Smart Building Energy Management using Nonlinear Economic Model Predictive Control
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Smart Building Energy Management using Nonlinear Economic Model Predictive Control

  • Author(s): Ostadijafari, Mohammad;
  • Dubey, Anamika;
  • Liu, Yang;
  • Shi, Jie;
  • Yu, Nanpeng
  • et al.

Owing to the call for energy efficiency, the need to optimize the energy consumption of commercial buildings-- responsible for over 40% of US energy consumption--has recently gained significant attention. Moreover, the ability to participate in the retail electricity markets through proactive demand-side participation has recently led to development of economic model predictive control (EMPC) for building's Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system. The objective of this paper is to develop a price-sensitive operational model for building's HVAC systems while considering inflexible loads and other distributed energy resources (DERs) such as photovoltaic (PV) generation and battery storage for the buildings. A Nonlinear Economic Model Predictive Controller (NL-EMPC) is presented to minimize the net cost of energy usage by building's HVAC system while satisfying the comfort-level of building's occupants. The efficiency of the proposed NL-EMPC controller is evaluated using several simulation case studies.

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