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District Energy Systems: Challenges and New Tools for Planning and Evaluation

Wehkamp, Steffen and Schmeling, Lucas and Vorspel, Lena and Roelcke, Fabian and Windmeier, Kai-Lukas (2020) District Energy Systems: Challenges and New Tools for Planning and Evaluation. Energies, 13 (11). Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI). doi: 10.3390/en13112967. ISSN 1996-1073.

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The change from a centralized to a decentralized energy supply creates new challenges in the planning of such energy supply concepts. Specialized planning tools that can cope with the complex requirements and multi-layered boundary conditions of local energy use are therefore needed. Existing methods need to be further developed and optimized to suit the complex stakeholder structures encountered in innovative district projects, as well as for research purposes. This paper presents selected aspects and challenges in the development of an application-oriented planning tool. Using a North German district as a case study, the usability of a Building Information Model as an aggregated data platform is tested in the context of a residential energy district planning process. In addition, the modeling of heating grids using a combination of Geographic Information System and open source thermodynamic tools is presented. Economic valuation methods are examined to determine the extent to which the value of flexibility and access to local flexibility markets can be taken into account. Finally, an approach for evaluating the ecological aspects of the district energy supply is presented, based on the dynamic assessment of imported and exported energy quantities.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/138344/
Document Type:Article
Title:District Energy Systems: Challenges and New Tools for Planning and Evaluation
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Wehkamp, SteffenUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-6397-4062UNSPECIFIED
Schmeling, LucasUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8379-7718UNSPECIFIED
Vorspel, LenaUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-6569-9498UNSPECIFIED
Date:9 June 2020
Journal or Publication Title:Energies
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Publisher:Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
Keywords:district energy systems; energy system planning; building information modeling; heat grid simulation; flexibility valuation; local flexibility markets; emission valuation; flow tracing
HGF - Research field:Energy
HGF - Program:Technology, Innovation and Society
HGF - Program Themes:Renewable Energy and Material Resources for Sustainable Futures - Integrating at Different Scales
DLR - Research area:Energy
DLR - Program:E SY - Energy Systems Analysis
DLR - Research theme (Project):E - Energy Systems Technology (old)
Location: Oldenburg
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Networked Energy Systems > Energy System Technology
Deposited By: Klement, Dr. Peter
Deposited On:03 Dec 2020 14:53
Last Modified:25 Oct 2023 08:19

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