Conference Papers

A Simulation Tool That Facilitates the Planning and the Development of Micro Smart Grids

AuthorMarco L├╝tzenberger, Sahin Albayrak
SourceProceedings of the 2015 Winter Simulation Conference (WSC 2015), Huntington Beach, CA, USA. pp. 3210-3211 
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In this poster we present a simulation tool that aims to help decision-makers to set up Micro Smart Grids. Micro Smart Grids are novel infrastructures that are located in the middle of major cities and comprise office and living buildings. The most distinguishing characteristic of Micro Smart Grids, however, is their capability to produce their own electric energy. Energy production is done by PV systems, wind turbines, or combined heat and power plant, to name but a few. To buffer surpluses of energy Micro Smart Grids use stationary batteries or V2G capable electric vehicles. In order to help decision-makers to find the right mix of devices we developed a simulation tool, which is able to simulate fictitious Micro Smart Grid configurations and to analyse the simulation results with regard to different criteria, e.g., its CO2 fingerprint, its capability to utilize renewable energy, costs, its economic efficiency, etc.