The Role of Thermal Storage and Natural Gas in a Smart Energy System

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dc.contributor.author VANDEWALLE, Jeroen
dc.contributor.author KEYAERTS, Nico
dc.contributor.author D'HAESELEER, William
dc.date.accessioned 2012-09-14T11:40:38Z
dc.date.available 2012-09-14T11:40:38Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.issn 1028-3625
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1814/23774
dc.description.abstract Smart grids are considered important building blocks of a future energy system that facilitates integration of massive distributed energy resources like gas-fired cogeneration (CHP). The latter produces thermal and electric power together and as such reinforces the interaction between the gas and electricity-distribution systems. Thermal storage makes up the key-source of flexibility that allows decoupling the electricity production from the heat demand. However, smart grids focus on electricity, often disregarding the role of gas and thermal storage in overall smart energy systems. We find that the technical impact of a massive introduction of CHP on the gas-distribution network is limited in most cases, even providing opportunities to free up capacity. Taking the consumer's viewpoint, we highlight the economic importance of the thermal storage tank, which requires a thermal capacity of two to three times the hourly thermal power output of the CHP to optimize electric power production and limit thermal losses. Further increasing the storage tank size can increase the gas-distribution capacity that can be marketed by the distribution system operator, but practical constraints in terms of dedicated land area have to be considered as well. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.relation.ispartofseries EUI RSCAS en
dc.relation.ispartofseries 2012/48 en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Loyola de Palacio Programme on Energy Policy en
dc.subject Smart Grids en
dc.subject Cogeneration en
dc.subject Natural Gas en
dc.subject Energy Storage en
dc.title The Role of Thermal Storage and Natural Gas in a Smart Energy System en
dc.type Working Paper en


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