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Towards Model Predictive Control for demand response of residential space heating – investigation of the potential and challenges

PhD defence, Monday 23 January 2023.Virginia Amato.

Virginia Amato

During her Ph.D. studies, Virginia Amato researched how to realize Model Predictive Control (MPC) for demand response of residential space heating in practice. Demand response is seen as an important resource in energy systems with increasing penetration of renewable energy sources.

The work covered various aspects, from the perspectives of district heating companies on demand response to the practical issues of developing the control setup and the effect of thermal zoning. The research findings provided insights into the potential and challenges of the realization of MPC in residential buildings.

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: Monday, 23 January 2023, at 9.00
Place: Building Navitas, room 03.070, Department of Civil and Architectural Engineering, Aarhus University, Inge Lehmanns Gade 10, 8000 Aarhus C
Title of PhD thesis: Practical realization of space heating demand response in residential buildings

Contact information:Virginia Amato, e-mail: amato.virginia@gmail.com, tel.: +45 50316551

Members of the assessment committee:
Senior Lecturer Kerstin Sernhed, Department of Energy Sciences, Lund University, Sweden

Senior Researcher Igor Sartori, SINTEF, Norway

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

Main supervisor:
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,
Jens Baggesens Vej 53, building 5221, 8200 Aarhus N.

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