District Heating (DH) is a rational way to supply heat to buildings in urban areas. This is expected to play an important role in future energy scenarios, mainly because of the possibility to recover waste heat and to integrate renewable energy sources. Even if DH is a well known technology, there are open problems to face. Some of these problems are related to tendencies to reduce design temperatures, the improvement of control strategies, connection of new users to existing networks, implementation of energy savings initiatives and the access of multiple heat producers to the same network. This paper aims to show that exergy is an appropriate quantity for the analysis of DH systems and thermoeconomics can be profitably used to improve their design and operation. Three possible applications of thermoeconomic theories are presented: variation of supply temperature along the heating season, opportunities to connect new users, effects of energy savings initiatives in buildings connected with the network.
Thermoeconomics as a tool for the design and analysis of energy savings initiatives in buildings connected to district heating networks / Verda Vittorio; Kona Albana. - In: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF APPLIED THERMODYNAMICS. - ISSN 1301-9724. - (2012).
|Titolo:||Thermoeconomics as a tool for the design and analysis of energy savings initiatives in buildings connected to district heating networks|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2012|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|