Thermostat Controlled Loads Flexibility Assessment for Enabling Load Shifting – An Experimental Proof in a Low Voltage Grid

Venkatachalam Lakshmanan, Mattia Marinelli, Anna M. Kosek

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Abstract

This paper investigates the usability of thermostat controlled domestic appliances for load shift in LV distribution grids. The proposed method uses refrigerators for the demonstration of adaptive load prediction to estimate its flexibility and perform scheduling based on load threshold limit. Two 1-week long experiments with real-time fridge measurements from 10 real households are conducted to observe the usability of domestic thermostat controlled loads in solving issues by load shift. The experimental results show that the total threshold crossing time is reduced by 37.48% with energy reduction by 17 kWh and an increase in the average cold chamber temperature by 1.7°C. The control flexibility of loads increases from 22.5% to 54% by bypassing their thermostat. Based on the results, we can conclude that thermostat controlled appliances can be used for load shifting without compromising the user comfort expressed by the temperature limits.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 52nd International Universities Power Engineering Conference
Number of pages6
PublisherIEEE
Publication date2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event52nd International Universities' Power Engineering Conference - Heraklion, Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 28 Aug 201731 Aug 2017
Conference number: 52
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Conference

Conference52nd International Universities' Power Engineering Conference
Number52
LocationHeraklion
CountryGreece
CityHeraklion
Period28/08/201731/08/2017
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Keywords

  • Demand response
  • Flexibility
  • Load shifting
  • Refrigerators
  • Smart grid
  • Thermostat controlled loads

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