Dynamic demand

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Just out of interest really...

Does anybody have any experience of modelling dynamic demand systems.
For example, a heat pump might "listen" to the frequency of the
electricity grid (lower frequency represents large concurrent demand)
and adjust it's demand down accordingly.

It just seems like an interesting modelling exercise and I was wondering
if anybody has had any success and with which software.



Chris Yates's picture
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Two things come to mind. We've done something similar in simulating
grid-tied power systems that include some renewable sources (wind and
pv), a battery bank, an electrolyzer, a fuel cell, and a grid that is
sometimes unavailable. The controls sense (among other things) the
availability of the grid and act accordingly. I am also aware of some
work being done at Penn State on a pv/battery system that knows what the
utility rates are at the current time. Again the controls make a
decision about whether to meet the load with the PV or with the grid
based on something that is going on in the grid at the current time.
Both projects were done using TRNSYS.
Kind regards,


David Bradley's picture
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John Ross wrote;

I think you will find the frequency and phase of the electric power grid
very tightly controlled.
I really doubt that you will get a meaningful quantitative measurement.
A qualitative measurement
might indicate current general problems on a particular section of the
power grid.

As part of a senior level power plant design class in 1980 we visited a
then already old coal
fired power plant. To adjust the phase of the generator versus the grid
they used a bridge with
two light bulbs. When both light bulbs were equally dim they remotely
threw the generator mains
online. Well the week before our visit they had both light bulbs burn
out at the same time during
an initialization. Very fortunately it happened on the third shift
and the place was just about deserted.
We saw many many low pressure stage turbine blades 48+ inches long
embedded in the concrete
walls. That was just from a ~ 10 degree or less miss match...
By the way, I never sit opposite the engines when I travel by air......

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