Methodological review of co-simulation approaches for complex urban energy system planning

Comparing different co-simulation approaches shows that a simple test case already contains a high degree of complexity. The test case implements the following technologies and networks: thermal and electrical networks, divers consumers and building typology, a combined heat power plant and dynamically fluctuating thermal and electrical resources.

Tight coupling and loose coupling methods will be compared. The co-simulation will be mainly conducted on two existing open source tools: Mosaik (Faschang 2015) and OpenBuildNet (Gorecki 2015). Several simulation tools based on a range of technology (Matlab, Python, proprietary and black-box like software) will be used for different parts of the test case with various communication protocols and link set-up configurations. Results and implementation process will be discussed as well as needed precision for control strategies and operation constraints integration in technologies models.