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Filip Jorissen, PhD and Post-Doc at KU Leuven, key member of hybridGEOTABS project consortium, presented Model Predictive Control (MPC) algorithms applied to hybridGEOTABS buildings at the REHVA Brussels Conference, Smart Buildings for Smart Users - Implementing the new EPBD, on 13th November 2018.
MPC can answer to the control challenges posed by smart buildings, where technical building systems have to interact and integrate towards an optimal management of energy use and comfort conditions.
Filip focused on the potential of a white box approach to MPC: the MPC Toolchain currently being developed at KU Leuven will allow a user-friendly set up of MPC algorithms based on building schematics information.
Dr. Jorissen then presented the application of these strategies to one of our case study buildings, Solarwind, where simulation results showed an energy saving potential of MPC of 0ver 50% with respect to traditional rule-based control.
MPC shall replace the existing control system in another of our case study buildings, Infrax, and this will now be measured for anticipated energy savings.
Slides from the presentation can be viewed here: