An integrated approach for the validation of energy and environmental system analysis models: used in the validation of the Flexigas Excel BioGas model

Frank Pierie, Christian van Someren, Wen Liu, Jan Bekkering, Evert Jan Hengeveld, J. Holstein, René M.J. Benders, Gideon A.H. Laugs, Wim van Gemert, Henri C. Moll

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A review has been completed for a verification and validation (V&V) of the (Excel) BioGas simulator or EBS model. The EBS model calculates the environmental impact of biogas production pathways using Material and Energy Flow Analysis, time dependent dynamics, geographic information, and Life Cycle analysis. Within this article a V&V method is researched, selected and applied to validate the EBS model. Through the use of the method described within this article: mistakes in the model are resolved, the strengths and weaknesses of the model are found, and the concept of the model is tested and strengthened. The validation process does not only improve the model but also helps the modelers in widening their focus and scope. This article can, therefore, also be used in the validation process of similar models. The main result from the V&V process indicates that the EBS model is valid; however, it should be considered as an expert model and should only be used by expert users.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherHanzehogeschool Groningen
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 10 May 2016



  • validation
  • modeling
  • biogas
  • energy and environmental system analysis
  • flexigas

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