CREATE Seed project: INTelligent Multi-Energy Communities for enhanced distributed resources INTegration in Singapore

PIs and partners

Remi Rigo Mariani

Lead PI (FR) – Rémy Rigo-Mariani – CNRS@CREATE

Arif Ahmed


PIs and partners

Collaboration team members

The project started on 01 April 2022 and will end on 31 October 2023.


Multi-Energy Communities (MEC) consist of aggregations of several buildings, owned and managed by different stakeholders. Traditionally, buildings equipped with local distributed energy resources such as photovoltaics and storage systems are managed according to their electricity and cooling needs using cost-driven optimisation techniques. In this project, a novel management strategy for MECs will be developed that aims to minimise energy usage while committing to a load/power profile on a look-ahead basis, in addition to conventional economic criteria. Especially, the proposed control scheme will rely on a two-stage strategy with a look-ahead phase followed by real time adjustments of the controls. In the first predictive stage, the scientific challenge lies in the formulation of a decentralized problem under uncertainties with a coupled optimization of energy and reserve, based on coarse building models. In the real time phase, faster controls schemes will be implemented in order to mitigate the uncertainties in order to remain as close as possible to the committed profile. Finally, the performances of the proposed management strategy will be assessed with different scenarios in terms of distributed energy resources integration and penetration of renewables. The impact of the proposed approach will be assessed with regards to the needs for reserve and balancing at the overall power system scale and further extrapolated to the Singaporean energy landscape. Ultimately, the proposed management, if widely adopted by multi energy communities in Singapore, is expected to allow higher penetration of renewable without endangering the operation of the electrical grid. 

Generic schematic of a multi-energy community. Credits: CNRS@CREATE

This research is supported by the National Research Foundation, Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore under its Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE) programme.

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