This paper proposes a carbon emission responsive building control framework for controlling thermostatically controllable loads such as heat pumps and heat pump water heaters. The control decisions are made in response to the real-time grid carbon emission intensity signals to shift the loads from “unclean” hours to “clean” hours. The resulted energy consumption, energy cost, carbon emissions, and thermal comfort are compared for an all-electric residential community in Basalt, CO.
This work has been published under the title “Carbon Emission Responsive Building Control : A Case Study With an All-Electric Residential Community in a Cold Climate” in the journal Applied Energy. The full paper is available here.
Dr. Jing Wang, the first author of this paper and former member of the SBS Lab, successfully defended her PhD dissertation on “Occupant-centric Modeling and Control for Low-carbon and Resilient Communities” in September 2021. Dr. Jing Wang's research focuses on resilient energy systems, building energy system modeling and control, and building-to-grid integration. For more insight about Dr. Wang's scholarly work please refer to this page.