MatchIT

MatchIT in buildings

MatchIT
We propose an interdisciplinary framework that uses innovative control methods and intelligent automated techniques to improve the demand/supply matching that are acceptable to end-users.

MatchIT – Efficient demand and supply matching by incentivizing end-users in buildings 

Why

Smart grids promise a formation of a reliable electricity infrastructure that can meet demand with a high security of supply under possibly varying and affordable prices. While the energy is generated in a distributed fashion using solar panels, wind turbines and combined heat-power systems, it can be also stored, for example, using batteries. For such formation to be realized, an electricity infrastructure linking households, commercial buildings and industrial buildings needs control options and interventions that are efficient, intelligent and socially acceptable. Such options and interventions require an interdisciplinary approach that integrates multiple technological and social science disciplines.

MatchIT Goals

We propose an interdisciplinary framework that uses innovative control methods and intelligent automated techniques to improve the demand/supply matching that are acceptable to end-users.

  • We develop distributed control methods that combine financial and social incentives with the physics of the electricity infrastructure in an optimal way.
  • Within the electricity infrastructure, we focus on buildings where sensors collect indoor information.
  • We realize intelligent techniques that use that information and automatically coordinate the use of HVAC and appliances in accordance to the infrastructure situation (congestion, energy prices, control signals) and end-user needs.
  • Here, we examine which and why financial and social incentives are acceptable and effective to promote demand and supply matching among end-users.

Power Matching City

This knowledge provides the means to realize sustainable smart grids in which energy demand is matched to the local supply of energy. We first evaluate our framework in simulated and living-lab settings, and next apply the framework to the “Power Matching City” field lab in the north of the Netherlands.

Involved researcher(s)

Duration

2017-2020

Funding

The project is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

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