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Discrete demand side control performance under dynamic building simulation : a heat pump application

Hong, Jun and Johnstone, Cameron and Torriti, Jacopo and Leach, Matthew (2012) Discrete demand side control performance under dynamic building simulation : a heat pump application. Renewable Energy, 39 (1). pp. 85-95. ISSN 0960-1481

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Abstract

This study presents the findings of applying a Discrete Demand Side Control (DDSC) approach to the space heating of two case study buildings. High and low tolerance scenarios are implemented on the space heating controller to assess the impact of DDSC upon buildings with different thermal capacitances, light-weight and heavy-weight construction. Space heating is provided by an electric heat pump powered from a wind turbine, with a back-up electrical network connection in the event of insufficient wind being available when a demand occurs. Findings highlight that thermal comfort is maintained within an acceptable range while the DDSC controller maintains the demand/supply balance. Whilst it is noted that energy demand increases slightly, as this is mostly supplied from the wind turbine, this is of little significance and hence a reduction in operating costs and carbon emissions is still attained.