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Rapid Deployment of Optimal Control for Building HVAC Systems using Innovative Software Tools and a Hybrid Heuristic/Model Based Control Approach

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Technical Report,01 Jun 2014,31 Mar 2017

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Brightbox Technologies Berkeley United States

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ESTCP project EW-201409 aimed at demonstrating the benefits of innovative software technology for building HVAC systems. These benefits included reduced system energy use and cost as well as improved performance driven by autonomous commissioning and optimized system control. In the end, while many individual elements of the project were completed successfully, the project as a whole was not able to successfully demonstrate the technology.Anecdotal evidence, academic studies, and system simulations demonstrate the importance and capacity for best-in-class control solutions to improve system performance and reduce energy use and cost. However, implementing these solutions into the extremely heterogeneous and often malfunctioning or misconfigured HVAC systems in real operating buildings poses a major challenge to reaping the benefits promised by advanced control.

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  • Air Conditioning, Heating, Lighting and Ventilating
  • Non-electrical Energy Conversion

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