Model Identification for Control of Display Units in Supermarket Refrigeration Systems

Niamh O'Connell, Henrik Madsen, Philip Hvidthøft Delff Andersen, Pierre Pinson, Mark O'Malley

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In this paper we propose a method for identifying and validating a model of the heat dynamics of a supermarket refrigeration display case for the purpose of advanced control. The model is established to facilitate the development of novel model-based control techniques for individual display units in a supermarket refrigeration system. The grey-box modelling approach is adopted, using stochastic differential equations to define the dynamics of the model, combining prior knowledge of the physical system with data-driven modelling. Model identification is performed using the forward selection method, and the performance of candidate models is evaluated through cross-validation.The model developed in this work uses operational data from a small Danish supermarket. A three-state model is determined to be most appropriate for describing the dynamics of this system. Advanced local control employing the identified model can contribute to the extension of the control capabilities of the entire supermarket refrigeration system.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationKgs. Lyngby
PublisherTechnical University of Denmark
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2014
SeriesDTU Compute Technical Report-2014

Bibliographical note

This report is part of the CITIES project.


  • Grey-Box Modelling
  • System Identification
  • Model-Based Control
  • Demand Response
  • Semi-Physical Modelling
  • Refrigeration


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