SUPER is a software product developed by OLADE, of which first version was concluded in 1993 and counting with financial support from the Inter-American Development Bank(IDB).
SUPER Version 5.0 is currently being offered, which includes a series of user-suggested enhancements, based on successful experiences, covering over 10 years of use.
2.- DESCRIPTION OF THE SYSTEM
The model is divided into seven modules; each one has specific tasks in the process of obtaining and analyzing an optimum expansion plan.
- Control Module: Classifies input and output information in studies and cases, ensuring orderly storage of data and results on the computer hard disc; and allows access to the other modules of the model.
- Demand Module (MODDEM): Based on hourly load historical data, models demand curves for the period under study, pre-dispatches non-optimizable resources, simulates the effect of energy conservation and load management programs (CEAC), and does the economic analyses for the CEAC programs.
- Hydrological Module (MODHID): Reconstructs natural flow rates based on operational logs for dams, fills in unavailable historical information for watershed flow rate statistics, generates synthetic flow rate series and hydrological scenarios, and calculates potential and real average energy for hydroelectric developments.
- Planning under Uncertainty Module (MODPIN): Finds the lowest risk investment strategies under conditions of uncertainty in variables such as demand, hydrology, fuel costs, and construction times for projects; and is capable of analyzing several inter-connected hydro-thermal projects.
- Hydro-thermal Module (MODDHT): Determines the optimal operation for inter-connected hydro-thermal systems; finds marginal generation costs, fuel volumes used, energy flows at inter-connections, and builds the monthly generated energy balance.
- Financial Module (MODFIN): Does the financial analyses for expansion plans, and produces basic financial statements: operating loss and gain, funding sources and uses, balance sheets, etc.
- Environmental Module (MODAMB): Does the environmental analysis for expansion plans, using a 5-goal function: physical and biotic environmental impact, displaced population, regional costs, and regional benefits.
The following entities of the Region are among the current users of the model (in Spanish):
- National Electricity Council– CONELEC of Ecuador
- National Energy Commission – CNE of the Dominican Republic
- National Energy Commission – CNE of Nicaragua
- National Electricity Transmission Company S.A. - ENTRESA de Nicaragua
- Energy Institute of Costa Rica – ICE
- National Institute of Electricity – INDE of Guatemala
- National Electric Energy Company of Honduras
- Rio Lempa Electricity Comission – CEL of El Salvador
- Electric Transmission Company S.A. - ETESA of Panama
- Ministry of Energy and Mining of Peru
- Pacific Special Projects S.A. – PEPSA de Perú
- Energy investment Supervisory Body – OSINERG of Peru
- The Mining and Energy. Planning Unit – UNME
- Anonymous Electricity Administration and Development Company- CADAFE of Venezuela