Integrated Models for Electrical Distribution Network Planning and District-Scale Building Energy Use

Luca De Rosa, Carlos Mateo Domingo, Tomás Gómez San Roman, Rawad El Kontar, Benjamin Polly, Katherine Fleming, Tarek Elgindy

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The increase of greenhouse emissions caused by a rise in global energy consumption is pushing the scientific community to develop tools that address key environmental, techno-economic and social issues. One specific area of focus is to create tools that enable the design of high-performance energy districts, including grid-interactive efficient buildings and electrical distribution infrastructure. This paper outlines the approach of integrating a synthetic distribution network tool (RNM-US) with URBANopt™, a modular and customizable software development kit for thermal and electrical modelling of buildings and energy systems at a district scale. First, we describe the algorithms implemented to integrate RNM-US with URBANopt to automatically generate the distribution network for the district considered. Following, we present a case study for the potential uses of the RNM-US integrations with URBANopt, highlighting the capabilities for economic and technical analysis of the distribution network built in relation to the electricity needs of the modelled buildings.

Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 28 Jun 2021
Event2021 IEEE Madrid PowerTech, PowerTech 2021 - Madrid, Spain
Duration: 28 Jun 20212 Jul 2021


Conference2021 IEEE Madrid PowerTech, PowerTech 2021

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NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5500-79601


  • Distribution Network Planning
  • Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings
  • RNM-US
  • Smart Districts
  • URBANopt


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