Flexible Urban Energy - Platform for Flexibility Sharing at a Local Urban Energy Level


Project Description

The Dutch energy landscape is undergoing significant changes. A growing share of renewable power generation, electrification of vehicles of any kind, the deployment of advanced buildings controlling their energy-efficiency, and the integration of energy storage systems are examples of how the energy transition can benefit from technological advances. For electrical power systems, this also yields decentralisation of an otherwise more or less centrally governed instantaneous power balance. This decentralisation, conversely, also implies more complex and unpredictable system behaviour, which urges metropolitan areas to rethink on how to participate on various levels (e.g., policy, energy market, technological) and operate their energy systems in a circular fashion.

This project revolves around electricity market integration of consumers, prosumers, energy flexibility carriers, storage, and smart buildings at urban level. The aim is to build a platform that allows these parties to offer their services and associated flexibility through a front-end, and subsequently checks through a dedicated back-end the electrotechnical implications and eventual violations of physical boundaries at various levels (e.g., electricity cable overloading and overvoltages, frequency stability). The functional mock-up interface specification plays a key role in this platform, allowing on one hand partners to retain their privacy, and on the other hand the application of available component models, market models, and simulation libraries through co-simulation.

Ultimately the platform will foster the integration of the market layer of the power system with the technological/physical layer. This will be shown by 2 concrete examples relevant to the Amsterdam metropolitan area.


Project Team:

A. van der Meer

Arjen van der Meer was born on July 4th, 1982 in Dokkum, the Netherlands. He started his study Electrical Engineering at the Leeuwarden University of Applied Sciences (NHL) in 2002. During his B.Sc., he ran an internship at the Physics Shop of the University of Groningen where he investigated the noise generation of onshore wind turbines. He conducted his graduation project at Essent Netwerk Noord, Zwolle, where he was responsible for the development of a substation switching simulator for training purposes. After obtaining his B.Sc. degree in 2006 he joined Delft University of Technology for a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering. In 2007, he conducted an internship at Enexis, Zwolle, where he assessed directional relay protection schemes for ungrounded medium voltage networks. In 2008, he obtained his M.Sc.  degree (cum laude) with a thesis on power hardware-in-the-loop based directional relay co-ordination. In October 2008, he started his Ph.D. at the power systems group (now IEPG) of the Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, and Computer Science faculty of TU Delft. His main research topic comprised the modelling and stability impacts of VSC-HVDC connected offshore wind power. During his research, he temporarily stayed at TenneT TSO B.V., Arnhem for developing a dynamic VSC-HVDC model for \PSSE\ . In 2015 he continued at Delft university of Technology as a researcher: on the COBRAcable research project in 2015 and on the ERIGrid smart grid project from 2016 onwards. From of January 2018, he is also affiliated with the AMS institute as a postdoctoral research fellow. His research interests are power system modelling, simulation, and control, renewable energy resources, power electronics, power system protection, and the roll-out of smart grids.

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