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Flexigrid Tools For Real-Life Demonstrations of Local Energy System Concepts At Chalmers Campus Testbed
The ongoing transition in the energy system is accompanied by various challenges such as congestion and voltage violations in electricity distribution networks. Suggested solutions to these challenges are, among others, local energy and flexibility markets, new tariff designs, and centralized control. Simulation and demonstration of such solutions often require a broad chain of tools that need to be automated. The aim of this paper is to present a simulation and demonstration platform integrating several of the required tool and their deployment at the Chalmers Campus test bed. The developed tools include PV and load forecasting, congestion forecasting, energy management system, model predictive control algorithms, and local energy and flexibility markets. The tools are integrated using a common and reusable platform called LESOOP for simulation and demonstration. Demonstration examples of PV and load forecasts, congestion forecasts, model predictive control, and energy management systems are presented and results are discussed. The paper contributes to a more successful transition of the energy system by sharing experiences and provides better understanding of the tool functionalities at the Chalmers campus test-bed. The identified gaps and gained knowledge from the real-life demonstrations at the test-bed can be valuable to projects and researchers aiming to develop a test-bed.