Integrating sustainable, local and flexible energy sources in the Smart Grid
We are an interdisciplinary team from the Eindhoven University of Technology, who are
working on the application of technologies in order to make the current electrical grid
Tjalling Nobels – Sustainable Innovation
Kay van den Aker – Industrial Design
Jinglai Ye – Sustainable Innovation
Michiel Roelofs – Sustainable Energy Technology
Sjoerd Pernot – Sustainable Innovation
Menno van Zutphen – Mechanical Engineering
Emanuel Vallarella – Sustainable Innovation
Goal Smart Grid: A grid that can integrate local and flexible energy assets into the energy system, in order to make energy use more sustainable.
Valuation of different energy technologies, energy flows and energy services, for an optimized energy system
Coordination and interaction between different assets, stakeholders and users in the grid in real-time operation.
Allocation of cost and benefits in fair and cost-reflective market and business models.
Where? On the campus of the Eindhoven University of Technology, there is the opportunity to create a living lab platform to do experiments in a Smart Grid context.
Simulate and valuate impact of technologies on the existing grid
Coordinate interaction between stakeholders
Allocate the mix of energy technologies for an optimal future system.
Valuate the energy that flows between the assets. Optimizing local and national markets
Coordinate interaction of assets within the operational grid in real-time
Allocate the costs and benefits of research amongst the involved stakeholders
Valuate energy services and user interaction in real markets and environments
Coordinate transaction mechanisms and long term infrastructure investments
Allocate the costs and benefits for prosumers, DSO’s, industry and society
Project 1: Interactive Map
The smart meter infrastructure on campus
provides the opportunity to visualize and model
the energy flows on campus. This creates the
ability to have an open discussion platform where
professors, companies and other interested
partners can discuss ideas about interventions in
the grid. The value of this is in the simulations
that can be performed to directly see the impact of
potential changes in the grid. This impact analysis
can help in deciding which experiment would be
useful to do in a real life environment
Project 2: Living Lab
Turning the university campus grid into a living lab will
illustrate the effectiveness of technology solutions in
interaction with each other. Implementing a democratic
local flex market based on a decentralized ledger would
create a real life operational smart grid environment. This
opens up the possibility of a wide range of flexible energy
technologies (e.g. batteries, heat storage, electric cars) to be
tested in interaction in a real-time market environment.
Testing the features of some technologies could launch new
research, create awareness about innovations and modernize
the energy use of campus.
Project 3: Long-term Scaling
As a final step before technologies can be introduced in the market, we want to investigate the
time horizon of the implementation to make sure that revenues are profitable on the long term. A
feasible transaction mechanism has to be developed that ensures reliability and transparency for
energy providers as well as distributors as well as consumers.
At the moment a challenge that lies in front of us is the development of the visualization mapping. Because we will need hardware and software parts, we need to collaborate with different kinds of actors, while the parts have to be compatible.
Also, at the moment we are working on the development of hypotheses that we want to test in the map. Another challenge will be to find a way to test our hypothesis and implement these into the model.