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Energy, Environmental and Economic Performance of a Micro-trigeneration System upon Varying the Electric Vehicle Charging Profiles

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Journal of Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems
Volume 5, Issue 3, September 2017, pp 309-331
DOI: https://doi.org/10.13044/j.sdewes.d5.0158
Sergio Sibilio1 , Antonio Rosato1, Giovanni Ciampi1, Evgueniy Entchev2, Hajo Ribberink2
1 Department of Architecture and Industrial Design, University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, via San Lorenzo, 81031, Aversa (CE), Italy
2 CanmetENERGY, Natural Resources Canada, 1 Haanel Drive, ON K1A 1M1, Ottawa, Canada


The widespread adoption of electric vehicles and electric heat pumps would result in radically different household electrical demand characteristics, while also possibly posing a threat to the stability of the electrical grid. In this paper, a micro-trigeneration system (composed of a 6.0 kWel cogeneration device feeding a 4.5 kWcool electric air-cooled vapor compression water chiller) serving an Italian residential multi-family house was investigated by using the dynamic simulation software TRNSYS. The charging of an electric vehicle was considered by analyzing a set of seven electric vehicle charging profiles representing different scenarios. The simulations were performed in order to evaluate the capability of micro-cogeneration technology in: alleviating the impact on the electric infrastructure (a); saving primary energy (b); reducing the carbon dioxide equivalent emissions (c) and determining the operating costs in comparison to a conventional supply system based on separate energy production (d).

Keywords: Cogeneration, Trigeneration, Electric vehicle, Energy saving, TRNSYS, Carbon dioxide emissions.

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