Racing to achieve global climate protection goals by 2050, the energy sector has witnessed a colossal transformation. The increasing integration of renewable energy resources to reduce carbon footprint of conventional fossil fuels promises to fulfil environment goals but also introduces uncertainty into electrical power systems. The intermittent nature of renewable sources encourage inclusion of energy storage systems as an essential part of the network, which further complicates the underlying mechanics of power system operation and control. In addition to this, various flexibility measures, rising investments in controllable loads such as electric vehicles, heat to power technologies lead to a surge of participants that have an impact on the daily functioning of the power grid. Moreover, the decentralized nature of such assets distributes authority between consumers and grid operators thus posing challenges in control coordination arising due to conflict of interests.
The goal of this project is to bring together all such participating actors into one simulation environment in order to analyse their interaction and measure coherence in such coordination. The main focus is to incorporate relevant social aspects related to each sector and how human behaviour dictates prosumer interaction within the system. Furthermore, roles played by governance instruments such as regulations and incentives to drive investment decisions are also taken into account. An optimal interaction between all the players utilizing provided flexibility and maintaining security of power supply with minimum costs and emissions is intended. It is very important to consider social acceptance of desired scenarios. To tackle problems related to the decentralized nature of such a system, an agent based solution has been proposed. In the scope of this project, every physical asset can be represented as agents and each contributing sector as multi-agent systems with individual goals. All these systems are then integrated with a co-simulation platform MOSAIK to further communication between the same. This setup is best explained visually:
Project duration: 12/2019 - 12/2022
Institut für Energiesysteme, Energieeffizienz und Energiewirtschaft (ie3), TU Dortmund Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Rehtanz | Techniksoziologie, TU Dortmund, Prof. Dr. Johannes Weyer | Human-Environment Relations in Urban Systems (HERUS), EPFL Lausanne, Prof. Dr. Claudia R. Binder | Institut für qualifizierende Innovationsforschung & -beratung (IQIB), Dr. Bert Droste-Franke | Institut für Automatisierungstechnik (IAT), Universität Bremen, Prof. Dr.-Ing. J | Energieinformatik, Universität Oldenburg, Prof. Dr. Sebastian Lehnhoff
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Location & approach
The campus of TU Dortmund University is located close to interstate junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dortmund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dortmund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dortmund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the university are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dortmund.
To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.
TU Dortmund University has its own train station ("Dortmund Universität"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dortmund main station ("Dortmund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The university is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.
You can also take the bus or subway train from Dortmund city to the university: From Dortmund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dortmund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dortmund main station to the stop "Dortmund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dortmund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dortmund Universität S".
The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.
The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dortmund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dortmund Universität S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the university directly with the city of Dortmund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.