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A Power-Based Model of a Heating Station for District Heating (DH) System Applications

Abdulrahman Dahash
Fraunhofer-Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Heidenhofstraße 2, 79110 Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

Annette Steingrube
Fraunhofer-Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Heidenhofstraße 2, 79110 Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

Mehmet Elci
Fraunhofer-Institute for Solar Energy Systems, Heidenhofstraße 2, 79110 Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

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Published in: Proceedings of the 12th International Modelica Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, May 15-17, 2017

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 132:47, p. 415-424

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Published: 2017-07-04

ISBN: 978-91-7685-575-1

ISSN: 1650-3686 (print), 1650-3740 (online)


District Heating (DH) systems are often seen as a good practical approach to meet the local heat demand of the districts due to its ability to provide affordable and low carbon energy to the consumers. Yet, under today’s regulations to renovate the buildings into more energy-efficient ones, the local heat demand is decreasing. Therefore, the operation of DH systems is also affected by the changing heat demand profile, which might lead to less profits for the operators of DH systems. Thus, the operators of DH systems strive for an optimal operation at which the heat demand is met and the profits are maximized. Due to the fact that these systems are complex-physical systems, therefore it is difficult to conduct any experimental investigation on them in order to examine the optimal operation. Accordingly, it is crucial to create fundamental models to investigate the optimal operation of such systems. In this paper, a power-based model is built to represent the heating station as part of a DH system. Then, the model is validated using real data from an existing heating station in Freiburg, Germany. The validation results reveal that the goodness-of-fit for the model is held to be good enough to test it for operational optimization cases.


Modelica, Dymola, Dynamic Modeling, Heating Station, District Heating System, Power-Based Model, Optimization


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