Expansion of the existing simulation environment with Smart Heat Grid (SHG)-components
The expansion of the existing simulation environment has several effects: On one hand it provides a platform for the development and testing of algorithms. On the other hand it can be used as a planning tool for development and implementation of constructive concepts. In addition, a link between the simulation and the control system will enable an actual usage in operation.
Concepts and Field Trials of a Smart-Heat-Infrastructure
Fields of application will be analysed for several renewable and current-fed generators. In the course of this the entire network infrastructure will be used to increase efficiency and flexibility. One possibility for reaching flexibility is an active integration of the secondary side (thermal load).
Designing Concepts of Measurement and Control Technologies
The main target of measurement and control concepts is to develop cost-effective components and standardized interfaces, such as a new "smart-heat-grid-ready" standard.
Designing Concepts of Operation
Within the project operating concepts will be developed that will enable a competitive producer market under ecological conditions. In addition to the generator coordination the secondary side is also to be integrated, so as to provide more flexibility by e.g. thermal load management. Already during the plant planning it has to be monitored that the heat grid is not overstressed and, if necessary, an adjustment of the existing plants (redispatch) is carried out. Primary objective of all operating concepts is to optimize the overall operation.
Designing Concepts of Operations Monitoring
Concepts of Operations Monitoring ensure in real-time that all planned SHG processes run as planned. Therefore the state has to be detected and key figures for a live-evaluation of the system need to be formed. A central monitoring will detect errors by aggregating data (operations analytics). In addition to the real-time evaluation, historical data are also archived and viewed. Concept will be designed on how automatic optimization measures can be derived from real-time data and historical data. Defects and manipulations will also be tracked and reported.
Designing Concepts of System Integration
In order to implement the concepts mentioned above, overlapping interests with external shareholders or other third parties should be identified. On the one hand, these are interests connected to consumers of thermal energy. Therefore, concepts offering incentives for efficient and flexible thermal consumption (or in some cases production) have to be developed. On the other hand, the legal and economic framework has to be considered. Additionally and in a final step, all generated results and methods should be generalized and as a result become transferable to other DHC systems.