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Evaluating three different aspects of Model Predictive Control of residential space heating in practice

PhD defence, Friday 30 September 2022. Thea Hauge Broholt.

Thea Hauge Broholt

Recent literature indicates that demand response in the district heating grid will be valuable to the future energy system, where fossil fuel-based production is replaced by fluctuating renewable energy sources. During her PhD studies, Thea Hauge Broholt researched the following aspects of challenges in Model Predictive Control (MPC) of residential space heating for demand response purposes: 1) Defining opportunities and barriers to demand response as an action to challenges in district heating. 2) Evaluating how to obtain a robust control model for MPC. 3) Evaluating some of the practical challenges to MPC.

The research findings contribute to a development that aims to realize MPC of residential space heating for demand response purposes. The work shows that there are several issues and aspects to address before MPC becomes practical.  

The PhD study was completed at Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, Faculty of Technical Sciences, Aarhus University.

This summary was prepared by the PhD student.

Time: Friday, 30 September 2022 at 12:00
Place: Navitas, room 03.050, Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, Aarhus University, Inge Lehmanns Gade 10, 8000 Aarhus C
Title of PhD thesis: Towards Model Predictive Control of Residential Space Heating in Practice

Contact information: Thea Hauge Broholt, e-mail: thb@eng.au.dk, tel.: +45 40 59 40 95

Members of the assessment committee:

Associate Professor Hicham Johra, Department of the Built Environment, Aalborg University, Denmark

Professor Natasa Nord, Department of Energy and Process Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Associate Professor Zotan Nagy (chair), Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, Aarhus University, Denmark

Main supervisor:
Associate Professor Steffen Petersen, Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, Aarhus University, Denmark

Co-supervisor:
Associate Professor Michael Dahl Knudsen, Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, Aarhus University, Denmark

Language: The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defence is public.
The PhD thesis is available for reading at the Graduate School of Technical Sciences/GSTS,

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