Imperial College London

Dr Salvador Acha

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Research Fellow



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BibTex format

author = {Chakrabarti, A and Proeglhoef, R and Bustos-Turu, G and Lambert, R and Mariaud, A and Acha, S and Markides, CN and Shah, N},
doi = {10.1016/},
journal = {Energy},
pages = {805--815},
title = {Optimisation and analysis of system integration between electric vehicles and UK decentralised energy schemes},
url = {},
volume = {176},
year = {2019}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - Although district heat network schemes provide a pragmatic solution for reducing the environmental impact of urban energy systems, there are additional benefits that could arise from servicing electric vehicles. Using the electricity generated on-site to power electric vehicles can make district heating networks more economically feasible, while also increasing environmental benefits. This paper explores the potential integration of electric vehicle charging into large-scale district heating networks with the aim of increasing the value of the generated electricity and thereby improving the financial feasibility of such systems. A modelling approach is presented composed of a diverse range of distributed technologies that considers residential and commercial electric vehicle charging demands via agent-based modelling. An existing district heating network system in London was taken as a case study. The energy system was modelled as a mixed integer linear program and optimised for either profit maximisation or carbon dioxide emissions minimisation. Commercial electric vehicles provided the best alternative to increase revenue streams by about 11% against the current system configuration with emissions effectively unchanged. The research indicates that district heating network systems need to carefully analyse opportunities for transport electrification in order to improve the integration, and sustainability, of urban energy systems.
AU - Chakrabarti,A
AU - Proeglhoef,R
AU - Bustos-Turu,G
AU - Lambert,R
AU - Mariaud,A
AU - Acha,S
AU - Markides,CN
AU - Shah,N
DO - 10.1016/
EP - 815
PY - 2019///
SN - 0360-5442
SP - 805
TI - Optimisation and analysis of system integration between electric vehicles and UK decentralised energy schemes
T2 - Energy
UR -
UR -
VL - 176
ER -