Special Issue "Smart Buildings for Sustainable and Resilient Power Grids"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "Energy and Buildings".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Samy Faddel
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Smart Infrastructure Data Analytics Lab, University of Central Florida, 4353 Scorpius St., Orlando, FL 32816, USA
Interests: grid-interactive buildings; building flexibility analysis; demand response

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is a widely accepted fact that active participation of buildings is a key part of future smart grids. Efficient operation of buildings can result in substantial energy savings for building managers. It can also provide a powerful tool for utility operators. However, harnessing the full potential of buildings is particularly challenging due to the many uncertainties associated with their modeling and operation. In addition, the emergence of buildings as prosumers adds more complexity to the grid operation. 

This Special Issue will focus on the modeling and optimal operation of different types of buildings. We would like to invite you to contribute your articles documenting recent results on the efficient operation of buildings and building–grid interactions. We accept unpublished research, case studies, and review articles on this general topic. We cordially ask you to clearly discuss how a given modeling/control/optimization technique will contribute to harnessing the full potential of buildings.

Dr. Samy Faddel
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • Buildings 
  • Renewable energy 
  • Energy storage 
  • Flexibility
  • Demand response 
  • Grid services

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Decentralized Management of Commercial HVAC Systems
Energies 2021, 14(11), 3024; https://doi.org/10.3390/en14113024 - 24 May 2021
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With the growth of commercial building sizes, it is more beneficial to make them “smart” by controlling the schedule of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system adaptively. Single-building-based scheduling methods are more focused on individual interests and usually result in overlapped [...] Read more.
With the growth of commercial building sizes, it is more beneficial to make them “smart” by controlling the schedule of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system adaptively. Single-building-based scheduling methods are more focused on individual interests and usually result in overlapped schedules that can cause voltage deviations in their microgrid. This paper proposes a decentralized management framework that is able to minimize the total electricity costs of a commercial microgrid and limit the voltage deviations. The proposed scheme is a two-level optimization where the lower level ensures the thermal comfort inside the buildings while the upper level consider system-wise constraints and costs. The decentralization of the framework is able to maintain the privacy of individual buildings. Multiple data-driven building models are developed and compared. The effect of the building modeling on the overall operation of coordinated buildings is discussed. The proposed framework is validated on a modified IEEE 13-bus system with different connected types of commercial buildings. The results show that coordinated optimization outperforms the commonly used commercial controller and individual optimization of buildings. The results also show that the total costs are greatly affected by the building modeling. Full article
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Dear Colleagues,

It is a widely accepted fact that active participation of buildings is a key part of future smart grids. Efficient operation of buildings can result in substantial energy savings for building managers. It can also provide a powerful tool for utility operators. However, harnessing the full potential of buildings is particularly challenging due to the many uncertainties associated with their modeling and operation. In addition, the emergence of buildings as prosumers adds more complexity to the grid operation. 

This Special Issue will focus on the modeling and optimal operation of different types of buildings. We would like to invite you to contribute your articles documenting recent results on the efficient operation of buildings and building–grid interactions. We accept unpublished research, case studies, and review articles on this general topic. We cordially ask you to clearly discuss how a given modeling/control/optimization technique will contribute to harnessing the full potential of buildings.

Dr. Samy Faddel
Guest Editor

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