Simulation is an essential tool to tackle the complexity of modern energy systems and to define effective solutions to plan, design and operate energy systems. Energy systems are expected to incorporate electrical, gas and heat networks - so to achieve maximum usage of every form of energy available - and to include storage capacity. The distributed nature of new resources (generation and storage) and the participation of loads in energy management require fast, reactive control and protection. In this context the monitoring and control of modern energy systems are expected to be characterized by distribution of functions. At the same time a large use of communication media is envisioned. Interactions between continuous dynamics and discrete events are becoming more relevant due to the increasing number of controllable devices (e.g. power electronic converters in the electrical grids) and the use of networked control schemes. Energy systems, furthermore, are increasingly driven by market competition, and it is effect on system operation should also be considered. In this context several research groups have been developing modelling and simulation solutions to tackle those challenges and they have been distributing their software following an open source approach. The workshop deals with all the aspects related to use and development of open source tools for the modelling and simulation of power and energy systems. The main goal of the workshop is to encourage discussion on these topics among experts coming from academia, industry and utilities.
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