Flexible Combined heat and power plants for power systems with volatile electricity prices
Research Project, 2017 – 2020

The aim is to increase the knowledge on design and operating strategies of combined heat and power (CHP) plants for energy markets with volatile electricity prices. The rapid development towards an increased share of non-dispatchable power generation (wind and solar) has initiated a discussion on the position of large scale heat and power generation in the energy system dispatch. The consequences of this development depend on the need for capacity and ramping rate of the thermal generation portfolio and on the part-load and ramping characteristics of the individual plants. CHP plants have the potential to provide cost efficient flexibility as they act on both the electricity and heat market. The project evaluates the technical limitations for part load and load following operation of different types of CHP and assess the flexibility characteristics by means of energy systems modelling of future scenarios for the power and district heating systems.


Fredrik Normann (contact)

Chalmers, Space, Earth and Environment, Energy Technology

Johanna Beiron

Chalmers, Space, Earth and Environment, Energy Technology


Energiforsk AB

Stockholm, Sweden

Solvina AB

Västra Frölunda, Sweden


Swedish Energy Agency

Project ID: S44910
Funding Chalmers participation during 2017–2020

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