Grey-box Modeling for System Identification of Household Refrigerators: a Step Toward Smart Appliances

Giuseppe Tommaso Costanzo, Fabrizio Sossan, Mattia Marinelli, Peder Bacher, Henrik Madsen

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This paper presents the grey-box modeling of a vapor-compression refrigeration system for residential applications based on maximum likelihood estimation of parameters in stochastic differential equations. Models obtained are useful in the view of controlling refrigerators as flexible consumption units, which operation can be shifted within temperature and operational constraints. Even if the refrigerators are not intended to be used as smart loads, validated models are useful in predicting units consumption. This information can increase the optimality of the management of other flexible units, such as heat pumps for space heating, in order to smooth the load factor during peak hours, enhance reliability and efficiency in power networks and reduce operational costs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of IEEE 4th International Youth Conference on Energy
Number of pages5
Publication date2013
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event4th International Youth Conference on Energy 2013 - Siofok, Hungary
Duration: 6 Jun 20138 Jun 2013


Conference4th International Youth Conference on Energy 2013


  • Refrigerators
  • Stochastic processes
  • System identification
  • Load shifting

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