Development of an innovative and optimized global DC system Management Strategy
The management strategy is the first control level of the DC system. Its main target is to schedule the energy supply in order to cover the energy demand at each moment.
INDIGO will develop an innovative and optimized management strategy (algorithms) focused mainly on energy efficiency maximization but also on energy cost minimization, taking into account at the same time other factors like greenhouse gas emissions, system payback time, etc.
One of the main characteristics of this innovative and optimized strategy is the predictive management: INDIGO DC system manager will consider predicted values for the consumers’ demand, the meteorological conditions and the price of energy (in connection with intelligent gas and electricity networks). In order to develop this strategy two management levels will be established.
District Cooling Systems’ Stakeholders Empowerment
INDIGO goes beyond the conceptual idea of an optimized DC system and aims to develop specific tools that would provide more confidence and thus more openness to DC systems deployment and use. For this purpose, the following stakeholders are considered:
Consumers: as end users of the systems, but increasingly aware of the consequences of their consumption (costs, environment)
Public administration: depending on the country/region, more or less involved in district energy development projects, but most of the times acting as project assessors.
Private ESCO: as responsible of DC system design, deployment, and O&M.