Daniel Møller Sneum, Post-doctoral Researcher, Technical University of Denmark,
"Flexible and Integrated Energy Systems — Finding and Addressing the Barriers"
Efficient and sustainable energy systems can be achieved through sector coupling/smart energy/integrated energy systems — all buzz-terms with the same point: Electrifying everything is good; also bridging to other sectors is better.
Integration or not, flexibility of energy systems is a necessary attribute. But what if it isn't there?
Combining flexibility and integrated energy systems, Dr. Møller Sneum asks — and answers "What hinders flexibility in the interface between decentralized energy and the electricity system?"
With district energy (a highly efficient way to heat and cool many buildings in a given locale from a central plant) as the case in point, his study
- defines flexible sector coupling in the interface between district energy and the electricity system
- provides a taxonomy – a useful checklist for policymakers driving increased flexibility in integrated energy systems
- indicates areas of priority for technologies, decision-levels and project life cycles when addressing barriers.
While district energy is the case in point, most findings apply for all decentralized energy systems/sector coupling/integrated- and smart energy systems.
The presentation is based on the results of the scientific article "Barriers to flexibility in the district energy-electricity system interface – A taxonomy" and is part of the European FlexSUS-project.
About Dr. Møller Sneum
Daniel Møller Sneum is a former analyst in at the Internation Energy Agency, Green Energy, and PlanEnergi. His PhD is from Technical University of Denmark where he is currently a postdoc. His focus is on regulation and economics of integration across energy sectors. His research includes analyses of flexibility and regulation of district energy in the Nordic countries, the Baltics, and the US.