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IQ Dortmund

Concept design of an integrated heating network enabling cross-sector energy supply in Dortmund

The aim of the project is to optimize the overall district heating supply system in Dortmund. A conceptual design is proposed in order to link the heating system with the electricity grid and the mobility sector. The goal is to enhance the potential flexibility from each sector to optimize the overall energy supply framework thereby reducing operational costs and CO2 emissions.

Setup overview of sector coupling (power and heat) on several clusters © ie³

Main tasks of the project are therefore the conception, simulation and optimization of a complex network including the heating system and the electricity infrastructure.

A Combined Heat and Power (CHP) -based charging infrastructure for electric vehicles (EVs) will be considered to enables the interconnection of the energy framework with the mobility sector. For the state-based grid operation, an intelligent measurement system will be installed into selected pilot districts in Dortmund City. The system will allow for flexibility management for both heating and electricity grid. Furthermore, the integration of renewable energies such as photovoltaic systems into the heat grid will also be taken into account.

The task of the ie³ Institute of the TU Dortmund University in this project is to design and perform laboratory tests to validate and improve management strategies to enhance cross-sector energy supply in smart distribution grids. A suitable testbed will be implemented at the Smart Grid Technology Lab of the ie3 Institute. The laboratory is equipped with a real-time simulation system together with a full scale test grid including several hardware components such us PV systems, EV-charging stations and storage systems. The interaction of the heating systems with the electricity grid will be emulated by means of advanced hardware-in-the-loop tests.

Project Partners: GWI, DEW21, e.f.Ruhr

Project Duration: 01.09.2019 - 30.04.2022

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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.

The facilities of TU Dort­mund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the uni­ver­si­ty are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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