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Welcome and introduction

Our energy future is sunny and windy! Interesting practical examples explain the necessity of modeling. Watch the course overview and targets.

In this course, you will learn how our environmental and energy economic models can be used to answer questions raised by environmental or energy policy.

We will show you how to transfer a question to a model, solve the model, and interpret the results. You will even have the opportunity to develop your own model.

Energy markets are currently facing significant changes and challenges, all around the world. Models can help us to better understand and evaluate those developments.

So stick around if you want to know what our energy future could look like.

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Learning online

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In some steps we’ll provide additional learning material as external links or downloads. Please have a look at them as well.

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