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Integration of sustainable Multi-Energy-hub Systems from the Building Performance perspective (IMES-BP)

The umbrella project "Integration of sustainable Multi-Energy-hub Systems at neighbourhood scale" (IMES)" will develop and provide a comprehensive simulation approach for decentralized power production which tackles at the same time technical, economic and social issues. It will establish a new methodology to evaluate decentralized power production solutions and formulate technoeconomic decision guidelines for implementation of decentralized power production integrating renewable energy sources, natural gas-based micro-cogeneration and storage (power-to-gas and batteries). These guidelines will contain recommendations on how neighbourhood-scale power productions should optimally be implemented today and in the future, which are the technical, economic and social barriers to be overtaken and where innovation is necessary to bring distributed power generation to the market.

The goal of the sub-project "IMES-BP" is to develop models and methods to determine, for a given case, the best combination of technologies and to provide a comprehensive analysis of the decentralized energy production at neighbourhood scale. This includes i) a method to assess future buildings energy consumption, ii) methods to assess the potential of integrating renewable energy carriers at both building and neighbourhood level, iii) the development of an optimization tool, which is based on the energy hub concept, to assess the performance of a combination of conversion and storage technologies to manage energy flows at building and neighbourhood level iv) and finally, the development, assessment and parametric analysis of future decentralized energy system layouts for different neighbourhood configurations, leading to the identification of the best solutions for the future. The results define the set of technologies to be selected and assembled in the energy hub concept to make the significant contribution which is needed for the Swiss energy transformation.

Project collaborator: Dr. Kristina Orehounig (lead), Dr. Akomeno Omu, Portia Murray

Project partners:
ETHZ Energy Science Center
ETHZ Automatic Control Laboratory
ETHZ Forschungsstelle Energienetze
ETHZ Institute for Environmental Decisions
ETHZ Separation Processes Laboratory
ETHZ Laboratory for Energy Conversion
ETHZ Chair of Sustainability and Technology

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