The Energy Systems Department at EMD often participates in public funded research and capacity building projects. Below you can see a list of the completed and ongoing projects where energyPRO has been/is being used for advanced energy system analysis or for further development of the software.

Ongoing Projects

The energy system analysis tool energyPRO will in the C3U project be further developed to simulate fuel factories, converting wind energy to liquid fuels for transportation, and delivering surplus heat from the processes to a district heating grid.

The objective of this project is to develop a highly innovative concept that offers multimegawatt balancing power to the grid through cost efficient cryogenic carbon capture (CCC) technology coupled with biomass fired processes. Further processing of the captured carbon dioxide to high value transportation fuels with hydrogen from water electrolysis will provide long term energy storage and secure green fuels for heavy duty vehicles.

RE-INVEST aims is to design robust and cost-effective investment strategies that will facilitate an efficient transformation towards a sustainable or 100% renewable energy system in Denmark and Europe. RE-INVEST is a four-year research project that gathers 17 partners from universities and key energy players in a unique approach to the transition as a complete redesign of the whole energy system, utilizing the synergies between heat, electricity and transport. RE-INVEST addresses how to overcome silo-thinking that characterizes traditional energy sectors, by using a two dimensional interconnectivity approach as well as existing and new energy infrastructures.

The aim of the project Power2Hydrogen is to demonstrate answers to two of the energy sector’s major challenges in the transition to 100 percent renewable energy: The need to balance the electrical grid due to an increasing integration of electricity from fluctuating energy sources such as wind and solar, and the challenge of producing transportation fuels that can satisfy both the need for driving comfort and sustainability as well as being competitive from an economic point of view.

In Power2Hydrogen work package 3 the energyPRO energy systems analysis tool is further developed with facilities to simulate hydrogen production plants participating in both wholesale markets and in the balancing markets. The final report can be seen here.

The purpose of the collaboration is to establish a research centre for the coherent development of 4th Generation District Heating Technologies and Systems in which synergy is created between the development of grids and components, house installations, district heating production and system integration, as well as planning and implementation tools and methodologies.
The overall idea is to further the understanding of the role of district heating in the design of future national energy systems seen in the light of the Danish objective of being fossil fuel-free by 2050 as well as the European 2020 goals.
A further perspective of the centre is to facilitate the development of additional national and international research projects as well as demonstration projects.

CITIES – Center for IT based intelligent energy systems in cities
A wide range of research activities have arisen to support the Danish target of a 100% renewable energy system by 2050. Projects focused on individual aspects of the energy system, such as zero emissions buildings or intelligent power systems provide valuable insight, that facilitates flexibility throughout the energy system. CITIES will address this deficiency by establishing an integrated research centre covering all aspects of the energy system, including gas, power, district heating/cooling and biomass, and most importantly methods to forecast, control and optimize their interactions through the use of advanced ICT solutions.

Completed Projects

The “Novel E-MObility Grid Model NEMO” project, part of the ERA-NET Plus programme electromobility+, aims on managing the power grid within the key dimension “strategic research on technical dimensions of the recharging, storage and distribution systems”. The project lasts from May 2012 to April 2015.

2014. The EU project stoRE aims to facilitate the realization of the ambitious objectives for renewable energy by unblocking the potential for energy storage infrastructure. Energy storage, as part of an integrated approach including grid reinforcement and demand management helps accommodate higher percentages of intermittent renewable energy by balancing the supply and demand and improving the power quality.

Proactive participation of wind in the electricity markets
2014. This project demonstrate that wind turbines themselves may deliver an important part of the balancing tasks needed, thus reducing high imbalance prices and promoting the development of wind energy in Europe.

Establishing a network for delivering balancing power
The project aims to analyze and demonstrate how distributed cogeneration plants – also including heat pumps – can contribute to improved flexibility for the energy system and contribute to improved earnings for the distributed cogeneration plants.

Market optimization of all CHP-plants in a selected municipality
The project analyses how a number of district heating plants with cogeneration and electric consumption can be optimized when participating in actual electricity markets. The case is the Danish rural municipality “Ringkøbing-Skjern”.

RegModHarz (Regenerative model region of Harz)
EMD International A/S is subcontractor in the RegModHarz-project. In this project the operation of the renewable energy sources in the Harz region is optimized. The Harz model region boasts extensive sources of renewable energy, ranging from wind farms and solar power systems to hydroelectric power stations.

Activation of incineration CHP-plants in the regulating power market
2011. The project analyses the options for waste incinerating cogeneration plants to participate in the Danish regulating power markets.

MASSIG – Market access for smaller size intelligent electricity generation
2008-2010. In the EU-project MASSIG the challenge was to show that even small plants gets more independent from subsidies or grants when they through aggregation participate in the “big energy markets”.

DESIRE – Dissemination strategy on electricity balancing for large-scale integration of renewable energy
2005-2007. The DESIRE project developed methods and disseminated practices for the integration of renewable electricity. Combined Heat and Power (CHP) can work together with wind power to produce a balanced and more predictable supply of electricity.