Demand response events in district heating : Results from field tests in a university building

Asit Kumar Mishra*, Juha Jokisalo, Risto Kosonen, Tuomas Kinnunen, Matias Ekkerhaugen, Heikki Ihasalo, Kristian Martin

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Demand side management will play a major role in future energy systems. However, while they have been explored in some depth for electricity grids, a similar progress has not been made for district heating networks (DHN). To this end, the current work field-tested the effect of demand side management, in the form of price based, demand response (DR) events, in the DHN catering to a university building. Responding to variations in a pricing model, the temperature of inlet water was varied from the heating water substation. Using combinations of parameters, 11 different DR scenarios were executed. To gauge the effect of the DR interventions, inlet water temperature, room air temperature, and occupant satisfaction were monitored. Depending on the constraints imposed, significant variations in the inlet water temperature and peaks and drops in the room air temperature were noted. The different DR scenarios did not greatly alter occupant satisfaction levels. The study was able to provide useful data from field tests of DR events in a DHN. The data also showed that price based DR events may be triggered and executed without significantly impacting occupant satisfaction with thermal comfort of the premises.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101481
Number of pages13
JournalSustainable Cities and Society
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Demand response
  • District heating
  • Field study
  • Smart grid
  • Thermal comfort

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