Multi-Energy Systems (MES), in which multiple energy carriers are integrated and optimally operated, are key assets to enable low-carbon energy systems. Multi-carrier integration of distributed energy resources via different energy networks generates the so-called distributed MES (DMES). This webinar presents foundational concepts to characterize, model, optimise, and visualise the flexibility that could be provided to the electricity grid by DMES, including the role of integrated energy networks (e.g., electricity, heat and gas) in enabling or constraining power system flexibility. Several examples will be presented with illustrative case studies on current and future DMES practical applications, including technologies and concepts such as: combined heat and power (CHP); combined cooling, heat, and power (CCHP); electric heat pumps, electric boilers, and hybrid (electricity-gas) boilers and heat pumps; power-to- hydrogen and power-to-gas; integrated electricity-hydrogen virtual power plants; power-to-heat; building-to-grid flexibility; virtual energy storage; community energy systems; etc.
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