Residential buildings in Canada and the United States are responsible for approximately 20% of secondary energy consumption. Over the past 25 years, air conditioning has seen the single largest increase of any residential end use. This load currently places a significant peak load on the electrical grid during later afternoon periods during the cooling season. One method to reduce or eliminate this peak load being placed in the grid is the use of a chiller coupled with a thermal storage system. The chiller operates during off-peak periods, predominately over-night to charge the thermal storage tank, and the stored cooling potential is realized to meet the cooling loads during peak periods. In previous studies, the use of a chiller has seen a reduction in annual operating costs, however a significant increase in energy occurs as a result of decreased performance of the chiller. To improve system performance, a new control scheme was developed, which uses the forecasted daily high for the next day to predict the cooling load for the day during peak periods for the day. The predicted cooling load is then used as the set-point for the cold thermal storage tank, allowing the peak cooling load to be met using stored cooling potential. This control scheme was implemented into a modelled house located in each of the 7 major ASHRAE zones, with a storage tank with a previously found optimal tank volume. Across each of the locations, a reduction in annual utility costs and overall energy required to meet the building loads observed, with the total cost savings between 0.3% and 1.5% and total electricity required to meet the cooling demand decreasing by as much as 10.2%.
ASME 2018 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2018
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Baldwin, C. (Christopher), & Cruickshank, C. (2018). Using forecasted daily maximum temperatures to control a chiller thermal storage system. In ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Proceedings (IMECE). doi:10.1115/IMECE2018-88307