Research project

Sustainable energy transitions laboratory (SENTINEL)

The Sustainable Energy Transitions Laboratory (SENTINEL) is a large joint research project comprising partners from both academia and industry. It is financed by the European Commission as part of the Horizon 2020 projects and comes with a grant of €4.9 million for a project duration from 2019 to 2022.


The overall objective is to improve quality, policy relevance and the possibility to combine different energy system models. The main focus lies on enhancing cooperation between industry and academia by promoting transparent, and open-source energy system modeling. For this aim, an online platform will be developed which features energy models (code), input data, model documentation and e-learning materials.

The Hertie School and SENTINEL

In the SENTINEL project, the Hertie School is involved in working packages Work Package 5 and 9.

In Work Package 5, the Hertie School’s power market model EMMA will be integrated into the SENTINEL framework. This includes the creation of interfaces to other models as well as development of further model features according to user needs.

In Work Package 9, the Hertie School will contribute to the conceptualisation and development of the online platform. Among others, the school's team will develop a modeling guidebook for transparency and reproducibility and a series of video tutorials on energy modelling, which will both be made available on the platform.


ETH Zürich (Lead), University of Aalborg, Central European University, Imperial College London, University of Utrecht, Public Power Corporation, Renewables Grid Initiative, Autonomous University of Barcelona, University of Graz, University of Pyraeus, Vattenfall AB


European Commission (Horizon 2020)


01.07.2019 – 30.06.2022

Project lead

  • Lion Hirth, Assistant Professor of Governance of Digitalisation and Energy Policy

Faculty and researchers