Data-driven demand response modeling and control of buildings with Gaussian Processes

Truong X. Nghiem, Colin N. Jones

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This paper presents an approach to provide demand response services with buildings. Each building receives a normalized signal that tells it to increase or decrease its power demand, and the building is free to implement any suitable strategy to follow the command, most likely by changing some of its setpoints. Due to this freedom, the proposed approach lowers the barrier for any buildings equipped with a reasonably functional building management system to participate in the scheme. The response of the buildings to the control signal is modeled by a Gaussian Process, which can predict the power demand of the buildings and also provide a measure of its confidence in the prediction. A battery is included in the system to compensate for this uncertainty and improve the demand response performance of the system. A model predictive controller is developed to optimally control the buildings and the battery, while ensuring their operational constraints with high probability. Our approach is validated by realistic co-simulations between Matlab and the building energy simulator EnergyPlus.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2017 American Control Conference, ACC 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781509059928
StatePublished - Jun 29 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event2017 American Control Conference, ACC 2017 - Seattle, United States
Duration: May 24 2017May 26 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings of the American Control Conference
ISSN (Print)0743-1619


Conference2017 American Control Conference, ACC 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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