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Enhancing the efficiency of electricity utilization through home energy management systems within the smart grid framework

Author(s): Mendes, Tiago Daniel Penedo

Date: 2016

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Origin: uBibliorum

Project/scholarship: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/FCT/5876-PPCDTI/118519/PT ; info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/FCT/5876/147282/PT;

Subject(s): Rede eléctrica - Protocolos de comunicação; Rede eléctrica - Eficiência energética; Rede eléctrica - Veículo eléctrico; Gestão energética - Habitação residencial; Domínio/Área Científica::Engenharia e Tecnologia::Outras Engenharias e Tecnologias; Domínio/Área Científica::Engenharia e Tecnologia::Outras Engenharias e Tecnologias; Domínio/Área Científica::Engenharia e Tecnologia::Outras Engenharias e Tecnologias


The concept behind smart grids is the aggregation of “intelligence” into the grid, whether through communication systems technologies that allow broadcast/data reception in real-time, or through monitoring and systems control in an autonomous way. With respect to the technological advancements, in recent years there has been a significant increment in devices and new strategies for the implementation of smart buildings/homes, due to the growing awareness of society in relation to environmental concerns and higher energy costs, so that energy efficiency improvements can provide real gains within modern society. In this perspective, the end-users are seen as active players with the ability to manage their energy resources, for example, microproduction units, domestic loads, electric vehicles and their participation in demand response events. This thesis is focused on identifying application areas where such technologies could bring benefits for their applicability, such as the case of wireless networks, considering the positive and negative points of each protocol available in the market. Moreover, this thesis provides an evaluation of dynamic prices of electricity and peak power, using as an example a system with electric vehicles and energy storage, supported by mixed-integer linear programming, within residential energy management. This thesis will also develop a power measuring prototype designed to process and determine the main electrical measurements and quantify the electrical load connected to a low voltage alternating current system. Finally, two cases studies are proposed regarding the application of model predictive control and thermal regulation for domestic applications with cooling requirements, allowing to minimize energy consumption, considering the restrictions of demand, load and acclimatization in the system.

Document Type Doctoral thesis
Language English
Advisor(s) Catalão, João Paulo da Silva; Matias, João Carlos de Oliveira
Contributor(s) Mendes, Tiago Daniel Penedo
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