Building energy flexibility analysis: case studies and demonstration

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Building Energy Flexibility and Demand Management


A transition to a renewable energy future with intermittent and fluctuating power generation calls for a paradigm shift in electrical power systems. Enabling this shift requires demand that can be adjusted according to the available power, and this is termed energy flexibility. A wide range of sustainable energy technologies have been developed to achieve flexibility within building energy systems to reduce operating costs, and support the operation of the power grid. This chapter first provides an overview of recent case studies using different technologies to improve building energy flexibility. A case study of a net-zero energy office building is then presented to demonstrate both how to effectively use photovoltaic panels and an electric battery to improve building energy flexibility, and how to quantify the energy flexibility that they can offer. Lastly, the potential of using other energy flexible measures present in the building to enhance energy flexibility is discussed.

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