Optimizing Hybrid Energy grids for smart citieS

  • Finished
  • Started: Sep 2013
  • Ended: Sep 2016


Project description

The global demand for energy will challenge energy supply directly impacting the productivity for future

growth and prosperity of cities. Stability and efficiency across multi domain energy grids are crucial. Coupling

technologies like Combined Heat and Power (CHP) allow theses multi-utility grids to be considered and operated

as Hybrid Energy Network increasing even more efficiency levels and reducing overall CO2 footprint. Although

multi-dimensional synergies are increasingly apparent, they neither have been comprehensively investigated so


In this project, a Hybrid Energy network control system for Smart Cities will be elaborated implementing novel

Cooperative Control Strategies for the optimal interactions between multiple in Coexistence operated energy

grids. This will improve the existing hybrid network. Exploiting higher levels of ICT in all energy systems, methods

for enabling simultaneous optimization for individual response requirements, energy efficiencies and energy

savings as well as coupled operational, economic and social impacts will be developed by

  • Enhanced realization of today’s market by enhancing grid systems with physical coupling options and enhanced control strategies exploited by increasing level of “smart” infrastructure (metering, sensors, ICT infrastructure) for operation control including grid coupling devices, and adaptation of the monitoring systems advances available in the ICT Machine-to-Machine field, and incorporation sophisticated meteorological data for different time resolutions needs;
  • Concept realizations in future markets through definition of cooperative algorithms for cross-grid control decisions capable of load balancing by optimizing multiple utilities demand, supply and storage preferences to integrate “prosumers” and utilizing respective control strategies in decision support system design for an energy control platform based on different new business models.

The demonstration targets will be two cities, Ulm in Germany and Skellefteå in Sweden. The outcomes of the

project, namely the Cooperative control Strategies for the Cooperative Coexistence of Hybrid Energy Networks

will be integrated in the existing ICT infrastructure of the demo sites at the city of Ulm and the city of Skellefteå.

The results of the evaluation will be concluded and highlight the lessons learnt throughout the different

processes. All activities planned for the dissemination will facilitate the take-up of the results, in particular

targeting ICT Providers, municipal authorities, representatives from distributor and energy system operators and

stakeholders of the smart cities and communities to ensure the replication of the Cooperative Control strategy for

the Cooperative Coexistence of Hybrid Energy Networks.

Last updated: 04 Sep 2013