publication . 0044 . 2017

A comfort-based, energy-aware HVAC agent and its applications in the smart grid

Auffenberg, Frederik;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Mar 2017
  • Publisher: University of Southampton
Abstract
In this thesis, we introduce a novel heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) agent that maintains a comfortable thermal environmant for its users while minimising energy consumption of the HVAC system and incorporating demand side management (DSM) signals to shift HVAC loads towards achieving more desirable overall load profiles. To do so, the agent needs to be able to accurately predict user comfort, for example by using a thermal comfort model. Existing thermal comfort models are usually built using broad population statistics, meaning that they fail to represent individual users' preferences, resulting in poor estimates of the users' preferred temper...
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