Modelling and Simulation Approaches for Local Energy Community Integrated Distribution Networks
Challenge and objective
Modelling and simulation of Local Energy Communities (LECs) and their operation is essential for studying and planning LECs integrated in the distribution network, recommending the right regulatory measures and designing market architectures. The aim of this work was to do a literature review of modelling practices to study a LEC integrated in a distribution network.
Modelling LECs and the environment they operate in involves a holistic approach consisting of different layers: market, controller, and grid.
Different LEC modelling approaches are reviewed and presented, several multilayered concepts for LECs are proposed, and a case study is presented to illustrate a holistic simulation where the different layers interact.
The review found that the grid layer is missing in most simulation studies concerning LECs
Impact for distribution system innovation
DSOs will have methods to model and analyze impacts of LEC integration in their system.