This PhD research is part of the TROEF project (‘Transparant Reduceren van CO2 en Optimaliseren van energie in een Ecosysteem van Flexibiliteit’). The goal of the TROEF project is to develop a novel layered energy-ecosystem, including the required systems, tools and business models, in order to optimize the energy exchange between buildings in local energy communities and to minimize CO2 emissions.
The goal of this PhD research is to develop a virtual test environment that can be used to investigate and optimize the performance of buildings in a local energy community. The test environment will be used to assess the potential (value) of a local energy community and the potential of coupling multiple local energy communities. Moreover, it will be used to develop and optimize new operational strategies for local energy communities on building level, community level and on the level of coupled communities.
The virtual test environment is envisioned to follow a bottom-up modeling approach, i.e., invidual buildings are modeled including their energy systems and energy flexibility sources. The influence of occupant behavior on building level and community level will be taken into account in the models. The test environment will be based on a co-simulation approach between the developed building energy models and electricity grid models.
The complex interactions between buildings that exchange/share electricity at community level requires new modeling methodologies, in which it is crucial to understand the appropriate modeling complexity on building level, building energy system level and community level.
The research will be embedded in the Building Performance (BP) research group of the Department of the Built Environment (https://www.tue.nl/en/research/research-groups/building-physics-and-services/building-performance/). This research project will be executed in close collaboration with the Department of Electrical Engineering. A PhD candidate at Electrical Engineering will start in parallel with this project.
As mentioned above, this PhD research is part of the TROEF project with multiple partners from industry and academia. You will actively participate with these partners throughout the project.
We are looking for excellent and highly motivated candidates with an MSc degree in Architectural Engineering, Building Science, Building, Civil, Mechanical or Environmental Engineering, or equivalent. Interest in physical processes (heat, air and moisture transfer) in the built environment, sustainable energy technologies and experience in computational building performance simulation is essential.
We offer a stimulating and ambitious research environment. To complement this environment and for the specific projects mentioned above, we are looking for outstanding candidates that meet the following requirements:
Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more? Please contact
dr. ir. Pieter-Jan Hoes, p.hoes[at]tue.nl.
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