The research activity addresses the energy flexibility provided by both residential and industrial buildings. The buildings energy demand is indeed about 40% of the total energy demand, thus a great attention is paid to its reduction. Furthermore, given that buildings provide energy storage through building thermal inertia and through external devices (e.g. water tanks) related to heating and cooling systems, buildings can provide energy flexibility to be exploited in order to increase the efficiency of the overall energy system. In particular, when the thermal demand is provided by devices driven electrically, such as heat pumps, buildings can have an important role in the context of smart grids. They can participate by means of heat pumps in Demand Response (DR) programs aimed to modify the energy demand on the basis of grid requests implemented through price signals.
The research deals with theoretical and practical analysis of the above mentioned systems. Simulation models to quantify buildings energy flexibility and the dynamic behavior of one or aggregated buildings for demand side management strategies are developed. Among the activities performed:
• Analysis and optimization of integrated systems (several devices, multi energy-multi vector systems)
• Optimal control
• Integration of optimal control and optimal design
• Assessment of DSM strategy in single or aggregated buildings
• Heat pumps performance analysis in the context of DR

  1. A. Arteconi, N.J. Hewitt, F. Polonara, State of the art of thermal storage for demand side management, Applied Energy, vol. 93, pp. 371-389, 2012, ISSN:0306-2619, doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2011.12.045
  2. A. Arteconi, N.J. Hewitt, F. Polonara, Domestic Demand-Side Management (DSM): Role of Heat Pumps and Thermal Energy Storage (TES) systems, Applied Thermal Engineering, vol. 51, pp. 155-165, 2013, ISSN: 1359-4311, doi:10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2012.09.023
  3. A. Arteconi, D. Costola, P. Hoes, J.L.M. Hensen, Analysis of control strategies for thermally activated building systems under demand side management mechanisms, Energy and Buildings, Volume 80, pp. 384-393, 2014, ISSN: 03787788, DOI: 10.1016/j.enbuild.2014.05.053
  4. D. Patteeuw, K. Bruninx, A. Arteconi, E. Delarue, W. D’haeseleer, L. Helsen, Integrated modeling of active demand response with electric heating systems coupled to thermal energy storage systems, Applied Energy (2015), Volume 151, pp. 306-319, ISSN: 03062619, DOI:10.1016/j.apenergy.2015.04.014
  5. A. Arteconi, D. Patteeuw, K. Bruninx, E. Delarue, W. D’haeseleer, L. Helsen, Active demand response with electric heating systems: impact of market penetration, Applied Energy 177 (2016) 636–648, ISSN: 03062619, Doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2016.05.146
  6. A. Arteconi, E. Ciarrocchi, Q. Pan, F. Carducci, G. Comodi, F. Polonara, R. Wang, Thermal energy storage coupled with PV panels for demand side management of industrial building cooling loads, Applied Energy 185 (2017) 1984–1993, ISSN: 03062619, doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2016.01.025
  7. F. Ferracuti, A. Fonti, L. Ciabattoni, S. Pizzuti, A. Arteconi, L. Helsen, G. Comodi, Data-driven models for short-term thermal behaviour prediction in real buildings, Applied Energy Vol 204, 15 October 2017, Pages 1375-1387,
  8. D. Patteeuw, G.P. Henze, A. Arteconi, C.D. Corbin, L. Helsen, Clustering a building stock towards representative buildings in the context of air-conditioning electricity demand flexibility, Journal of building performance simulations, 2019, vol 12 issue 1, pp. 56-67, ISSN: 1940-1493, DOI: 10.1080/19401493.2018.1470202
  9. A. Arteconi, F. Polonara, Assessing the Demand Side Management Potential and the Energy Flexibility of Heat Pumps in Buildings, Energies 2018, 11(7), 1846; ISSN: 1996-1073, doi: 10.3390/en11071846
  10. G. Coccia, P. D’Agaro, G. Cortella, F. Polonara, A. Arteconi, Demand side management analysis of a supermarket integrated HVAC, refrigeration and water loop heat pump system, Applied Thermal Engineering, In Press,
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