FLEXIGRID will provide models, techniques and optimisation algorithms to provide a smart VTES-coupled heating solution combining optimally TES and P2H technologies. Dynamic building thermal inertia models will be configured to reflect the thermal behaviour of buildings under varying usage constraints (e.g. operations, occupancy) and building envelope characteristics. These will be further associated with the respective device’ s operation (i.e. heat pumps) to enable the optimal TES and P2H coordination towards estimating the amount of context-aware flexibility that can be offered by specific heating/cooling loads. In addition, comprehensive parametric models of thermal storage equipment, e.g., water heaters including their thermal properties (e.g., capacity, “discharge rate”) and electrical response characteristics (e.g. response time, rated and actual power/energy consumption, ramp up/down times) will be developed to define their thermal storage capacity and flexibility considering daily schedules and preferences.
Introducing real intelligence in the building TES-P2H coordination providing an adaptive VTES module applying to various types of buildings and respective equipment (independent of their size, use and construction characteristics).
Demonstration #3, Croatia (Buildings data of the Zagreb urban district grid provided).