Heating networks can act as the link between the demand for and supply of heat. Moreover, they can provide the infrastructure for various forms of sustainable heat.

In an energy system that mainly consists of intermittent sources of electricity (solar and wind), heating networks are crucial in order to provide the necessary flexibility for the global energy system by linking heating networks and electrical networks by means of heat pumps and ORC installations.

Our expertise

  • development, demonstration and implementation of intelligent control systems for heating networks and substations
  • low-temperature heating networks
  • reducing the return temperature in heating networks
  • integration and interaction of heating networks with other networks
  • technological innovations for cold networks

Publications

Controlling district heating and cooling networks to unlock flexibility: A review
Year: 
2018
Journal: 
ENERGY
Vandermeulen, A; van der Heijde, B; Helsen, L
Thermal load forecasting in district heating networks using deep learning and advanced feature selection methods
Year: 
2018
Journal: 
ENERGY
Suryanarayana, G; Lago, J; Geysen, D; Aleksiejuk, P; Johansson, C
Reinforcement Learning Applied to an Electric Water Heater: From Theory to Practice
Year: 
2018
Journal: 
IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON SMART GRID
Ruelens, F; Claessens, BJ; Quaiyum, S; De Schutter, B; Babuska, R; Belmans, R
Operational thermal load forecasting in district heating networks using machine learning and expert advice
Year: 
2018
Journal: 
ENERGY AND BUILDINGS
Geysen, D; De Somer, O; Johansson, C; Brage, J; Vanhoudt, D
Model-free control of thermostatically controlled loads connected to a district heating network
Year: 
2018
Journal: 
ENERGY AND BUILDINGS
Claessens, BJ; Vanhoudt, D; Desmedt, J; Ruelens, F

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