Available models

This page gives an overview about all available models in PowerSystemDataModel. They are basically grouped into three groups:

  1. Input models may be used to describe input data for a power system simulation
  2. Result models denote results of such a simulation
  3. Time Series may serve both as input or output

All those models are designed with some assumptions and goals in mind. To assist you in applying them as intended, we will give you some general remarks:

All models have a uuid field as universal unique identifier. There shouldn’t be any two elements with the same uuid in your grid data set, better in your whole collection of data sets.
We designed the models in a way, that does not allow for adaptions of the represented data after instantiation of the objects. Thereby you can be sure, that your models are thread-safe and no unwanted or unobserved changes are made.
With the general design principle of immutability, entity modifications (e.g. updates of field values) can become hard and annoying. To avoid generating methods to update each field value, we provide an adapted version of the builder pattern to make entity modifications as easy as possible. Each entity holds it’s own copy builder class, which follows the same inheritance as the entity class itself. With a call of .copy() on an entity instance a builder instance is returned, that allows for modification of fields and can be terminated with .build() which will return an instance of the entity with modified field values as required. For the moment, this pattern is only implemented for a small amount of AssetInput entities (all entities held by a GridContainer except thermal units to be precise), but we plan to extend this capability to all input entities in the future.
Single Point of Truth
Throughout all models you can be sure, that no information is given twice, reducing the possibility to have ambiguous information in your simulation set up. “Missing” information can be received through the grids relational information - e.g. if you intend to model a wind energy converter in detail, you may find information of it’s geographical location in the model of it’s common coupling point (node).
Harmonized Units System
As our models are representations of physical elements, we introduced a harmonized system of units. The standard units, the models are served with, is given on each element’s page. Thereby you can be sure, that all information are treated the same. As most (database) sources do not support physical units, make sure, you have your input data transferred to correct units before. Same applies for interpreting the obtained results. In all models physical values are transferred to standard units on instantiation.

Time Series

Time series are meant to represent a timely ordered series of values. Those can either be electrical or non-electrical depending on what one may need for power system simulations. Our time series models are divided into two subtypes:

Individual Time Series
Each time instance in this time series has its own value (random duplicates may occur obviously). They are only applicable for the time frame that is defined by the content of the time series.
Repetitive Time Series
Those time series do have repetitive values, e.g. each day or at any other period. Therefore, they can be applied to any time frame, as the mapping from time instant to value is made by information reduction. In addition to actual data, a mapping function has to be known.

To be as flexible, as possible, the actual content of the time series is given as children of the Value class. The following different values are available:

Value Class Purpose
PValue Electrical active power
SValue Electrical active and reactive power
Combination of thermal power (e.g. in kW)
and electrical active power (e.g. in kW)
Combination of thermal power (e.g. in kW)
and electrical active and reactive power (e.g. in kW and kVAr)
EnergyPriceValue Wholesale market price (e.g. in € / MWh)
IrradiationValue Combination of diffuse and direct solar irradiation
TemperatureValue Temperature information
WindValue Combination of wind direction and wind velocity
WeatherValue Combination of irradiation, temperature and wind information