Unlocking Flexibility: Integrated Optimization and Control of Multienergy Systems

Emiliano Dall-Anese, Pierluigi Mancarella, Antonello Monti

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Electricity, natural gas, water, and dis trict heating/cooling systems are predominantly planned and operated independently. However, it is increasingly recognized that integrated optimization and control of such systems at multiple spatiotemporal scales can bring significant socioeconomic, operational efficiency, and environmental benefits. Accordingly, the concept of the multi-energy system is gaining considerable attention, with the overarching objectives of 1) uncovering fundamental gains (and potential drawbacks) that emerge from the integrated operation of multiple systems and 2) developing holistic yet computationally affordable optimization and control methods that maximize operational benefits, while 3) acknowledging intrinsic interdependencies and quality-of-service requirements for each provider.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)43-52
Number of pages10
JournalIEEE Power and Energy Magazine
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2017

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5D00-67304


  • control
  • distribution
  • flexibility
  • integration
  • multi-energy systems
  • optimization
  • transmission


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