Technico-economic optimization of combining renewable and non-renewable local energy sources to provide electricity to dwellings, professional users and shared electric vehicles in a Brussels city block.
The purpose of the MFE is to develop a technico-economic optimization model to use local (non)-renewable energy sources (photovoltaic panels, cogeneration unit and batteries) in addition to the grid to provide electricity to a school, houses and shared electric vehicles located in a city block of Brussels.
The proposed subject is part of a 5 year ULB research project called “Smart City Block” funded by Engie/Electrabel.
An overall description of this multidisciplinary project is available on http://www.smartcityblock.be
The thesis should include the following tasks:
- In depth study of four 2015-2016 MFE’s modelizing solutions for the city block:
- Cogeneration and heat network (Louise De Vos and Pierre-Amaury Mus)
- Photovoltaïc panels (Jawad Laknichi)
- Shared Electric Vehicles with local energy storage on batteries (Edouard Russel)
- Analysis of the electricity pricing model and legal framework applicable in Brussels
- Building a model to technically and financially optimize the sourcing of electricity to be used by the houses, the school and church and shared electric vehicles (with electricity storage on battery units) located in the city block.
Smart City Block Background
Increasing the rate of renovation for the existing building stock is a crucial challenge for EU’s energy policy. The Smart City Block (SCB) project proposes an innovative answer to this challenge. The underlying hypothesis is that introducing a collective dimension to renovation should result in increasing rates of renovation while also impacting positively social ties within urban areas. However, the collective dimension introduced in the project is challenging for western individualistic minds. In order to evaluate the acceptance of households, a survey was conducted on 4 city blocks in Brussels, representing over 450 households. A clear willingness to discuss further exists in some segments but only if more concrete proposals with estimations of energy and financial savings are provided.
At the end of 2014, a site was set up (www.smartcityblock.be) and a “call for project” was launched in order to select one city block out of the 3.500 block of the city of Brussels. A city block in Uccle has been selected and innovative solutions modelized for that specific block.