Research project description
District heating systems need to be further developed to decrease grid losses and exploit synergies, thereby increasing the efficiencies of production units. Moreover, district heating networks are becoming more complex due to, e.g., the variety of renewable generation systems and/or user demand profiles, lower distribution temperatures, the integration of heat storage for peak shaving, the usage of the network for both heating and cooling, and so forth. These next-generation networks (4GDH and 5GDH) are therefore much more difficult to design and, once in the ground, much more difficult to control compared to the conventional networks (3GDH). Therefore, the following project goals are defined.
The main objective of this project is to develop (fit-for-purpose) modeling methods for the design and control of 5GDH networks.
This position and research project are made possible by the BEHeaT program initiated by the Eindhoven Institute for Renewable Energy Systems (EIRES). EIRES facilitates the collaborative development and swift deployment of new technologies and devices by bringing together TU/e researchers working on materials, systems, and processes for energy storage and conversion.
EIRES consists of collaborating research groups within TUe. These include over 140 researchers and more than 450 PhDs. EIRES brings these researchers together and creates new network connections between researchers and industry.
Within the focus area of energy transition in the built environment, a large-scale research program was recently launched. This program, BEHeaT, stands for Built Environment Heat Transition. The program is funded with TUe's own resources as well as contributions from industry. The research program has a pragmatic approach.
Within the BEHeaT program, research is conducted into the (further) development of various (new) materials, components and/or systems in relation to intelligent buildings, heat storage, heat networks and/or electricity grids. The focus is not only on physical materials, components and systems, but also on dynamic (predictive) models. We believe that in order to have impact, any research must take systems integration as its starting point. In addition, we believe that technology does not stand alone and should always be seen in relation to the (end) user. In this way, the impact of research results is increased.
Eindhoven University of Technology is an internationally top-ranking university in the Netherlands that combines scientific curiosity with a hands-on attitude. Our spirit of collaboration translates into an open culture and a top-five position in collaborating with advanced industries. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow.
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