Determining the Optimal Capacities of Renewable-Energy-Based Energy Conversion Systems for Meeting the Demands of Low-Energy District Heating, Electricity, and District Cooling

Hakan Tol, Svend Svendsen, Ibrahim Dincer

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Abstract

This chapter presents a method for determining the optimal capacity of
a renewable-energy-based energy conversion system for meeting the energy
requirements of a given district as considered on a monthly basis, with use of a
low-energy district heating system operating at a low temperature, as low as 55 °C for supply and 25 °C for return, and with additional considerations being directed to supply electricity and cooling. Several optimal solutions with various nominal capacities of the technologies involved were obtained in each of the two case studies, one being for the Greater Copenhagen Area, and the other for the Greater Toronto Area. Various climate conditions of the case areas in question caused different observations of nominal capacities for the energy conversion systems considered with single-production and multi-production based on different renewable energy sources.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProgress in Clean Energy
Volume2
PublisherSpringer
Publication date2015
Pages777-830
Chapter53
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-17030-5
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-17031-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Renewable energy
  • Low-energy
  • District heating
  • Low-temperature
  • District cooling
  • Energy conversion system
  • Municipal decision tool
  • Exergoeconomy
  • Lifecycle cost
  • Optimization

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