Brower Center MPC Project

Abstract/Project Description

First, some background information:
EnergyPlus is an advanced building energy simulation software developed by LBNL. It can be run in closed-loop with Matlab using the Building Controls Virtual Test Bed (BCVTB).

The Brower Center is a green office building located at the corner of Oxford and Allston. It uses radiant slab systems to facilitate building temperature.

Now, the actual project description:
We are currently in the process of finalizing an EnergyPlus model of the Brower Center for HVAC simulation. The goal is to run experiments of our MPC in closed-loop with the EnergyPlus model to assess its performance. The undergraduate student will be responsible for running these tests and reporting the data in a clear and concise manner.


Recommended Coursework: E7, ME132, basic knowledge of optimization

Required Skills: Matlab

Recommended Skills: Ptolemy, EnergyPlus

Hours per week: 8

Length of Project: 1 semester