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EUI2: Commercial/Institutional Buildings – Optimisation of Gas & Electricity Systems

Implementation of demand-side management in the building end-use sector can be achieved by different measures: building envelope retrofit, equipment efficiency improvements, system control optimisation and demand response schemes. Although there have been several successful roll-outs of demand response schemes in buildings to date, most have focused on the management of electrical end-use loads. Recently, there has been a recognition by energy policy makers for the need for better energy flexibility analysis methodologies in the building end-use sector, i.e., the ability to optimise electrical demand response measures in conjunction with other energy vectors (e.g., gas, district systems), hybrid energy conversion systems (e.g., combined heat and power (CHP), tri-generation, hybrid systems, etc.) and thermal storage.

 

​In particular, where multi-energy options are available and hybrid energy conversion systems are utilised, greater energy flexibility opportunities will exist, with an enhanced ability to shape the demand while also reducing user impac​t. The overall aim of this WP is to develop real-time flexibility and optimisation strategies for improved demand-side utilisation of integrated electricity, gas and district systems in commercial/institutional buildings.

 

Members


Dr Donal Finn
Funded Investigator, Associate Professor, School of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, University College Dublin
donal.finn@ucd.ie
01 716 1947
Dr Damian Flynn
Funded Investigator, Associate Professor, School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, University College Dublin
damian.flynn@ucd.ie
01 716 1819
Dr James O'Donnell
Funded Investigator, Assistant Professor, School of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, University College Dublin
james.odonnell@ucd.ie
+353 1 7161839
Anjukan Kathirgamanathan
PhD Researcher
anjukan.kathirgamanathan@ucdconnect.ie
Mohammad Saeed Misaghian
PhD Researcher
mohammadsaeed.misaghian@ucdconnect.ie
Dr Mattia De Rosa
Postdoc Researcher
mattia.derosa@ucd.ie

Research Outputs


Journal

Data-driven Predictive Control for Unlocking Building Energy Flexibility: A Review

2020; Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews; Kathirgamanathan A, De Rosa M, Mangina E, Finn DP,

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Journal

Towards Standardising Market-Independent Indicators for Quantifying Energy Flexibility in Buildings

2020; Energy and Buildings; Anjukan Kathirgamanathan, Thibault Péan, Kun Zhang, Mattia De Rosa, Jaume Salom, Michaël Kummert, Donal P. Finn

DOI

Conference

A Centralised Soft Actor Critic Deep Reinforcement Learning Approach to District Demand Side Management through CityLearn

2020; BuildSys '20: The 7th ACM International Conference on Systems for Energy-Efficient Buildings, Cities, and Transportation, Japan; A Kathirgamanathan, K Twardowski, E Mangina, DP Finn

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Conference

Optimising Supply Chain Logistics System Using Data Analytics Techniques

2019; INTSYS 2019 – the 3rd EAI International Conference on Intelligent Transport Systems, Portugal; Eleni Mangina, Pranav Kashyap Narasimhan, Mohammad Saffari, and Ilias Vlachos

Conference

Feature Assessment in Data-driven Models for Unlocking Building Energy Flexibility

2019; 16th IBPSA International Conference & Exhibition Building Simulation 2019, Italy; Kathirgamanathan A, De Rosa M, Mangina E, Finn D.P

DOI

Conference

Application of Intelligent Algorithms for Residential Building Energy Performance Rating Prediction

2019; 16th IBPSA International Conference & Exhibition Building Simulation 2019, Italy; Usman Ali, Mohammad Haris Shamsi, Fawaz Alshehri, Eleni Mangina and James O’Donnell

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Uncertainty Quantification In Predictive Modelling Of Heat Demand Using Reduced-order Grey Box Models

2019; 16th IBPSA International Conference & Exhibition Building Simulation 2019, Italy; M.H. Shamsi, U. Ali, F. Alshehri, J. O’Donnell

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Conference

Quantification and characterization of energy flexibility in the residential building sector

2019; 16th IBPSA International Conference & Exhibition Building Simulation 2019, Italy; A. Bampoulas, M. Saffari, F. Pallonetto, M. de Rosa, E. Mangina, D. P. Finn

Conference

Economic assessment of flexibility offered by an optimally controlled hybrid heat pump generator: a case study for residential building

2018; ATI 2018 - 73rd Conference of the Italian Thermal Machines Engineering Association, Italy; D'Ettorre F, de Rosa M, Conti P, Schito E, Testi D, Finn D.

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Conference

Unlocking Energy Flexibility in Commercial Buildings through Data-Driven Techniques

2018; Irish Postgraduate Research Conference, Ireland; Anjukan Kathirgamanathan, Donal Finn

Conference

Aggregation of Energy Flexibility of Commercial Buildings

2018; eSIM 2018, IBPSA Canada, Canada; Kathirgamanathan, A., De Rosa, M., Mangina, E and Finn, D. P.

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Journal

Flexibility assessment of a combined heat-power system (CHP) with energy storage under real-time energy price market framework

2018; Thermal Science and Engineering Progress; De Rosa, M., Carragher, M., Finn, D.P.

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Journal

The Implications of Policy Uncertainty on Solar Photovoltaic Investment

2020; Energies; Martina Assereto and Julie Byrne

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Conference

Data-Driven Predictive Control for Commercial Buildings with Multiple Energy Flexibility Sources

2020; 2020 Building Performance Analysis Simbuild Virtual Conference, United States of America; Anjukan Kathirgamanathan, Mattia De Rosa, Eleni Mangina and Donal P. Finn

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Conference

Towards Robustness of Data-Driven Predictive Control for Building Energy Flexibility Applications

2020; Building Simulation and Optimization 2020, United Kingdom (excluding Northern Ireland); Anjukan Kathirgamanathan, Mattia De Rosa, Eleni Mangina and Donal P. Finn

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Journal

On the assessment and control optimisation of demand response programs in residential buildings

2020; Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews; Pallonetto F, De Rosa M, D’Ettorre F, Finn D

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Journal

Cool Roof Impact on Building Energy Need: The Role of Thermal Insulation with Varying Climate Conditions

2019; Energies; Cristina Piselli, Anna Laura Pisello, Mohammad Saffari, Alvaro de Gracia, Franco Cotana and Luisa F. Cabeza

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Journal

Mapping the energy flexibility potential of single buildings equipped with optimally-controlled heat pump, gas boilers and thermal storage

2019; Sustainable Cities and Society; D'Ettorre F, De Rosa M, Conti P, Testi D, Finn D

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Conference

Multi-objective optimisation of an active distribution system using normalised normal constraint method

2019; IEEE PowerTech 2019, Italy; M. Saffari, M.S. Misaghian, M. Kia, V. Vahidinasab, D. Flynn, M. Lofti, M. Shafie-khah, J.P.S. Catalão

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Conference

Energy assessment of hybrid heat pump systems as a retrofit measure in residential housing stock

2019; 13th REHVA World Congress CLIMA 2019, Romania; D. Keogh, M. Saffari, M. de Rosa, D. P. Finn

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Journal

Investment analysis of gas-turbine combined heat and power systems for commercial buildings under different climatic and market scenarios

2019; Energy Conversion and Management; M. Carragher, M. De Rosa, A. Kathirgamanathan, D.P. Finn

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Conference

Next Generation Building and District Metrics to Enable Energy Systems Integration

2016; CLIMA 2016: 12th REHVA World Congress, Denmark; Beagon, P., Warren, J., Finn, D. and O'Donnell, J.

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Insights series

Insights Series Paper 6: Simulation and data-driven tools for buildings energy optimisation

2020; Insights Series; Mohammad Saffari et al

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