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Reference number: D175/2018, Mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, information technologie, process engineering

Master Thesis: Development of a control algorithm for a low temperature district heating network with high share of waste heat

IEK-10 focuses on the development of models and algorithms for simulation and optimization of decentralized, integrated energy systems. Such systems are characterized by high spatial and temporal variability of energy supply and demand as well as by a high degree of interdependence of material and energy flows.

Research at IEK-10 aims to provide scalable and real-time capable methods and tools which enable the energy-optimal, cost-efficient and safe design and operation of future energy systems.

Your task
In context of the Living Lab Energy Campus project at Forschungszentrum Juelich, a usage of waste heat of high-performance computing systems is planned. A low temperature district heating network is developed which distributes waste heat to surrounding buildings. For optimizing the usage of waste heat a control algorithm is necessary, that optimizes the energy distribution in the network and load scheduling of connected Building Energy Systems.

In this work a control algorithm for a low temperature district heating network is drafted. The control algorithm is implemented and demonstrated in a simulation model. Simulation and evaluation are conducted using existing packages and libraries for Modelica and Python.

Milestones of this work are:

  1. Comparison of possible control strategies
  2. Definition of measurement and control values
  3. Implementation into simulation environment
  4. Evaluation of control strategies

Your Profile

  • Student with field of study mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, information technologie, process engineering, or a relevant discipline
  • Interested in control optimization
  • Expertise in Python, and Modelica is highly welcome

Our offer

  • A highly motivated research group in one of the biggest research centers in Europe
  • An excellent scientific and technical infrastructure
  • A young institute, with a clear focus on modelling and optimization of energy systems

Contact Partner
Dominik Hering
Institute of Energy and Climate Research IEK-10
Energy Systems Engineering
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
52425 Jülich