Researchers showcased their work at...

On Tuesday, November 16, 2021, researchers working on the project Active NeIghborhoods energy Markets pArTicipatION (ANIMATION) held a hybrid (live and virtual) dissemination event at FER with the aim to inform the public about the scope of the project and demonstrate how implementing household demand response will activate households.

The project leader, Hrvoje Pandzic, PhD, welcomed the the audience which was comprised of academics, researchers, industry experts, and other stakeholders who not only attended the live event but also joined the event remotely from various countries including India and Australia. In his introduction, prof. Pandžić showed the first set of laboratory equipment which was recently installed in the newly established Demand Response Lab, located within the Department of Energy and Power Systems. Once the equipment is connected to a household hub and interface, the laboratory will represent an active household whose electricity consumption will be managed in order to respond to signals from an aggregator or a power system operator. 

Since the project funded by the Croatian Science Foundation has been underway for almost two years, the researchers were able to showcase the results of their work thus far. Nikolina Čović demonstrated a model for thermally controllable loads which takes into account user preferences and comfort. Ivan Pavić, PhD, presented his analysis of various operating regimes of an active commercial energy consumer with an integrated battery and rooftop PV, while his colleagues Hrvoje Bašić and Vedran Bobanac, PhD, presented a detailed charging model for lithium-ion batteries based on laboratory measurements. In her presentation, Marija Miletić explored what could motivate consumers to switch to a dynamic electricity pricing tariff and which incentives could encourage suppliers to offer attractive pricing models for their consumers.

Our new researcher who joined the project team this Fall, Dr. Vivek Prakash, PhD, explained how frequency response acts to balance the demand and power supply upon frequency deviation. Furthermore, he presented the fast frequency control provision from active neighborhoods, noting some key facts (according to the EU Household Energy Consumption 2019) like the fact that about 40% of total demand in Europe are household applications with 64% of energy being used for heating homes. Additionally, Dr. Prakash justified the need for increased use of demand response given that (according to statistics from 2019) less than 2% of the global potential for demand response was being utilized.

Based on a case study using geographically specific input data from two locations (the island of Vis in Croatia and the island Ærø in Denmark), researcher Lin Herenčić presented a techno-economic assessment of decarbonization pathways for multi-vector energy communities. Lastly, Karlo Šepetanc shared a cluster-based model for charging a single-depot fleet of electric vehicles which has excellent scalability and tractability and simultaneously determines a charging schedule and EV dispatch.

Prof. Pandžić ended the event with closing remarks and invited the audience to visit the project website for more information on the project and to explore the publications related to the project. Photos of the event can be found below.


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Author: Marija Tafra
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