The RESILIENT Final Event aimed to present to a wide audience involving different stakeholders the mai ...
The project strategy relies on a comprehensive R&D and demonstration approach. The proposed integrated concept will be first modeled and simulated for different typologies of buildings and different climates and then installed, monitored and evaluated in three pilot projects (including residential and non residential buildings) in the UK, Belgium and Italy. These demonstrators will be used to assess the energy and environmental benefits of the new integrated concept and also to validate models and technologies in order for the concept to be easily replicable throughout different climatic areas.
The major impact from RESILIENT will be the development of a complete value chain where the annual primary energy demand of buildings collated at a district level is decreased by at least 20% compared to their expected energy performance summed on an individual building basis, this energy gain being associated with a decrease of more than 20% of the CO2 emission reference level.
To improve the integration of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) in the grid, several concepts have been developed:
Virtual Power Plant (VPP). VPP is a cluster of distributed energy generation installations (such as CHP, wind-turbines, small hydro, etc.) which are collectively run by a central control system over an information network (managed by ICT). To balance the weather-dependent power production, flexible loads (FL) and storage capabilities are added. Therefore, the group of DER is comparable to a power plant connected to the transmission grid. Participation in the energy market is then facilitated. Interaction of different energy carriers is only rarely considered.
Microgrid. A microgrid is a cluster of DER and loads operating as a single, autonomous grid either in parallel to or "islanded" from the existing utility power grid. In the most common configuration, DER are tied together on their own feeder, which is then linked to the grid at a single point of common coupling. More than 160 microgrid projects are currently active around the world, with power generation capacity totalling more than 1.2 GW. For reasons of reliability microgrids should be implemented in a small local area.
Energy Hub. An energy hub is a unit where multiple energy carriers can be converted, conditioned, and stored. It represents an interface between different energy infrastructures and/or loads. Energy hubs consume power at their input ports connected to, e.g., electricity and natural gas infrastructures, and provide certain required energy services such as electricity, heating, cooling, and compressed air at the output ports. Within the hub, energy is converted and conditioned using, e.g., CHP technology, transformers, power-electronic devices, compressors, heat exchangers, and other equipment. This concept is quite new and there are very few ongoing projects.
On December 22, 2015, Prof. Alberto Traverso has been invited to present the latest news on world ener ...
In September 2015, the construction of 42 dwellings composed of 4 houses and 38 apartments started at ...
28 homes extract heat from a single installation, and there are more to follow.