On the way towards smart energy supply in cities: The impact of interconnecting geographically distributed district heating grids on the energy system

D. F. Dominkovic, I. Bačeković, D. Sveinbjörnsson, A. S. Pedersen, G. Krajačić

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Abstract

A linear continuous optimization model with an hourly time resolution was developed in order to model the impact of subsequent interconnections of different DH grids. The municipality of Sønderborg was chosen for a case study and interconnections of five currently disconnected DH grids were assessed. Moreover, the impact of industrial waste heat on the DH supply was also assessed. In the reference year (2013) two out of four interconnections proved to be economically viable. The results for the future energy system (2029) showed that interconnecting geographically distributed DH grids reduces primary energy supply by 9.5%, CO2 emissions by 11.1% and total system costs by 6.3%. Inclusion of industrial waste heat in the fully interconnected DH grid reduced primary energy supply for an additional 3%, CO2 emissions for an additional 2.2% and total system costs for an additional 1.3%. The case of the future energy supply system with interconnected DH grids and installed industrial waste heat recuperation results in the lowest primary energy demand, emissions and costs. Finally, the benefits of the interconnected DH grid, in terms of system flexibility, CO2 emissions, total costs and energy efficiency, proved to be much greater in the future energy system.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEnergy
Volume137
Pages (from-to)941-960
ISSN0360-5442
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Local Communities
  • CO 2 emissions
  • Renewable energy systems
  • Energy system optimization
  • GIS
  • Zero carbon

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