At a two-day workshop in Zagreb first in April different industry, academia and governmental partners focused on the importance of data-intelligent operation of integrated power and thermal systems for accelerating the green transition using thermal storage solutions on the proper scales.
Center for IT-Intelligent Energy Systems (CITIES) project at DTU in Denmark was responsible for the workshop.
See the documents from the workshop below for details.
In recent years, there has been a growing interest in using big data to improve district heating and district cooling systems. Sensors are becoming cheaper, and the use of smart meters, which measure hourly heat consumption at every consumer, in the district heating systems became more common. The vast amount of data can be used for constructing better models, resulting in lower operating costs of district heating and district cooling systems. Moreover, cogeneration units, large heat pumps and electric boilers in district energy systems have to bid for electricity on day-ahead markets. The result of this changing framework for district heating and district cooling operation is increased complexity of operating the systems but also an opportunity for economic, CO2 emissions and energy savings in the system.
Furthermore, efficient and successful integration of large-scale variable energy sources like wind and solar energy calls for a rethinking of the design and operation of energy systems and their interaction with other sectors of modern society. Current energy systems where supply is following the demand will change to a system where the demand must follow generation. Consequently, this calls for a switch of focus towards unlocking and describing the energy flexibility at all levels of the energy system. Here, the thermal inertia of district heating/cooling systems will play an important role, as the scale of the system is essential for providing the needed solutions; e.g. solutions for seasonal storage.
Presenter, link and information:
- Agenda overview – Workshop participants, Scope of the workshop
- Henrik Madsen: CITIES project-status, solutions and the future
- Goran Krajačić: Perspectives for the integration of DH systems in the Eastern Europe
- Ivan Ivanković: District Heating – The Road Ahead – A city’s view on challenges and opportunities in deep decarbonization
- Velimir Šegon: Biomass district heating in Croatia
- Jure Cizman: Geothermal Potential in DHS Slovenia
- Fabian Dawo: Geothermal CHP concepts
- Dragutin Domitrovic: Velika Ciglena – geothermal field, power plant and district heating potential
- Anita Martinčević: 3Smart – smart buildings, smart grid, smart city – project results
- Frederik Banis: Model Predictive Control in connection with district heating networks
- Anders Andersen: Market optimization of district heating and cooling plants
- Ignacio Blanco: Optimization and bidding strategies for the operation of district heating plants
- Ana Lovrak: Stakeholder cooperation as the key step for unlocking the potential of DHS – PentaHelix project
- Hrvoje Milošević: Solar heat – A future major source for district heating
- Slobodan Kolbah & Mladen Škrlec: Direct Hydro-Geothermal Energy Use in District Heating and Cooling Systems – The potential of Croatian Pannonian Basins
- Hrvoje Milošević: Solid BigSolar 2019
- Dominik Dominiković: Potential for interconnecting district heating grids in the greater Zagreb region
- Bjarne Sig Halkjær: Digitalised District Heating – from buzz to business case
- Josip Julijo Franz & Jure Bartol: OT – IoT platform Tango as a new tools for smart infrastructure
- David Edsbäcker & Markus Falkvall: Securing a lower grid temperature through increase digitalization – using heat load forecasting and feedback from the grid
- Hjörleifur G Bergsteinsson, Henrik Madsen, Henrik Aa. Nielsen, Jan K. Møller: Methods for Data-Intelligent Operation of Low Temperature DH Systems