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Intelligent Energy Storage for Thermal Comfort in Solar-Powered Homes

Project Partners: RMIT University

The majority of solar PV powered homes export a significant component of their generated power. While this power is utilised by other grid connected customers, the grid is constrained in its ability to handle large amounts of export power. To overcome this distribution grid operators either need to invest in capital upgrades or restrict the amount of export through various controls on new PV connections at a cost to the solar owner. Increased self-use allows moreĀ PV to be connected to the grid without such limitations or investments.

Domestic heating, cooling and hot water are large users of electricity and for which energy storage applications are well suited, but which are sensitive to consumer behaviour patterns. It is hypothesised that an integrated and IoT-enabled thermal comfort system with storage will deliver a lower total cost solution for residential customers compared to a battery storage or individual components with storage.

This project is testing a hypothesis that an integrated, internet-of-things enabled thermal comfort system with energy storage will deliver a lower total cost solution for residential customers compared to battery storage alone. It will use operational data from integrated system lab trials and develop a prototype ready for field deployment trials.

Categories: New Technologies

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