As electricity, its generation and distribution, become increasing concerns, the need for a coordinated European energy policy arises. Therefore, understanding of the European power network is required, in order to predict and evaluate possible scenarios of power development. The following work, as a part of the AutRES100 project, sets its goal by researching and creating a dynamic power model of France as a piece of a future all-European power model. The introduction will present the motivations of the project as well as political guidelines for energy and sustainability. It closes with the definition of the project goals. The next chapter deals with the physical background of power generation, focused on nuclear and hydro power, the dominating factors in France.
It is followed by an overview of the past, current and planned future French power production, and observations to the load following behaviour and operation and investment costs for nuclear power plants.
With this framework giving the numbers on French power plants, in the chapter Model set-up describes the research of individual plant informations, the successes and occurring problems. Adapting to the complexity of the French power system exceeding expectations and the abundance of data falling below them, a focus onto the Rhône-Alpes region as large hydro power system is set. For this focus region, plant data is refined for the AUtRES100 model, and a series of varying simulations for multiple years is conducted.
In the chapter analysis, the simulation and its results are discussed and evaluated for their plausibility. In the final outlook the work done and the further steps that are necessary to finish the French power model are reviewed.