Dispa-SET for the EU28



The Dispa-SET for the EU28 is currently in developmend and will be released soon

This is input data of the Dispa-SET model, applied to the EU28 member states

The power plants in the model are represented as a cluster of units powered by the same fuel type and technology. They can be modelled together with a large number of RES units with separate hourly distribution curves.


The model is expressed as an optimization problem. Continuous variables include the individual unit dispatched power, the shedded load and the curtailed power generation. The binary variables are the commitment status of each unit. The main model features can be summarized as follows:

  • Minimum and maximum power for each unit
  • Power plant ramping limits
  • Reserves up and down
  • Minimum up/down times
  • Load Shedding
  • Curtailment
  • Pumped-hydro storage
  • Non-dispatchable units (e.g. wind turbines, run-of-river, etc.)
  • Start-up, ramping and no-load costs
  • Multi-nodes with capacity constraints on the lines (congestion)
  • Constraints on the targets for renewables and/or CO2 emissions
  • Yearly schedules for the outages (forced and planned) of each units
  • CHP power plants and thermal storage

The demand is assumed to be inelastic to the price signal. The MILP objective function is therefore the total generation cost over the optimization period.

Quick start

If you want to download the latest version from github for use or development purposes, make sure that you have git and the [anaconda distribution](https://www.continuum.io/downloads) installed and type the following:

git clone https://github.com/energy-modelling-toolkit/Dispa-SET.git
cd Dispa-SET
conda env create  # Automatically creates environment based on environment.yml
source activate dispaset # in Windows: activate dispaset
pip install -e . # Install editable local version

The above commands create a dedicated environment so that your anconda configuration remains clean from the required dependencies installed.

To check that everything runs fine, you can build and run a test case by typing:

dispaset -c ConfigFiles/ConfigTest.xlsx build simulate

Make sure that the path is changed to local Dispa-SET folder in folowing scripts (the procedure is provided in the scripts):



The general documentation of the Dispa-SET model and the stable releases are available on the main Dispa-SET website: http://www.dispaset.eu


Dispa-SET is a free software licensed under the “European Union Public Licence” EUPL v1.2. It can be redistributed and/or modified under the terms of this license.

Important results

Main developpers

  • Sylvain Quoilin (University of Liège, KU Leuven)
  • Konstantinos Kavvadias (European Commission, Institute for Energy and Transport)
  • Matija Pavičević (KU Leuven)


More details regarding the model and its implementation are available in the following publications

Other contributors