Across the world, the intelligent energy systems (coupling major energy sectors like electricity, thermal and transportation) are considered as a key solution to promote clean energy, improve efficiency and costs. This is very relevant to transform the system planning and energy strategies for environmental friendly and sustainable future. However, there are not many smart energy installations or real-time systems to justify its worth, develop necessary standards and experience the real challenges that it could address.
In order to realize the energy balance and economic benefits in a system with high penetration of renewables, increasing demand, flexible loads, increased transmission capacity, international trading and new actors, a close synergy between electricity, thermal and transportation sectors is foreseeable.
Two main key aspects of such intelligent energy systems are the ICT component and the energy networks and systems itself. The research and development activities in this area need to account for actual control and communication layers upon a realistic model of the energy networks and systems.
The vision of Smart Energy Systems Laboratory is to capture these key components and domains from energy markets down to individual smart assets in a Real-Time Hardware-In-the-Loop framework.
Further information about the laboratory may be found here: Smart Energy Systems Laboratory.