Special Issue "Simulation, Analysis, Optimization and New Challenges of District Heating and Cooling Networks"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2017)
The new challenges in efficiency increases, pollutant emissions, and fossil fuel reduction has led to an increased attention to district heating and cooling networks (DHCNs). As is well known, DHCNs are largely diffused, since the elimination of combustion systems at the final user stage of thermal energy allows to drastically reduce both pollutant and thermal emissions within the area of a city. Furthermore, DHCNs enable to increase safety conditions and to eliminate the transportation of fuel to residential areas. Often, in order to promote an efficient thermal energy production, DHCNs are supplied with heat produced by means of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) units and/or renewable generators, also integrated into storage devices. The increasing complexity of these energy networks makes the correct management of production system operations of fundamental importance. The determination of ideal system setups, as well as the control and operation of integrated networks, is not easy.
Furthermore, new generation of DHCNs introduce the concept of smart thermal grids, which consist of a bidirectional heat exchange between the network and final users. These networks operate, especially in Northern Europe, and often install micro-CHP and/or thermal solar panels, distributed to the final users. This new approach to DHCNs promotes the concept of distributed generation transforming a thermal network into a smart grid.
This Special Issue of Applied Sciences aims to cover recent advances in the development, optimization, management, analysis, and design of DHCNs.
Dr. Francesco Melino
Dr. Lisa Branchini
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- district heating and cooling
- smart district heating
- combined heat and power plants (CHP)
- renewable generators integration
- dynamic simulation
- heat exchange optimization
- software for DHCNs design and analysis
- techno-economic analysis
- DHCNs operation, maintenance and control