31 August 2022

White-box Model Predictive Control: Optimal Control and System Integration of Heat Pumps

Model Predictive Control (MPC) has a large sustainability potential for the optimal control of Heating, Ventilation and Air Condition in buildings. This article summarizes some of the main features of MPC, and the advantages and results (including real-life demonstrations) of our particular implementation, which uses detailed physics-based simulations and optimizations of both the building envelope and its HVAC. This research track has been developed at the Thermal Systems Simulation (The SySi) research group of KU Leuven over the past 12 years.