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"Intelligent Control of Distributed Energy Resources; the Case of Micro Combined Heat and Power Systems"

Michiel Houwing
PhD student
Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Abstract
Distributed energy resources (DER) combined with the introduction of novel ICT systems will enable smarter power systems. This PhD research deals with the design and analysis of DER coordination regimes in order to provide insight into possible economic benefits of the regimes for households and load serving entities. The research focuses on domestic combined heat and power systems (=microCHP) and domestic energy storage options (hot water storage and batteries). MicroCHP units (based on Stirling, internal combustion or fuel fell technology) are expected to become important next generation home heating systems in certain developed nations. The large-scale adoption of microCHP can substantially contribute to meeting energy efficiency and CO2 reduction policy objectives. Results from simulation studies explicate the economic benefits of the intelligent application of microCHPs and local storage systems.