Modelling Intelligent Energy Systems



Integrated energy systems are the next step towards a sustainable way of generating, distributing and using energy.

The holistic design and operations of renewable, distributed energy sources of various nature with a variety of distribution and storage options and the end use bears unused optimization potential but also leads to difficult engineering questions.

The diversity of the involved technologies, the different time ranges, and multiple dynamic internal and external interlinks lead to an unprecedented complexity that can not be dealt with traditional tools and methods. One way to work with such heterogeneous systems is by means of co-simulation, where domain-specific models are coupled, using specialized solvers and tools. To do so, continuous models have to interact with discrete and behavioral ones, each of them described and solved in an own, specialized way. This presentation will show the main problems in combining such cyber-physical energy models and how to solve them.

Peter Palensky is Professor for intelligent electric power grids at TU Delft (Netherlands). Before that he was Principal Scientist for complex energy systems and Head of Business Unit "Sustainable Building Technologies" at the Austrian Institute of Technology, CTO of Envidatec Corp., Hamburg, Germany, associate Professor at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering, University Assistant at the Vienna University of Technology, Austria, and researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, California. He is active in international committees like ISO, IEEE and CEN. He carries a PhD (EE, 2001) from the Vienna University of Technology and is an IEEE senior member. His research field is complex energy systems and smart grids. In his research he models, (co-)simulates and optimizes heterogeneous cyber-physical energy systems. The areas of optimization are stability, robustness, efficiency and control of smart grids. Mr. Palensky is associate editor for various IEEE Transactions and organizes the annual Workshop on Modeling and Simulation of Cyber-Physical Energy Systems.