Integration of sustainable multi-energy-hub systems from the system control perspective (IMES-SC)
The challenges posed by the nuclear phase-out could be at least partially solved by employing decentralised power production based on renewable energy sources (e.g. solar, biomass, wind) jointly with novel conversion/storage technologies and demand side management approaches. Such small-scale integrated energy hubs have only been recently introduced and not yet extensively deployed, so that as a first step it is thus necessary to develop a comprehensive simulation approach and create a new methodology for evaluating decentralised power production. The analysis must deals with a number of aspects, including technical, environmental, economic and social issues, if it is to be effectively viable in making recommendations for the optimal implementation of neighbourhood-scale energy production and management in the years and decades to come. In this manner it will be possible to contribute to the achievement of the targets set forth by the Energy Strategy 2050.
The project aims at developing a modelling and optimisation platform for the simulation and analysis of energy hubs. Within this context FEN primarily deals with designing appropriate control and scheduling algorithms for the effective utilisation of the energy assets integrated within the hub. The developed platform will enable an extended and comprehensive analysis encompassing a variety of aspects, through which it will also be possible to formulate technoeconomic decision-making guidelines for the promotion of decentralised power production. The guidelines will contain recommendations concerning ways in which neighbourhood-scale power production should be optimally deployed, which technical, economic and social barriers have to be overcome and where innovation is required in order to bring distributed power generation and novel energy technologies to the market. The target audience includes technology providers, market regulators, energy policy makers, electricity and gas grid operators, municipal energy utilities as well as urban planners and city administrations.