A zero-emission society cannot use an electricity distribution grid design for a high emission world. We must plan, build, and operate the grid in completely new ways.


Therefore, CINELDI and FME ZEN (Zero Emission Neighbourhoods) has joined forces in a pilot project together with Arva, testing new distribution grid planning methodology. 

It is being tested on a neighbourhood called Molobyen (formerly known as Breivika Vest) currently under development in Bodø. The entrepreneur and the municipality aim at achieving a zero emission neighbourhood, where energy may largely be supplied by solar PVs and district heating (DH).

At this point, CINELDI has extended an analysis of the (thermal) energy system generated by FME ZEN. The energy system analysis showed that using PVs and DH dramatically reduces the maximum need for electricity grid capacity, from 3.93 MW to 0.61 MW.

Moving forward, the implications of this energy system analysis on the design and dimensioning of the electric distribution grid for the area will be investigated. The dimensioning and design of the electric and the thermal energy system are dependent on each other so that different solutions for both should be considered during the design phase.

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