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Can artificial intelligence (AI) create every-day value in district heating and cooling networks?

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This presentation was used on 26 Sep 2019 during the online course in the BACS Academy. It sheds light on smart thermal networks. Learn about cutting-edge smart controllers for district heating and cooling networks, developed by EU-funded projects STORM and TEMPO and based on state-of-the-art research on AI. Speakers are Dirk Vanhoudth (VITO/Energyville) and Christian Johansson (NODA Intelligent Systems). This slide deck was used during the online course in the BACS Academy on 26 Sep 2019. Recordings are available here: https://youtu.be/FUFtkryqE7M

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Can artificial intelligence (AI) create every-day value in district heating and cooling networks?

  1. 1. Contact Tying the knot with AI How to create every-day value in district heating using artificial intelligence
  2. 2. 2019-10-03 ©2019 VITO / NODA Intelligent Systems 2 • HQ in Karlshamn, Sweden. Offices in Malmö and London. Partners in Belgium, Germany and Poland • Grid operators, building owners and automation companies as customers in Sweden, Poland, Benelux, UK and Germany • Innovation focus on artificial intelligence and data science for energy system applications • Founded in 2005 NODA – company info
  3. 3. VITO – company info • VITO, part of EnergyVille, is an applied, independent research institute, offering, amongst others, technology for the transition to the next generation of district heating and cooling networks • The innovation focus includes energy conversion technologies, thermal networks and thermal storage • EnergyVille includes VITO, KU Leuven, IMEC and Hasselt University
  4. 4. ©2019 VITO / NODA Intelligent Systems 4 • The drivers of digitalization • Digitalisation in energy • Digitalisation in district heating and cooling (DHC) • Smart thermal networks in practice Agenda
  5. 5. ©2019 VITO / NODA Intelligent Systems 5 The drivers of digitalisation
  6. 6. ©2019 VITO / NODA Intelligent Systems 6 The drivers of digitalisation
  7. 7. ©2019 VITO / NODA Intelligent Systems 7 The drivers of digitalisation
  8. 8. ©2019 VITO / NODA Intelligent Systems 8 The drivers of digitalisation
  9. 9. ©2019 VITO / NODA Intelligent Systems 9 The drivers of digitalisation
  10. 10. ©2019 VITO / NODA Intelligent Systems 10 Digitalisation in energy - present
  11. 11. ©2019 VITO / NODA Intelligent Systems 11 Digitalisation in energy - future
  12. 12. ©2019 VITO / NODA Intelligent Systems 12 Digitalisation in DHC what makes a heat network a digital heat network? No univocal definition yet… …but some criteria: • Large number of sensors present in the network • Automated recording, transfer and storage of data • Automated analyses of data • The analyses are used: • Not only automated billing • But to optimize the network operation
  13. 13. ©2019 VITO / NODA Intelligent Systems 13 Digitalisation in DHC what makes a heat network a digital heat network? No univocal definition yet… …but some criteria: • Large number of sensors present in the network • Automated recording, transfer and storage of data • Automated analyses of data • The analyses are used: • Not only automated billing • But to optimize the network operation Source: Lund H. Werner S. et al. 4th Generation District Heating (4GDH) Integrating smart thermal grids into future sustainable energy systems. Energy 68 (2014) 1-11
  14. 14. ©2019 VITO / NODA Intelligent Systems 14 Foundation for innovation STORM – https://www.storm-dhc.eu/ TEMPO – http://tempo-dhc.eu/
  15. 15. ©2019 VITO / NODA Intelligent Systems 15 System overview
  16. 16. ©2019 VITO / NODA Intelligent Systems 16 Forecaster Creates forecasts of heat demand and available thermal flexibility Planner Creates control plans based on current forecasts and system constraints Tracker Distribute control actions among the connected buildings Building Software agent for each individual building or other flexibility source within the Smart Heat Grid NODA API Secure access to data and functionality, e.g. for SCADA’s, mobile apps or customised system components´ NODA Access Processes and tools to integrate buildings and other external resources EnergyView Web-based user interface for the Smart Heat Grid System overview
  17. 17. ©2019 VITO / NODA Intelligent Systems 17
  18. 18. ©2019 VITO / NODA Intelligent Systems 18
  19. 19. ©2019 VITO / NODA Intelligent Systems 19
  20. 20. ©2019 VITO / NODA Intelligent Systems 20
  21. 21. ©2019 VITO / NODA Intelligent Systems 21
  22. 22. ©2019 VITO / NODA Intelligent Systems 22 Information Data Knowledge
  23. 23. ©2019 VITO / NODA Intelligent Systems 23
  24. 24. ©2019 VITO / NODA Intelligent Systems 24 District heating and cooling is the backbone of the smart city and a cornerstone of the future sustainable energy system
  25. 25. ContactIntelligent energy services Dr. Christian Johansson, CTO • scrabble.jpg dirk.vanhoudt@vito.be christian.johansson@noda.se

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