The transformation of the building energy sector to a highly efficient, clean, decentralised and intelligent system requires innovative technologies like microscale trigeneration and thermally activated building structures (TABS) to pave the way ahead. The combination of such technologies however presents a scientific and engineering challenge. Scientific challenge in terms of developing optimal thermo-electric load management strategies based on overall energy system analysis and an engineering challenge in terms of implementing these strategies through process planning and control. Initial literature research has pointed out the need for a multiperspective analysis in a real life laboratory environment. To this effect an investigation is proposed wherein an analytical model of a microscale trigeneration system integrated with TABS will be developed and compared with a real life test-rig corresponding to building management systems. Data from the experimental analysis will be used to develop control algorithms using model predictive control for achieving the thermal comfort of occupants in the most energy efficient and grid reactive manner.
The scope of this work encompasses adsorption cooling based microscale trigeneration systems and their deployment in residential and light commercial buildings.