Special Issue "Planning, Simulation, Optimization and Operation of District Heating and Cooling Systems"
A special issue of Resources (ISSN 2079-9276).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2021).
Our current energy demand stems approximately 50% from our demand for heating and cooling. The achievement of mid- and long-term international and national climate goals is consequently only possible if we find sustainable solutions for this demand. District heating and cooling (DHC) systems are considered highly suitable solutions to address this challenge, as these systems allow us to a) integrate renewable heat sources and thermal storages and b) provide flexible and cost-effective services through application of, e.g., advanced data analysis, demand side management and other systemic interventions. Nevertheless, growing scale, integration of more technical components and increased interaction between them in combination with systen-wide approaches such as advanced monitoring and control schemes lead to an increase in complexity during planning, design, and later operation. Thus, sophicticated and refined tools and methods are necessary for, e.g., simulation and optimization during conceptualization, implementation, and operation, as well as system-wide and holistic approaches during all steps, not only on technical aspects, but also on transdisciplinary aspects.
In this Special Issue, we invite papers that provide new insights and experiences as well as highlight new possibilities in planning, simulation, optimization, and actual operation of sustainable and cost-effective DHC systems. We look forward receiving papers that address one or more of the following issues:
- (Spatial) planning methods and approaches (including non-technical aspects) for district heating and cooling concept development, extension, and transformation to 100% renewable-based systems;
- New perspectives on modeling, simulation, and (techno-economic) optimization of DHC systems and its technical components;
- DHC systems as an energy hub and part of a smart sector integration;
- Development of novel monitoring and control methods for DHC systems and application of advanced data analysis methods.
Dr. Ingo Leusbrock
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- district heating
- district cooling
- sustainable energy
- modelling, simulation and optimization
- monitoring and control
- (spatial) planning
- data analysis