International Conference on Energy Systems Integration

Golden, Colorado, United States (December 5–6, 2017)

With support from seven partnering organizations, iiESI hosted its first International Conference on Energy Systems Integration at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado on December 5–6, 2017.

The conference focused on the theme "Infrastructure for an Integrated Energy System," and featured thought leaders from across the globe on topics that covered energy infrastructure as well as operational and market issues in the developed and developing world. Read the NREL news story on the event to learn more.

Participating organizations included the World Energy Council, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the International Energy Agency (IEA), the Center for Energy Systems Integration (CESI), the European Energy Research Alliance Joint Programme (EEERA JP), the Joint Research Centre - European Commission (JRC), and the Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group (UVIG).

Conference Agenda

Conference Brochure

Session Presentations

Day 1

Session 1: Sector Coupling Solutions to Renewables Integration

Sector Coupling Solutions — Phil Taylor, National Centre for Energy Systems Integration, United Kingdom

Power-to-X: Biological Methane Production — Kevin Harrison, NREL, United States

Multi Energy System Planning in China — Ning Zhang & Chongqing Kang, Tsinghua University, China

Integrated Gas-Electric Modeling — Leah Kaffine, General Electric Energy Consulting (GE), United States

Sector Coupling with Electricity: Promise and Pitfalls — Ben Haley, Evolved Energy, United States

iiESI International Conference on Energy Systems Integration — Steve Chalk, Department of Energy, United States

Energy Efficiency Revisited — William D'haeseleer, Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium

Session 2: The Role of Energy Demand in an Integrated Energy System

Potential for the EU Industrial Sector to Integrate Variable Renewable Sources — Goran Strbac, Imperial College, United Kingdom

Impacts of VRE Futures on Electric-Sector Decision Making — Joachim Seel, Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory, United States

Motives to Engage in the Energy System — Linda Steg, University of Groningen, Netherlands

Heating & Cooling Impact on Energy Infrastructure — Henrik Madsen, Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Day 2

Session 3: Electrification: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Transient Stability in a World Electrified by Wind & Solar — Nick Miller, GE, United States

Electricity Markets in an Electrified World — Stephen Beuning, Xcel Energy, United States

Electricity Scenarios and the Need for Infrastructure — Tom Wilson, Electric Power Research Institute, United States

Practice on the Coupling Between Power and Heat Sector to Facilitate Renewable Energy Integration in China — Caxia Wang, State Grid Energy Research Institute, China

Session 4: Infrastructure Investment for Resilience: How do we Improve?

Infrastructure Investment in a Future Integrated Energy System — Muireann Lynch, Economic and Social Research Institute, Ireland

Planning the Infrastructure of a Resilient Integrated Energy System — Jim McCalley, Iowa State University, United States

Energy Infrastructure Scenarios for the UK:  Are they Resilient? — Jim Watson, UK Energy Research Centre

Climate Impacts on Energy Infrastructure — Risks and Opportunities – David Brayshaw, Reading University, United Kingdom

Toward All-Hazards Security and Resilience for the Power Grid — Juan Torres, NREL, United States

Poster Session

iiESI hosted an evening reception on Tuesday, December 5, at the Denver West Marriott for all conference attendees. The evening included a poster session featuring students from Imperial College London, Tshingua University, KU Leuven, University College Dublin, DTU, and more.


Interaction Between Natural Gas and Power Systems — Hossein Ameli & Goran Strbac, Imperial College, United Kingdom

Hybrid Energy Systems: An Integrated Energy System Scheme — Rajaz Khan Amitava, Iowa State University, United States

Assessment of the Wind Integration Potential of Residential Thermal Storage — Muhammad Bashar Anwar, University College Dublin, Ireland

Optimal Planning of Integrated Electricity, Gas and Heat Systems for Smart Cities — Iris van Beuzekom, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands

Valuing Demand Response Controllability — Kenneth Bruninx, KU Leuven, Belgium

A Five-Level MILP Model for Flexible Transmission Network Planning Under Uncertainty — Alexandre Moreira, Imperial College, United Kingdom

Security Assessment of Gas-Electric Networks — Conor O'Malley, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland

Relevance of Incorporating Unit Commitment Constraints in Long-Term Energy-System Planning Models — Kris Poncelet, KU Leuven, Belgium

Predictive Tool to Support Design and Operation of Electrical and Thermal Installations — Laiz Souto, University of Groningen, Netherlands

Smart Meter Analytics for Consumption Profiling — Alexander Tureczek, DTU, Denmark

Identifying Key Behavioral Issues in ESI — Stephanie J. Zawadzki, University of Groningen, Netherlands

Local Pathways to Low-Carbon Domestic Heat: Exploring the Options in the UK — Graeme Hawker, University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom

The Potential to Harness Demand-Side Flexibilities from Large-Scale Wastewater Treatment Plants in an Integrated Energy System — Dana Kirchem, University College Dublin, Ireland