E3S Web Conf.
Volume 197, 202075th National ATI Congress – #7 Clean Energy for all (ATI 2020)
|Number of page(s)
|Energy Storage and Integration of Energy Networks. Technologies
|22 October 2020
Numerical Model for the Analysis of Thermal Transients in District Heating Networks
Energy Department, Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca Degli Abruzzi 24, 10129 Torino, Italy
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As District Heating (DH) networks are experiencing an evolution towards the so-called 4th generation, there is a need to update the currently used models to take into account the ever-increasing complexity of this technology. Indeed, to further improve the reduction in energy consumption and carbon-dioxide emissions, a wide range of technologies and management strategies are being introduced within district heating, such as a large exploitation of Renewable Energy Sources (RES). As a consequence, thermal transients assume a major importance, posing the need to redefine the relevant physical parameters and to develop a model which accurately describes their behaviour. In this framework, this paper proposes a quantitative analysis of the influence of the pipe heat-capacity on the model. Moreover, an equivalent-model, which is able to take into account the two heat capacities of steel and water in just one equation, is proposed and compared with two commonly used approaches. One of the features of the proposed model is the suitability for application to large networks. To prove its capabilities, an application to the Turin district heating network, which is among the largest systems in Europe, is proposed. Results show significant improvements in terms of accuracy over computational time ratio.
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