The 'antaresProcessing' R package

The antaresProcessing package provides functions that uses data created with package antaresRead to compute standard aggregate like customer surplus or sector surplus. This document demonstrates how to use the main functions of the package.


This package has been published on CRAN, so you can install it easily:


To install the last development version:

install_github("rte-antares-rpackage/antaresProcessing", ref ="develop")

To display the help of the package and see all the functions it provides, type:


Basic usage

The usage of the package is quite straightforward. First one has to read data from an antares study with readAntares and then pass it to a function of antaresProcessing. Each function requires different type of data (areas, links...) and different level of detail. Generally, functions that perform non-linear calculations require hourly data for each Monte-Carlo scenario but they have arguments to then aggregate the results at the desired level of detail. On the contrary, functions that do linear calculations accept every level of detail and their output has the same level of detail as their input.

The following table sums up the required data and the output of the different functions. For more details, one can look at the help file of each function. Especially, each help page contains an example that minimizes the amount of data read.

FunctionDescriptionrequirestime stepworks on synthesis
surplusConsumer and producer surplusareas, linkshourlyno
surplusClustersSurplus of clustersclusters, areashourlyno
surplusSectorsSurplus of sectors of productionareas, clustershourlyno
addNetLoadNet loadareas and/or districtsallyes
netLoadRampRamp of net loadareas and/or districtshourlyno
marginsDownward and upward margins of an areaareas, clustersallyes
modulationmodulation of cluster units or sectorsareas or districts or clustersallyes

There is also a compare function that can be used to compare two tables with same shape. It is useful to compare the results of two simulations.

studyPath <- "path/to/study"

setSimulationPath(studyPath, 1)
data1 <- readAntares(areas = "all", links = "all", synthesis = FALSE)
surplus1 <- surplus(data1,  timeStep = "annual", synthesis = TRUE) 

setSimulationPath(studyPath, 2)
data2 <- readAntares(areas = "all", links = "all", synthesis = FALSE)
surplus2 <- surplus(data2,  timeStep = "annual", synthesis = TRUE)

compare(surplus1, surplus2)

## 'antaresDataTable' object with dimension 72 x 8
## Type: surplusComparison
## TimeStep: annual
## Synthesis: TRUE
##                area timeId time consumerSurplus producerSurplus storageSurplus ...
## 1:            01_pt Annual 2017       -57046.01       10371.915              0
## 2:            02_es Annual 2017      -956371.65      517675.155              0
## 3:            03_es Annual 2017      2435946.66    -1978004.005              0
## 4:            04_fr Annual 2017       -70700.07      110701.300              0
## ...

By default, compare computes the difference between two tables, but it can also compute a ratio or a variation rate.


Contributions to the library are welcome and can be submitted in the form of pull requests to this repository.


Antares is a powerful software developed by RTE to simulate and study electric power systems (more information about Antares here :

ANTARES is now an open-source project (since 2018), you can download the sources here if you want to use this package.

License Information:

Copyright 2015-2018 RTE (France)

This Source Code is subject to the terms of the GNU General Public License, version 2 or any higher version. If a copy of the GPL-v2 was not distributed with this file, You can obtain one at

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February 26th, 2020

Functions in antaresProcessing (0.18.0)