Systems Analysis (SYS) is an internationally well-established division doing high level research within energy, transport, climate change, urban systems, and sustainable development. We develop and apply methods from systems modelling, economics, econometrics, statistics, spatio-temporal analysis, and value chain studies. SYS has a staff of approximately 70, including 20 PhD students, with competences in a range of related disciplines with a dominance of engineering and economics.

The Division is organised in four groups:

Energy Systems Analysis,

Energy Economics and Regulation,

Transport Economics, and

Climate Change and Sustainable Development.

As an important player within the system analysis field, SYS has strong national and international networks. These include major European universities and research labs as well as partners in the US (NREL), Asia (China), and Africa. SYS participates in several dedicated networks such as EERA, ECRA, ETSAP, EMP-E, IAEE, ITEA, IPCC and UNI-SET. SYS has a strong track record of attracting national and international funding; approximately 60% of the Division’s resources are funded by external research programmes and commercial projects.

Several projects are funded by Innovation Fund Denmark, e.g. COMETS on integrating transport in the energy system, SAVE-E on how to further develop energy efficient measures in an energy system context, URBAN that focuses on transport congestion and productivity, COHERENT on coastal hazard risk reduction and management under climate change, and FutureGas on the future role of gas in the energy system. The latter project received the Danish Gas Industry’s annual award in 2017.

SYS participates in many collaborative EU projects focused on the H2020 Societal Challenges. These include, e.g. MARCO on market research for a climate services observatory, CIREG on climate information for integrated renewable electricity generation, REEEM on modelling transformation of the European energy system and AURES on auctions for renewable energy support.

In 2017, the TE group achieved an ERC advanced grant entitled ‘Generalized Entropy Models for Spatial Choices’. SYS is moreover strongly engaged in Nordic (including Baltic) research collaboration, and has recently been very successful with two Nordic Research flagship projects; Flex4RES on flexibility in coherent energy systems on a Nordic scale and SHIFT on Nordic transport.

Private foundations also fund SYS research projects, e.g. two projects about urban economics and sorting models respectively funded by Kraks Fond – Institute for Urban Economic Research.

The Division plays an important role within research based advice to the Danish government and has good long-term relations with Danish authorities, especially the Ministry of Transport and the Danish Energy Agency.

TE contributes to the Ministry of Transport on a range of issues, notably in relation to transport policy appraisal, and the ministry contributes with basic funding to selected projects. We also have strong relations with the Danish Energy Agency, where ESY undertakes and supports the development of the TIMES model and EER supports the development of auction-models for deployment of renewable energy (esp. solar and wind).

Close connections also exist to the Danish TSO for power and gas,, which we support especially in the forecast of future electricity demand (EER). Moreover, CCSD has supported Danish municipalities in the areas of energy efficiency and smart cities


Simon Bolwig
Acting Head Division, and Head of Climate Change and Sustainable Development
DTU Management Engineering
+45 46 77 51 60