Interactions modeling between buildings and with grids in a district

Research Front 3
Participants: PACTE (Leader Gilles Debizet), GAEL, G2ELAB, CEA LITEN, LOCIE, LNCMI
The district space offers a broad range of theoretical combinations for self-consumption. However, many possibilities are impaired in practical applications: the first obstacles are physical laws; other obstacles are caused by regulations (e.g. electricity selling kept to several accredited companies), habits (e.g. professional compartmentalization), and technologies that could change in the future. On the other hand, factors such as economics, autonomy desire or environmental empathy favour new practices and innovative organizations.
Modelling the interactions between buildings and grids is the main objective of RF3. Like the ADEME funded NEXUS research, RF3 hypothesizes that the assemblage of infrastructures (as material and as human entity) shape the whole urban energy system. Innovations of Presqu’île Ecocité and of several European urban projects will be analysed in order to sharply understand and modelling key interactions between buildings and grids relative to energy.

Addressed topics are:

  • Characterization of energy flows between buildings in local electricity and heat grids
  • Panorama of multi-carriers and/or multi-actors optimization methods (with Research Front 4)
  • Economic, sociological and “democratic” models of collective auto-consumption beyond buildings (with Research Front 2 and Research Front 4)
  • Automatic creation of simplified models of heat consumption

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Published on May 4, 2017