Model-based optimal design of active cool thermal energy storage for maximal life-cycle cost saving from demand management in commercial buildings

Borui Cui, Dian ce Gao, Fu Xiao, Shengwei Wang

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Active storage is capable of shifting peak demand for peak load management (PLM) as well as providing longer duration and larger capacity for demand response (DR). In this research, a model-based optimal design method using genetic algorithm is developed to optimize the capacity of active CTES for maximizing the life-cycle cost saving including capital cost associated with storage capacity as well as incentives from both fast DR and PLM. In the method, the active CTES operates under a fast DR control strategy during DR events and under the storage-priority operation mode to shift peak demand during normal days. The optimal storage capacities, maximum annual net cost saving and corresponding power reduction set-points during DR events are obtained by using the proposed optimal design method. This research provides guidance in comprehensive evaluation of the cost-saving potential of active CTES integrated with HVAC system for building demand management including both fast DR and PLM.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)382-396
Number of pages15
JournalApplied Energy
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017


  • Active cool thermal energy storage
  • Building demand management
  • Demand response
  • Genetic algorithm
  • Peak load management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Energy(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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