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Embedding decentralized energy supply in the infrastructure

How can a co-ordination and control system enable adequate mutual adjustment between local demand and decentral supply while optimizing the utilization of the energy infrastructure?

Hans Wortmann and a research assistant (photo: EDGaR/Jan Buwalda)

Summary

The core idea of the proposal is that gas and electricity are linked. Gas and electricity are similar, but not the same. Electricity, which cannot be stored, lacks the flexibility to eliminate unbalance in demand and supply. Yet gas provide such flexibility, both at the high end (where electricity plants based on gas can be switched on and off more easily than plants using other fuels), and at the low end, where gas is a source of flexibility via co-generation.

Theme: Future energy systems
Leader: J.C. (Hans) Wortmann (University of Groningen)
Partners: University of Groningen, Hanze University Groningen
Budget: 0.9 million euro
Duration: November 2010 / November 2014

Participants

Austin D'Souza (Hanze University Gronigen)
Nick van Beest (University of Groningen)
Ashwinn Ittoo (University of Groningen)
Wim van Gemert (Hanze University Groningen)
Hugo Velthuijsen (Hanze University Gronigen)
George Huitema (University of Groningen)
Hans Wortmann (University of Groningen)

Book chapter

D’Souza, A., N. Van Beest, G.B. Huitema, J.C. Wortmann, H. Velthuijsen. “A review and evaluation of business model ontologies: a viability perspective,” in Lecture Notes on Business Information Processing. Dordrecht: Springer, forthcoming.

Journal article

Beest, N.R.T.P. van, E. Kaldeli, P. Bulanov, J.C. Wortmann, A. Lazovik. “Automated runtime repair of business processes.” Information Systems 39, 1 (2014): 45–79.

Thesis

Sanberg, J. "A Wiser Smart Grid." MSc. thesis, University of Groningen, 2011.

Tsellios, K. “Designing and evaluating an IT strategy for congestion management in smart distribution networks.” MSc. thesis, University of Groningen, 2013.

Proceedings

Beest, N.R.T.P. van, N. Russel, A.H.M. ter Hofstede, A. Lazovik. “Achieving intention-centric BPM through automated planning,” in Proceedings of IEEE 7th International Conference on Service-Oriented Computing and Application, pp. 191–8. London: IEEE: 2014.

Beest, N.R.T.P. van, Bucur, D. “Continuous correctness of business processes against process interference.” Proceedings of IEEE 6th International Conference on Service-Oriented Computing and Application (2013), 110-117.

D'Souza, A., Van Beest, N.R.T.P., Huitema, G.B., Wortmann, J.C., Velthuijsen, H., 2014. “An assessment framework for business model ontologies to ensure the viability of business models.” Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems (2014).

 

Conference papers

Burg, R.J. van der, A. Dsouza, G.B. Huitema, J.C. Wortmann. “Towards the drivers of value creation in the biogas industry: enablers and inhibiters in The Netherlands.” 21st EurOMA Conference, operations management in an innovation economy, Palermo, Italy, 2014.

D'Souza, Austin, Nick van Beest, George B. Huitema and J.C. Wortmann. “Which business model ontology is best suited for modelling decentralised energy business ecosystem.” Sixth Research Day of the Energy Delta Gas Research, Nunspeet, April 2014.

D’Souza, Austin. ‘Modelling smart grid value networks.’ GESP Research Meeting on Smart Grids, Groningen, June 2012.

Huitema, George. ‘Managing flexibilities in the smart grid.’ GESP Research Meeting on Smart Grids, Groningen, June 2012.

Huitema, George, Nick Szirbik, Hans Wortmann, Ashwin Ittoo, Austin Dzousa. ‘Embedding flexibility in combined gas and electricity infrastructures.’ Fourth Research Day of the Energy Delta Gas Research, Hilversum, April, 2012.

Volkerts, Marcel, Hans Wortmann. “From smart grids to smart business.” Enabling Sustainability with Gas: Closing Conference of the Energy Delta Gas Research, Amsterdam, March 2015.

Wortmann, Hans. ‘Software services change our world.’ 9th International Conference on Modeling, Optimization and Simulation, Bordeaux, June 2012. (Key-note speech.)

Poster

Dsouza, Austin. “A business model design framework for viable decentralised energy business models.” Enabling Sustainability with Gas: Closing Conference of the Energy Delta Gas Research, Amsterdam, March 2015.

D’Souza, Austin. ‘Modelling smart grid value networks.’ Fourth Research Day of the Energy Delta Gas Research, Hilversum, April 2012.