Tutorial 2 – Multi-Energy Systems – An introduction to the smart grid beyond electricity

The aim of this tutorial is to give an introduction to smart MES, starting from the speakers’ numerous research activities in this area which took place over the last ten years within the context of several UK and European projects.

Background

While the “smart grid” is key to moving towards a sustainable power system, decarbonisation of the entire energy sector calls for rethinking the role of electricity in a wider, whole-system context. It is therefore critical to understand how electricity interacts with end-use sectors such as heating, cooling and transport (which are all large contributors to greenhouse gas emissions), as well as and with different supply-side fuels (and particularly natural gas). In this respect, new concepts such as Multi-Energy Systems (MES), whereby multiple energy vectors and sectors are optimally integrated, can increase the overall system’s performance (technically, economically and environmentally) from both the operation and the planning perspectives. In particular, such smart MES thinking, which includes a number of emerging topics like “smart buildings”, “smart communities” and “smart cities”, has the potential to unlock value somehow hidden when considering only electricity and access new forms of flexibility that may be essential in future power and energy networks. However, significant challenges also arise in terms of the complexity of modelling and then operating and planning such integrated energy systems.

Aim of the tutorial

The aim of this tutorial is to give an introduction to smart MES, starting from the speakers’ numerous research activities in this area which took place over the last ten years within the context of several UK and European projects.

Content

The topics that will be covered include:

  • motivation for and definition of MES;
  • multi-energy load modelling and building energy management systems;
  • integrated MES load flow analysis;
  • optimal management and design of district energy system;
  • flexibility in MES;
  • operational optimization and flexible expansion planning of distributed MES;
  • demand response and business cases for smart communities; and
  • integrated electricity and gas transmission system operation modelling.

Specific case study examples will also be provided to illustrate the concepts presented, along with a list of key publications to allow the attendees to delve more into MES on their own.

Registration

The tutorial is provided free of charge for IEEE ENERGYCON 2016 registered participants. Please register for participation online at http://www.conftool.com/energycon2016.

Participants that have already registered for the conference, but not for the tutorial can add the tutorial to their registration: https://www.conftool.com/energycon2016/index.php?page=editParticipant.

Speakers

Pierluigi Mancarella Pierluigi Mancarella is a Reader in Future Energy Networks in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Manchester (UoM), UK.

He received his MSc and PhD degrees from the Politecnico di Torino, Italy, in 2002 and 2006, respectively, and was a Visiting Researcher at NTNU in Trondheim, Norway, in 2004, a Post-doc Research Fellow at the Politecnico di Torino in 2006 and 2007, and a research Associate at Imperial College London, UK, between 2008 and 2011. He then joined the Electrical Energy and Power Systems group at the UoM, where he has been teaching “Power System Operation and Economics” and “Smart Grids and Sustainable Electricity Systems”. After joining the UoM, Pierluigi was a Visiting Professor at Ecole Centrale de Lille, France (June 2013 and April 2014) and at the Universidad de Chile, Santiago (January 2015), and a Visiting Researcher at NREL, Colorado (August 2015). He is currently also a Visiting Professor at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Pierluigi’s areas of expertise and interests include techno-economic and environmental modelling of multi-energy systems; integration of low carbon technologies into power systems and distribution networks; planning of integrated energy infrastructure under uncertainty; business models for smart technologies; and risk and resilience assessment of future networks.

Pierluigi has authored several books and book chapters and about 200 research papers on the above topics.

He is an Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems, an Associate Editor of the IEEE Systems Journal, and the Chair of the Working Group on Energy of the IEEE European Public Policy Initiative.

Eduardo Alejandro Martínez Ceseña Eduardo Alejandro Martínez Ceseña is a Senior Research Associate in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Manchester, UK.

He received the B.Eng. degree from the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (Mexico) in 2004, the M.Sc degree from Instituto Tecnológico de Morelia (Mexico) in 2008, and the Ph.D degree from the University of Manchester in 2012, all in electrical engineering.

He has participated in several European and UK research projects including Autonomic Power Systems (UK EPSRC), Capacity to Customers (UK Electricity North West-Ofgem Low Carbon Network Fund), ADDRESS (EC FP6), COOPERaTE (EC FP7), and DIMMER (EC FP7). Specifically, his work has dealt with the integration of smart and flexible network solutions as well as economic and financial assessment and business models for new, integrated energy technologies.

Dr. Martínez Ceseña’s research interests include power systems economics, planning and design of generation systems based on renewable energies, distribution network reinforcement planning in the light of demand response and other smart solutions, optimisation techniques, integrated energy management systems, and Real Options theory, among others.

In the above topics, he has co-authored over 20 research papers in peer-reviewed international journals and conferences and a book chapter.