Predicting and mobilising energy flexibility in intelligent buildings

Morten Herget Christensen

Research output: Book/ReportPh.D. thesisResearch


The project is an Industrial PhD project funded by Balslev Consulting Engineers A/S and Innovationsfonden under the Indsutrial Research Programme. An extensive part of the work is done in close collaboration with EnergyLab Nordhavn.
The intelligent building is of major importance to the transition towards renewable energy. It is estimated that up to 40% of the energy consumption in Denmark are used in the building stock. Moreover, the average lifetime of buildings are so far-reaching, that dispositions made in the present will have consequences far into the future. Mobilizing flexibility in energy consumption and production in the buildings will help increase the amount of renewable energy that can be accommodated in the energy systems. Relying on unused capacity, as in the case of the buildings, it will help reduce marginal costs of renewable energy for the benefit of the Danish society in general.
The unique experimental platform that EnergyLab Nordhavn offers the PhD project will help quantifying the possible value that can be harvested and ensuring that a huge amount of empirical data from local energy production and consumption is available for analysis. The EnergyLab Nordhavn platform will also provide the technical and legal infrastructure in terms of a demonstration platform that will allow the methods and solution developed in this PhD project to be tested in real world applications.
This PhD project will investigate to what degree it is possible to predict / forecast user behaviour with regards to energy consumption, and how this predictability in energy consumption can be used for a more resource optimal building management. With a holistic understanding of the building and its technological context and due focus on the end-user, the project will help bridge the technology gap that often forms between technologically “optimal” solutions and actual usage of these solutions. Energy consumption in buildings is highly dependent on user actions and the ability to predict this will give new insight to how we can build and operate truly smarter buildings in the future, buildings that satisfy actual user needs, from both the end-user people and the end-user energy systems.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherTechnical University of Denmark
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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