Mean-field control for energy efficient buildings

Kun Deng, Prabir Barooah, Prashant G. Mehta

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In this paper, we consider the problem of distributed set-point temperature regulation in a large building. With a large number of zones, the problem becomes intractable with standard control approaches due to the large state space dimension of the dynamic model. To mitigate complexity, we develop here a mean-field control approach applicable to large-scale control problems in buildings. The mean-field here represents the net effect of the entire building envelope on any individual zone. Rather than solving the large-scale centralized problem, we explore distributed game-theoretic solution approaches that work by optimizing with respect to the mean-field. The methodology is illustrated with a numerical example in a simulation environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2012 American Control Conference, ACC 2012
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2012
Event2012 American Control Conference, ACC 2012 - Montreal, QC, Canada
Duration: Jun 27 2012Jun 29 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings of the American Control Conference
ISSN (Print)0743-1619


Other2012 American Control Conference, ACC 2012
CityMontreal, QC

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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