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A Control Methodology for Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) in Heat Networks with Distributed Generation

Jones, Sean Rhys; Beardmore, John; Gillott, Mark; Boukhanouf, Rabah; Walker, Gavin


Sean Rhys Jones

John Beardmore

Professor of Sustainable Building Design

The Sir Harry and Lady Djanogly Chair in Sustainable Energy


Reducing building energy consumption is important to achieve sustainable development, as a result, there is a need to investigate better energy systems with well-designed management infrastructure. At the Creative Energy Homes, a low-temperature heat network with distributed generation links seven properties. The aim of the system is to investigate the efficiency benefits of low-temperature heating, while at the same time testing the prosumer concept. For homeowners to be prosumers, they can buy and sell heat to a network. This system is the first of its kind, and as a result required bespoke Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS). This paper focuses on the hardware, software, and system operation used as part of project SCENIC (Smart Controlled Energy Networks Integrated in Communities). The project utilises a simple and cheap hardware configuration involving relays, IO boards and RaspberryPi microcomputers. An open-source Building energy Management System (oBeMS) platform is used for monitoring and control.


Jones, S. R., Beardmore, J., Gillott, M., Boukhanouf, R., & Walker, G. (2018). A Control Methodology for Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) in Heat Networks with Distributed Generation. Energy Procedia, 153, 295-302.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 9, 2018
Online Publication Date Nov 12, 2018
Publication Date 2018-10
Deposit Date Nov 26, 2018
Publicly Available Date Nov 27, 2018
Journal Energy Procedia
Print ISSN 1876-6102
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 153
Pages 295-302
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