Coupling of weather forecasts and smart grid-control of wastewater inlet to Kolding WWTP (Denmark)

Julie Evald Bjerg, Morten Grum, Vianney Augustin Thomas Courdent, Rasmus Fogtmann Halvgaard, Luca Vezzaro, Peter Steen Mikkelsen

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The increasing focus on renewable energy sources has caused many countries to initiate a shift to a more intelligent and flexible electricity system – the Smart Grid. This allows for the optimization of the electricity consumption according to the fluctuation in electricity prices. In this study four strategies for controlling the wastewater flow to Kolding Central wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) based on the Smart Grid concept are investigated. The control strategies use the storage volume in the pipe system upstream the WWTP to detain water during hours with high electricity prices, releasing the water when the price decreases. A lumped conceptual model was constructed based an existing highly detailed hydrodynamic model of the catchment. The conceptual model was used to assess the performance of the four control strategies, which were evaluated based on savings in operation cost and emitted CO2 equivalents. Weather forecasts were used to empty out the system prior to a rain event, ensuring that the control strategies did not lead to increases in combined sewer overflow. The largest savings obtained were 833 EUR/month and 3909 kg CO2 equivalents/month, which were achieved by only sending wastewater to the treatment plant during the six cheapest hours of the day. The savings achieved with the other control strategies were however in the ranges 65–300 EUR/month and 196–910 kg CO2 equivalents/month. These evaluations were generally done with limited storage space of just around 20 % of the daily wastewater flow and relatively simplistic control schemes. Larger savings would be anticipated with more complex control schemes utilizing larger storage volumes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 10th International Urban Drainage Modelling Conference
Place of PublicationQuebec/Canada
PublisherInternational Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR)
Publication date2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event10th International on Urban Drainage Modelling Conference - Quebec, Canada
Duration: 20 Sept 201523 Sept 2015
Conference number: 10


Conference10th International on Urban Drainage Modelling Conference


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