The use of system dynamics for EROI simulation

Reynir Smari Atlason

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EROI studies should essentially follow the same methodology to allow for comparability. In 2011 a proposed standard for boundaries was published by Murphy et al. However, the transparency, or the lack thereof, makes it difficult to allow studies to be compared. Researchers could disclose datasets along with publications where inputs and outputs from energy systems are shown, but that is seldom or ever the case. Doing so would allow other researchers to see if energy systems or studies are actually comparable and if inputs, outputs and assumptions are the same. In this study, I demonstrate how to construct a systems dynamics model to represent a geothermal power plant and calculate the EROI3,i. The benefits of such models are their simplicity, and simulation power. The system simulated is adapted from Atlason et al. (2013) where the EROI for the Nesjavellir geothermal power plant was calculated. The systems dynamics model essentially provides other researchers with a clear demonstration of inputs, outputs and assumptions used in the calculations. I propose, that EROI studies are supplemented with such models for clarity.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date22. Jun 2017
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 22. Jun 2017
EventSociety in transition: a Workshop on EROI and Related Measurements and their Application to Transitional Economies: by International Society for BioPhysical Economics - Polson, United States
Duration: 18. Jun 201722. Jun 2017


WorkshopSociety in transition: a Workshop on EROI and Related Measurements and their Application to Transitional Economies
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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