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Modeling of a Village-Scale Multi-Energy System for the Integrated Supply of Electric and Thermal Energy

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Department of Energy, Politecnico di Milano, 20156 Milan, Italy
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Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), 20123 Milan, Italy
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Energy System Research Unit—Thermodynamics Laboratory, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Liege, 4000 Liege, Belgium
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Centro Universitario de Investigación en Energía, University Mayor de San Simon, Cochabamba 2500, Bolivia
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Smart Energy Systems, Mechanical Engineering Department, KU Leuven, 3001 Lueven, Belgium
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This paper is an extended version of our paper published in the 10th International Conference on System Simulation in Buildings (SSB 2018), 10–12 Dec 2018, University of Liege, Liege, Belgium.
Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(21), 7445; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10217445
Received: 25 September 2020 / Revised: 13 October 2020 / Accepted: 21 October 2020 / Published: 23 October 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Renewable Energy Systems 2020)
Energy system models for off-grid systems usually tend to focus solely on the provision of electricity for powering simple appliances, thus neglecting more energy-intensive and critical needs, such as water heating. The adoption of a Multi-Energy System (MES) perspective would allow us not only to provide comprehensive solutions addressing all types of energy demand, but also to exploit synergies between the electric and thermal sectors. To this end, we expand an existing open-source micro-grid optimization model with a complementary thermal model. Results show how the latter achieves optimal solutions that are otherwise restricted, allowing for a reduction in the Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) of 59% compared to a conventional microgrid, and an increase of reliance on renewable sources of 70%. View Full-Text
Keywords: energy system; thermal; electric; modeling; off-grid; rural electrification energy system; thermal; electric; modeling; off-grid; rural electrification
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Stevanato, N.; Rinaldi, L.; Pistolese, S.; Balderrama Subieta, S.L.; Quoilin, S.; Colombo, E. Modeling of a Village-Scale Multi-Energy System for the Integrated Supply of Electric and Thermal Energy. Appl. Sci. 2020, 10, 7445. https://doi.org/10.3390/app10217445

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Stevanato N, Rinaldi L, Pistolese S, Balderrama Subieta SL, Quoilin S, Colombo E. Modeling of a Village-Scale Multi-Energy System for the Integrated Supply of Electric and Thermal Energy. Applied Sciences. 2020; 10(21):7445. https://doi.org/10.3390/app10217445

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Stevanato, Nicolo, Lorenzo Rinaldi, Stefano Pistolese, Sergio L. Balderrama Subieta, Sylvain Quoilin, and Emanuela Colombo. 2020. "Modeling of a Village-Scale Multi-Energy System for the Integrated Supply of Electric and Thermal Energy" Applied Sciences 10, no. 21: 7445. https://doi.org/10.3390/app10217445

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