Assessment of the contribution of electric heating and cooling technologies for the smoothing of the power sector load
External reference persons Ing. Matteo Nicoli
Research Groups MAHTEP
Thesis type RESEARCH, INNOVATIVE
Description The decarbonization of energy mix in buildings sector is strongly dependent on the development of carbon free technologies for space and water heating, which represent a relevant part of the energy consumption and are currently based mainly on fossil fuels utilization. A possible alternative to traditional natural gas boilers consists of the penetration of heat pumps to produce hot water, consuming electricity to satisfy heating demands. However, an uncontrolled increase of the electricity demand from buildings (simultaneously with a possible similar increase from the transport sector, due to the penetration of electric vehicles) could be detrimental to the sustainability of the energy system. In this perspective, the adoption of demand management solutions to partially adapt the electricity demand to the supply can be crucial. While the most widely used energy system optimization models do not currently consider these aspects, they are fundamental for the assessment of the impact of new energy strategies for the development of the future energy system. The thesis work aims, firstly, to review the buildings sector technology modeling in TIMES-Italy and TEMOA-Italy models. Secondly, to study modeling strategies to include demand management options into already existent model instances and to study the impact on the optimal energy and technology mixes of adopting these strategies.
Required skills Attendance of the course "Models and scenarios for energy planning".
Deadline 30/09/2023 PROPONI LA TUA CANDIDATURA