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Domestic demand-side management (DSM): Role of heat pumps and thermal energy storage (TES) systems

Arteconi, A, Hewitt, NJ and Polonara, F (2013) Domestic demand-side management (DSM): Role of heat pumps and thermal energy storage (TES) systems. Applied Thermal Engineering, 51 . pp. 155-165. [Journal article]

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URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2012.09.023

DOI: 10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2012.09.023


Heatpumps are seen as a promising technology for load management in the built environment, in combination with the smart grid concept. They can be coupled with thermalenergystorage (TES) systems to shift electrical loads from high-peak to off-peak hours, thus serving as a powerful tool in demand-sidemanagement (DSM). This paper analyzes heatpumps with radiators or underfloor heating distribution systems coupled with TES with a view to showing how a heatpumpsystem behaves and how it influences the building occupants' thermal comfort under a DSM strategy designed to flatten the shape of the electricity load curve by switching off the heatpump during peak hours (16:00–19:00). The reference scenario for the analysis was Northern Ireland (UK). The results showed that the heatpump is a good tool for the purposes of DSM, also thanks to the use of TESsystems, in particular with heating distribution systems that have a low thermal inertia, e.g. radiators. It proved possible to achieve a good control of the indoor temperature, even if the heatpump was turned off for 3 h, and to reduce the electricity bill if a “time of use” tariff structure was adopted.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Demand-side management, Heat pumps, Load Shifting, Thermal Storage
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > School of the Built Environment
Research Institutes and Groups:Built Environment Research Institute > Centre for Sustainable Technologies (CST)
Built Environment Research Institute
ID Code:23894
Deposited By: Mrs Sadie Magee
Deposited On:31 Oct 2012 09:59
Last Modified:31 Oct 2012 09:59

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