Delft University of Technology and Argaleo are joining forces to build a digital model of the power grid. In Argaleo's digital twin platform, a digital copy of the campus' electricity network is being developed. This will create a dashboard that provides real-time insight into energy consumption and enables experimentation and analysis of future scenarios in a virtual environment.
Dr. Pedro Vergara Barrios, assistant professor of TUD's Intelligent Electrical Power Grids (IEPG) group, and Jeroen Steenbakkers, CEO and founder of Argaleo, recently kicked off the collaborative project. The link between the actual energy system and the digital copy will be realized in the coming months. After that, real-time energy consumption will be displayed in the dashboard, while an intelligent digital calculation model developed by the researchers runs in the background.
Ultimately, self-learning algorithms will be integrated into the platform to assess system performance and develop insights that support decision-making around future energy networks. "We take advantage of the high level of digitalization of our infrastructure on campus and combine TU Delft's expertise with Argaleo's digital twin technology to develop the first digital model of its kind in the Netherlands," Vergara said.
In the future, a broader virtual model will be considered, integrating other energy carriers (e.g. gas, heat, etc.). With the deployment of the platform, the ambition is to become an international leader in the development of digital models for energy systems for real-time decision-making and planning. In doing so, TU Delft's campus will be set up as a European testing ground for research in digital energy projects.
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