Energy Security of Thermal Energy Communities

J. Fouladvand

Research output: ThesisDissertation (TU Delft)

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This thesis aims to support the design and implementation of energy-secure thermal energy communities (TEC) by investigating their technical, behavioural and institutional settings through a collective action perspective. The thesis shows that energy-secure TEC initiatives are collective energy systems with particular characteristics and surrounding conditions. The thesis demonstrates, by building and using a number of agent-based models, that behavioural and institutional settings are relatively more influential than technical settings for establishing and sustaining the functioning of energy-secure collective thermal energy systems. In particular, a combination of aquifer thermal energy storage with heat pumps positively impacted TEC initiatives' energy security. The most crucial technical requirement for the energy security of TEC initiatives is a connection to a natural gas grid. The thesis recommends that individual households initiate their own (thermal) energy communities, and policy-makers support such initiatives.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Delft University of Technology
  • Herder, P.M., Supervisor
  • Ghorbani, Amineh, Advisor
  • Mouter, N., Advisor
Award date7 Oct 2022
Print ISBNs978-94-6366-606-0
Publication statusPublished - 2022


[NWO Responsible Innovation grant – 313-99-324]


  • Energy security
  • Energy community
  • Institutional analysis
  • Collective action
  • Agent-based modeling (ABM)
  • Energy transition
  • Energy governance
  • Renewable energy systems
  • Thermal energy
  • Thermal energy community
  • Institutional analysis and development


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