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  • 1. Gustafsson, M.
    et al.
    Rönnelid, Mats
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Energy Technology.
    Trygg, L.
    Karlsson, B.
    CO2 emission evaluation of energy conserving measures in buildings connected to a district heating system: Case study of a multi-dwelling building in Sweden2016In: Energy, ISSN 0360-5442, E-ISSN 1873-6785, Vol. 111, p. 341-350Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    When taking action to fulfill the directives from the European Union, energy conserving measures will be implemented in the building sector. If buildings are connected to district heating systems, a reduced heat demand will influence the electricity production if the reduced heat demand is covered by combined heat and power plants.This study analyze five different energy conserving measures in a multi-dwelling building regarding how they affect the marginal production units in the district heating system in Gävle, Sweden. For CO2 emission evaluations, two different combinations of heat and electricity conserving measures are compared to an installation of an exhaust air heat pump.The different energy conserving measures affect the district heating system in different ways. The results show that installing an exhaust air heat pump affects the use/production of electricity in the district heating system most and electricity conserving measures result in reduced use of electricity in the building, reduced use of electricity for production of heat in the district heating system and an increase of electricity production.The conclusion is that electricity use in the building is the most important factor to consider when energy conserving measures are introduced in buildings within the district heating system in Gävle.

  • 2.
    Gustafsson, Mattias
    et al.
    Högskolan i Gävle.
    Karlsson, Björn
    Högskolan i Gävle.
    Rönnelid, Mats
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Energy Technology.
    How the electric meter configuration affect the monitored amount of self-consumed and produced excess electricity from PV systems: case study in Sweden2017In: Energy and Buildings, ISSN 0378-7788, E-ISSN 1872-6178, Vol. 138, p. 60-68Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study evaluates how the principal function of bi-directional electric meters affects the monitored amount of self-consumed and produced excess electricity for dwelling buildings connected to the grid by three phases. The electric meters momentarily record the sum of the phases or the phases individually and then summarize the recorded values to a suitable time period and is then collected by the grid owner. In Sweden, both electric meter configurations fulfill laws and regulations.

    The meter configuration affects the monitored distribution of self-consumed and produced excess electricity significantly for the investigated single-family house but is negligible for the investigated multi-dwelling buildings. The monitored self-consumed electricity produced by the PV installation for the single-family house varies between 24% and 55% depending on the configuration and how the inverter is installed for the investigated year. The difference in economic value for the produced electricity varies between 79.3 to 142 Euros.

    Due to the electric meter configuration, the profitability of PV systems will be different for identical single-family houses with identical conditions. This should be corrected for a well-functioning market. It is also important to decide how the configuration should be designed to ensure that different incentives and enablers results in desired effects.

  • 3.
    Huang, Pei
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Energy Technology.
    Copertaro, Benedetta
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Energy Technology.
    Zhang, Xingxing
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Energy Technology.
    Shen, Jingchun
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Construction.
    Löfgren, Isabelle
    Rönnelid, Mats
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Energy Technology.
    Fahlen, Jan
    Andersson, Dan
    Svanfeldt, Mikael
    A review of data centers as prosumers in district energy systems: Renewable energy integration and waste heat reuse for district heating2019In: Applied Energy, ISSN 0306-2619, E-ISSN 1872-9118Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    As large energy prosumers in district energy systems, on the one hand, data centers consume a large amount of electricity to ensure the Information Technologies (IT) facilities, ancillary power supply and cooling systems work properly; on the other hand, data centers produce a large quantity of waste heat due to the high heat dissipation rates of the IT facilities. To date, a systematic review of data centers from the perspective of energy prosumers, which considers both integration of the upstream green energy supply and downstream waste heat reuse, is still lacking. As a result, the potentials for improving data centers’ performances are limited due to a lack of global optimization of the upstream renewable energy integration and downstream waste heat utilization. This study is intended to fill in this gap and provides such a review. In this regard, the advancements in different cooling techniques, integration of renewable energy and advanced controls, waste heat utilization and connections for district heating, real projects, performance metrics and economic, energy and environmental analyses are reviewed. Based on the enormous amount of research on data centers in district energy systems, it has been found that: (1) global controls, which can manage the upstream renewable production, data centers’ operation and waste heat generation and downstream waste heat utilization are still lacking; (2) regional climate studies represent an effective way to find the optimal integration of renewable energy and waste heat recovery technologies for improving the data centers’ energy efficiency; (3) the development of global energy metrics will help to appropriately quantify the data center performances.

  • 4.
    Joudi, Ali
    et al.
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Energy Technology. SSAB Europe, Borlänge.
    Cehlin, Mathias
    Högskolan i Gävle.
    Svedung, Harald
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Energy Technology. SSAB Europe, Borlänge.
    Rönnelid, Mats
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Energy Technology.
    Moshfegh, Bahram
    Högskolan i Gävle.
    Numerical and experimental investigation of the influence of infrared reflective interior surfaces on building temperature distributions2017In: Indoor + Built Environment, ISSN 1420-326X, E-ISSN 1423-0070, Vol. 26, no 3, p. 355-367Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Radiative properties of interior surfaces can affect not only the building heat flux but also the indoor environment, the latter of which has not been thoroughly investigated. The aim of this study is to analyse the effect of surface emissivity on indoor air and surface temperature distributions in a test cabin with reflective interior surfaces. This was done by comparing experimental and simulation data of the test cabin with that of a normal cabin. This study employs transient computational fluid dynamics (CFD) using re-normalisation group (RNG) k–" model, surface-to-surface radiation model and an enhanced wall function. Boundary conditions were assigned to exterior surfaces under variable outdoor conditions. The numerical and the measurement results indicate that using interior reflective surfaces will affect the indoor air temperature distribution by increasing the vertical temperature gradient depending on the time of the day. CFD simulations with high spatial resolution results show increased interior surface temperature gradients consistent with the increased vertical air temperature gradient. The influence of reflective surfaces is potentially greater with higher indoor surface temperature asymmetry. The vertical indoor air temperature gradient and surface temperatures are important parameters for indoor thermal comfort.

  • 5. Trygg, Louise
    et al.
    Björk, Curt
    Karlsson, Peter
    Rönnelid, Mats
    Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Energy Technology.
    Djuric Ilic, Danica
    Heat collaboration for increased resource efficiency: A case study of a regional district heating system and a mine2016Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    To rapidly develop sustainable energy systems is crucial for the whole society's transition towards sustainability. System efficiency and reduced climate impact are important parts of this. Swedish district heating systems are fairly well developed, mainly based on non-fossil fuels, and includes energy-efficient technologies (such as combined heat and power production and fuel gas condensation). Increased use of district heating is therefore considered as a way to increase energy-efficiency, to phase out fossil energy for heating purposes, and subsequently to a reduction of global CO2 emissions. 

    The aim of this paper is to study system impact of increased demand of district heating by analysing a collaboration on heat supply between the local energy supplier of Ludvika in Sweden and a nearby mine. The paper analyses economic potential, as well as the potential for more efficient operation of district heating production plants in the local district heating system. The heat demand in the mine is presently supplied from a small-scale biomass-fuelled heat-only boiler located near to the mine. The system consists of two biomass-fuelled heat-only boilers with fuel gas condensers. The consequences of connecting the heat demand of the mine with the municipal district heating system is analyzed using the cost optimization model MODEST. 

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