Smart local energy management

Smart local energy management

February 13, 2015
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Smart local energy management

EU-funded scientists are seeking effective methods to manage all the phases related to energy production, transformation and distribution.

Currently, remarkable efforts are being devoted to integrate fossil with renewable energy (RE) sources in a bid to achieve higher RE shares and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. However, growing investments in distributed energy resources (mainly RE sources) call for new ways to handle the increased diversity and complexity of energy management. Along with these, more sophisticated and decentralised decision making is also needed to cope with variable energy generation and load profiles.

Against this backdrop, scientists initiated the EU-funded project 'Coupling renewable, storage and ICTs, for low carbon intelligent energy management at district level' (RESILIENT). The project's innovative concept is based on interconnecting buildings, distributed energy resources, grids and other networks to ultimately assess the associated energy and environmental benefits.

Scientists aim to efficiently manage and correlate different energy sources and energy storage technologies. In particular, RESILIENT leverages combined heat and power units and RE technologies such as wind turbines, photovoltaic panels and solar thermal collectors. It also combines heating networks for energy distribution, thermal or electrical storage technologies, and an energy management system for providing real-time accounts of energy demand and supply. Based on these, RESILIENT greatly assists in decision making. Specifically, it controls the time to operate each energy resource, the power levels, the time to store energy and the priority loads.

Scientists have hitherto developed tools for simulating thermal and electrical grids, and developed thermal, electrical and heat models for buildings. A combined statistic and stochastic approach has been used to calculate the generated loads for each building. Activities related to further increasing the modelling capabilities of the present library functions are still ongoing. These will be used to simulate the RESILIENT pilot projects and adapt models to the specific characteristics of the demonstration sites.

The integrated concept will be installed and validated in three pilot projects in Belgium, Italy and the United Kingdom. These demonstrators will be used to assess the energy and environmental benefits and to validate models and technologies to apply them afterwards throughout Europe.

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