FlexiGIS: Open source GIS-based platform for the optimisation of flexibility options in urban areas

FlexiGIS is an open source GIS-based platform for modelling energy systems and flexibility options in urban areas. FlexiGIS stands for Flexibilisation in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). It extracts, filters and categorises the geo-referenced urban energy infrastructure, simulates the local electricity consumption and power generation from on-site renewable energy resources, and allocates the required decentralised storage in urban settings. FlexiGIS investigates systematically different scenarios of self-consumption, it analyses the characteristics and roles of flexibilisation technologies in promoting higher autarky levels in cities. The extracted urban energy infrastructure are based mainly on Open Street Map data.


Alaa Alhamwi, <alaa.alhamwi@dlr.de>



DLR - Institute of Networked Energy Systems, Department of Energy Systems Analysis





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Publications List

  • Alaa Alhamwi, W. Medjroubi, T. Vogt, C. Agert, GIS-based urban energy systems models and tools: Introducing a model for the optimisation of flexibilisation technologies in urban areas, Applied Energy, Volume 191, 1-9 (2017), 10.1016/j.apenergy.2017.01.048, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2017.01.048.

  • Alaa Alhamwi, W. Medjroubi, T. Vogt, C. Agert, OpenStreetMap data in modelling the urban energy infrastructure: a first assessment and analysis, Energy Procedia, Volume 142, 1968–1976 (2017), 10.1016/j.egypro.2017.12.397, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2017.12.397.

  • Alaa Alhamwi, W. Medjroubi, T. Vogt, C. Agert, Modelling urban energy requirements using open source data and models, Applied Energy, Volume 231, 1100-1108 (2018), 10.1016/j.apenergy.2018.09.164, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2018.09.164.

  • Alaa Alhamwi, W. Medjroubi, T. Vogt, C. Agert, FlexiGIS: an open source optimisation platform for the optimisation of flexibility options in urban energy systems, Energy Procedia, Volume 152, 941-949 (2018), 10.1016/j.egypro.2018.09.097, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2018.09.097.

  • Alaa Alhamwi, W. Medjroubi, T. Vogt, C. Agert, Development of a GIS-based platform for the allocation and optimisation of distributed storage in urban energy systems, Applied Energy, Volume 251, 113360 (2019), 10.1016/j.apenergy.2019.113360, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2019.113360.

  • Joseph Ranalli and Alaa Alhamwi, Configurations of renewable power generation in cities using open source approaches: With Philadelphia case study, Applied Energy, Volume 269, 115027 (2020), 10.1016/j.apenergy.2020.115027, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2020.115027

  • Alhamwi et. al, Modelling urban street lighting infrastructure using open source data, to be submitted to IEEE Access, (2020).


The FlexiGIS is licensed under the BSD-3-Clause, “New BSD License” or “Modified BSD License”. Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted. For more information concerning the BSD-3C and the description of the terms under which you can use the FlexiGIS code, please see opensource licenses.

The OpenStreetMap (OSM) data is available under the Open Database License (ODbL). A description of the ODbL license is available at the opendatacommons licenses. OpenStreetMap cartography is licensed as CC BY-SA. For more information on the copyright of OpenStreetMap please visit the openstreetmap copyright page. The OpenStreetMap data distributed is available under the Open Database License ODbL.

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