Integrated Community Energy Systems

By PhD student: B.P. Koirala
Supervisors: Dr. Rudi A. Hakvoort and Prof. Dr. Paulien Herder

Local energy landscape is in the midst of a radical transformation. More consumers are becoming prosumers by generating their own electricity locally thanks to implementation of suitable policies, cost reduction of renewables, development in ICTs and smart grids as well as increasing environmental awareness. When consumers co-operate, more energy options become feasible, like small wind turbines or biogas production. However, increasing distributed generation due to advent of renewable energy technologies as well as increasing electricity demand due to electrification of new sectors (e.g. electric vehicles, heat pumps) provide additional challenges to maintain integrity of the electricity grid.

 As a part of the solution, innovative ways for local matching of demand and supply  in the form of integrated community energy systems are emerging in the energy systems. They refer to multiple approaches for supplying local communities with their energy requirement from high-efficiency co-generation or tri-generation as well as from renewable energy technologies coupled with innovative energy storage solutions including electric vehicles and energy efficiency demand-side measures. Significant benefits associated with these systems among others flexibility and robustness could assist advancement in smart grids.

 This research aims at investigating the value of integrated community energy systems. Moreover, recommendations for institutional design to clearly define the role and responsibilities of different actors involved as well as to institutionally embed these systems in existing energy systems will be provided. 

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