The paper illustrates the status quo of a research project for the development of a control system enabling CHP units for a demand-oriented electricity production by an intelligent management of the heat storage tank. Thereby the focus of the project is twofold. One is the compensation of the fluctuating power production by the renewable energies solar and wind. Secondly, a reduction of the load on the power grid is intended by a better match of local electricity demand and production. In detail, the general control strategy is outlined, the method utilized for forecasting heat and electricity demand is illustrated as well as a correlation method for the temperature distribution in the heat storage tank based on a Sigmoid function is proposed. Moreover, the simulation model for verification and optimization of the control system and the two field test sites for implementing and testing the system are introduced.
Lödige, D., Thomas, B., & Widmann, C. (2015). Intelligent management of the heat storage tank for production of electricity on demand using CHP units. In Energy Procedia (Vol. 73, pp. 239–243). Elsevier Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2015.07.678