Hybrid modeling and co-simulation of district heating systems with distributed energy resources

Eero Vesaoja, Heikki Nikula, Seppo Sierla, Tommi Karhela, Paul G Flikkema, Chen Wei Yang

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Abstract

While there is intense global research activity addressing problems underpinning the re-engineering of the electrical power grid, thermal energy grids are likely to play an increasing role in energy systems. This paper describes an on-going effort in hybrid modeling and co-simulation of the physical and control domains of district heating networks. The focus is on modeling each domain using semantics and tools natural to each; we also describe the challenges of, and a method for, integration and synchronization of the simulation models in each domain. Here, the dataflow model of computation used by Simulink provides a flexible industry-grade environment for modeling the dynamics of heat energy flows, and the IEC 61499 automation architecture facilitates distributed systems modeling and enables rapid deployment to field hardware. At the application level, we show how this framework enables the study of energy flows within a producer/consumer (prosumer) and the analysis of the economic value of integrating distributed solar thermal generation and storage into a prosumer participating in a district heating network.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2014 Workshop on Modeling and Simulation of Cyber-Physical Energy Systems, MSCPES 2014 - Held as Part of CPS Week, Proceedings
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Print)9781479947027
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event2014 Workshop on Modeling and Simulation of Cyber-Physical Energy Systems, MSCPES 2014 - Held as Part of CPS Week - Berlin, Germany
Duration: Apr 14 2014Apr 14 2014

Other

Other2014 Workshop on Modeling and Simulation of Cyber-Physical Energy Systems, MSCPES 2014 - Held as Part of CPS Week
CountryGermany
CityBerlin
Period4/14/144/14/14

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Keywords

  • co-simulation
  • distributed generation
  • district heating
  • hybrid modeling
  • IEC 61499
  • producer/consumer
  • prosumer
  • synchronization
  • thermal energy networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation

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Vesaoja, E., Nikula, H., Sierla, S., Karhela, T., Flikkema, P. G., & Yang, C. W. (2014). Hybrid modeling and co-simulation of district heating systems with distributed energy resources. In 2014 Workshop on Modeling and Simulation of Cyber-Physical Energy Systems, MSCPES 2014 - Held as Part of CPS Week, Proceedings [6842395] IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/MSCPES.2014.6842395