Flexibility Provision from Distributed Multi-Energy Systems

Presented by: Pierluigi Mancarella

Multi-Energy Systems (MES), in which multiple energy carriers are integrated and optimally operated, are key assets to enable low-carbon energy systems. Multi-carrier integration of distributed energy resources via different energy networks generates the so-called distributed MES (DMES). This webinar presents foundational concepts to characterize, model, optimise, and visualise the flexibility that could be provided to the electricity grid by DMES, including the role of integrated energy networks (e.g., electricity, heat and gas) in enabling or constraining power system flexibility. Several examples will be presented with illustrative case studies on current and future DMES practical applications, including technologies and concepts such as: combined heat and power (CHP); combined cooling, heat, and power (CCHP); electric heat pumps, electric boilers, and hybrid (electricity-gas) boilers and heat pumps; power-to-hydrogen and power-to-gas; integrated electricity-hydrogen virtual power plants; power-to-heat; building-to-grid flexibility; virtual energy storage; community energy systems; etc.

Part 1:General Aspects

  • Motivation to study multi-energy system (MES) flexibility
  • Distributed multi-energy systems (DMES)  
  • MES flexibility definitions and modelling aspects
  • MES flexibility features and canonical examples
  • MES flexibility maps
  • Role of multi-energy networks in flexibility assessment

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Part 2: Applications

  • Building-to-grid flexibility
  • Flexibility from community energy systems
  • Flexibility from multi-energy virtual power plants
  • Flexibility from power-to-gas
  • Grid services and techno-economic considerations
  • Planning for flexibility

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Electrical and energy system engineers and researchers; aggregators and energy service providers; electricity and heat distribution network operators; energy managers

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Pierluigi Mancarella


Pierluigi Mancarella (M’08–SM’14) received the MSc and PhD degrees in electrical energy systems from the Politecnico di Torino, Italy, in 2002 and 2006, respectively. He is currently Chair Professor of Electrical Power Systems at The University of Melbourne, Australia, and Professor of Smart Energy Systems at The University of Manchester, UK. His research interests include multi-carrier energy systems, grid integration of renewables, energy infrastructure planning under uncertainty, and reliability and resilience assessment of low-carbon networks. Pierluigi is an IEEE Power and Energy Society Distinguished Lecturer, an Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Power Systems and of the IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid, an Associate Editor of the IEEE Systems Journal, and the convenor of the Cigre working group C6/C2.34 “Flexibility provision from distributed energy resources.

Tags & Topics for This Webinar:

Energy systems integration; Multi-carrier energy systems; Distributed energy resources; Flexibility; virtual storage; Demand response; grid services; Energy hub; Multi-energy arbitrage; Multi-energy node; Power node; Power-to-gas; Hydrogen; gas networks; Power-to-heat; Building-to-grid; Heat networks; Community energy systems; District energy systems.


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