Identifying the potential for control of domestic and commercial thermal loads as a demand management and reserve provision measures.
Strand Lead: Dr Donal Finn
Power system control has traditionally involved balancing large-scale generation against a variable system demand profile. With advances in communications technology and the widespread introduction of smart metering, home area networks, etc., past assumptions of a largely uncontrollable load will change. Moreover, new loads, such as heat pumps and electric vehicles, will become increasingly pervasive, as well as opportunities for distributed thermal storage devices. From a power system perspective, the nature of these devices, as well as other controllable loads needs to be fully understood and characterised. Within this strand, the potential of different demand response strategies to various electric and thermal loads in building applications will be evaluated. Both residential and commercial building sectors will be considered. The stochastic nature of these optimisation problems stretches the analysis capabilities of existing tools, so focus will also be placed on expanding their functionality.