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IAEA e-Training Helps Developing Countries Build Capacity for Energy Assessment


IAEA energy analysts during an e-Training session on energy models, March 2017. (Photo: J. Orayeva/IAEA) 

More energy analysts in Member States develop their skills in integrated energy planning and receive technical guidance for conducting national energy studies, through the IAEA’s distance learning services.

A recent e-training session on the IAEA’s Model for Analysis of Energy Demand (MAED) attracted 116 participants from 21 countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe. During the distance learning course from 13 to 24 March, IAEA energy analysts offered initial training on the use of this analytical tool. MAED supports projecting future energy demand based on targets for socioeconomic, technological and demographic developments in a country or a region.

Through online instruction, scientists and engineers from energy ministries, electric utilities, and regulatory bodies, received hands-on training in designing models, preparing data and interpreting results. These skills are key to applying MAED for national energy demand studies.

“MAED model will help us estimate the electricity demand in various sectors and implement that analysis in our activities,” said Dr Alfredo Rodríguez, a participant from Mexico’s National Institute of Electricity and Clean Energies (INEEL). 

David Shropshire, Head of the IAEA Planning and Economic Studies Section, said the e-training extended the Agency’s outreach for capacity building to Member States by building participants’ modelling skills and preparing them for additional classroom training. “The feedback we receive from them during these sessions is incredibly important for us to further improve our training services,” he added.

MAED model will help us estimate the electricity demand in various sectors and implement that analysis in our activities.
Dr Alfredo Rodríguez, National Institute of Electricity and Clean Energies, Mexico

E-training participants from Mexico giving their feedback on computed energy models during a web conference with Vienna, March 2017. (Photo: J. Orayeva/IAEA)

IAEA Tools on Evaluating Options for Long Term Energy Planning Development

With growing energy demand worldwide, the IAEA offers a range of assistance programmes, particularly for developing countries. The aim is to improve national and regional capabilities for performing integrated energy assessments to formulate long term strategies for sustainable energy development.

Energy modelling training sessions are an integral part of this assistance. They are important not only for transferring energy assessment methods and analytical tools but also to help users to understand and analyse emerging issues and identify the potential role for various energy technologies, including nuclear power.

The IAEA’s energy models are used by 138 Member States as well as 20 regional and international organisations. First introduced in 2008, the IAEA distance learning courses on energy assessments have so far trained more than 1,750 participants from over 100 countries.

The IAEA’s suit of analytical tools that help countries independently develop their own national energy strategies include:  

  • MESSAGE – Model for Energy Supply System Alternatives and their General Environmental impacts
  • WASP – Wien Automatic System Planning Package
  • ENPEP – Energy and Power Evaluation Programme
  • FINPLAN – Financial Analysis of Electric Sector Expansion Plans
  • SIMPACTS – Simplified Approach for Estimating Impacts of Electricity Generation
  • ISED – Indicators for Sustainable Energy Development

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