KU Leuven

Promotor / Supervisor

Prof. dr. ir. William D'haeseleer

Samenvatting van het onderzoek / Summary of Research

The liberalization of the electricity markets as well as the growing environmental concerns have triggered the widespread use of distributed generation technologies, especially renewable energy sources (RES) and cogeneration (CHP). Nevertheless, the intermittency of some of these generators yields an important challenge to the electric grid operator. This work assesses the role that CHP can play in increasing the flexibility of the system and the profits of the virtual power plant operator.

The results show that the economic benefits of exploiting the flexibility of cogeneration units largely depend on the type of CHP, the kind of building, the information available and the seasonal variation.

Furthermore, it was demonstrated that cogeneration systems can provide real-time services to the electricity grid and that, in the investigated case studies, these new market opportunities result in moderate economic benefits.

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Examencommissie / Board of examiners

  •   Prof. dr. ir. William D'haeseleer (promotor)
  •   Prof. dr. ir. Hugo Hens (voorzitter/chairman)
  •   Prof. dr. ir. Erik Delarue (secretaris/secretary)
  •   Prof. dr. ir. Geert Deconinck
  •   Prof. dr. ir. Ronnie Belmans
  •   Prof. dr. ir. Lieve Helsen
  •   Prof. dr. Maurizio Sasso , University of Sannio at Benevento