The Antares-Xpansion package, works along with RTE's adequacy software Antares that is also hosted on github. Antares-Xpansion aims at performing investment simulations for Antares studies. Check out the Antares-Simulator documentation for more insights on Antares.
Antares-Xpansion optimizes the investments on new capacities and transmission lines for an Antares study. Typical uses of Antares-Xpansion are for example:
- long-term scenario building: build an economically consistent long-term generation mix,
- transmission expansion planning : compute the network development which maximizes social welfare.
In an Antares study, the user builds a power system with a network of zones characterised by power plants (with their constraints e.g. max power and costs), power consumption and power transfer between zones (with the import-export transfer capacity and costs).
Antares performs probabilistic simulations of the system throughout many year-long scenarios made of 8760 hourly time frames each. The goal of the Antares simulation is to minimize the expected operation cost during one year.
Given an Antares simulation the user can define some investment candidates in the power network in order to:
- (increase or create) the transfer capacity between areas,
- (increase or create) the maximum power of a generation facility.
Each investment candidate can potentially decrease the variable operational cost of the power system, but induces an additional investment annuity that includes:
- Annualized investment costs to physically build the facility,
- Fixed operational costs and maintenance costs to sustain the operation.
Goal of Antares-Xpansion
Antares-Xpansion optimizes the investments in order to minimize the global cost, which is the sum of the expected operation cost during one year and the investment annuity.
Antares-Xpansion is currently under development. Feel free to submit any issue.