JOURNAL: Industrial cluster energy systems integration and management tool



Ugochukwu Ngwaka
Yousaf Khalid
Janie Ling-Chin
John Counsell
Faisal Siddiqui
Ruben Pinedo-Cuenca
Huda Dawood
Andrew Smallbone
Nashwan Dawood
Anthony Paul Roskilly

Durham University
Advanced Control Ltd
Teesside University

Industrial cluster energy systems integration and management tool

Energy Conversion and Management

December 2023

This study introduces an integrated energy system planning tool for decarbonising industrial clusters, critical for achieving the UK’s net-zero targets. The tool adopts a transfer functions method to develop individual component models for technologies, networks, and loads, enabling control and simulation of complex dynamics in multi-energy system operations. The case study of a dynamic hybrid cluster demonstrates how the adoption of decarbonisation measures including heat electrification, renewables, and fuel switching reduces primary energy demand, costs, emissions, and energy losses, both in grid and island modes. While results may vary for different clusters due to specific features, the study cluster achieves significant emission reduction via heat electrification compared to other decarbonisation technologies. This tool emerges as a valuable resource helping industrial clusters formulate comprehensive decarbonisation roadmaps based on informed decisions.