplex can be used as well. Have a look at the pyomo docs to learn about which solvers are supported.
Check the solver installation by executing the test_installation example below (section Installation test).
To install the solvers have a look at the package repository of your Linux distribution or search for precompiled packages. GLPK and CBC ares available at Debian, Feodora, Ubuntu and others.
Check the solver installation by executing the test_installation example (see the Installation test section).
Please follow the installation instructions on the respective homepages for details.
If you install the CBC solver via brew (highly recommended), it should work without additional configuration.
Test the installation and the installed solver by running the installation test in your virtual environment:
If the installation was successful, you will receive something like this:
********* Solver installed with oemof: glpk: working cplex: not working cbc: working gurobi: not working ********* oemof.solph successfully installed.
as an output.
A warm welcome to all who want to join the developers and contribute to oemof.solph.
Information on the details and how to approach us can be found in the oemof documentation .
For explicitly citing solph, you might want to refer to DOI:10.1016/j.simpa.2020.100028, which gives an overview over the capabilities of solph. The core ideas of oemof as a whole are described in DOI:10.1016/j.esr.2018.07.001 (preprint at arXiv:1808.0807). To allow citing specific versions, we use the zenodo project to get a DOI for each version.
The linkage of specific modules of the various packages is called an application (app) and depicts for example a concrete energy system model. You can find a large variety of helpful examples in oemof’s example repository on github to download or clone. The examples show optimisations of different energy systems and are supposed to help new users to understand the framework’s structure. There is some elaboration on the examples in the respective repository. The repository has sections for each major release.
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