The Heat and Mass Transfer Technological Center (CTTC UPC) has taken part in a European project entitled EIT-KIC InnoEnergy DCCS (Dwelling Climate Control System), in which a climate control system for dwellings was developed that is comprehensive, easy to use and affordable. The aim was to attain smart control of heating and cooling systems and ventilation, reduce energy consumption to a minimum and maintain thermal comfort and air quality.
As part of this project, the CTTC UPC has developed a virtual thermal-fluid model for a real dwelling in the Netherlands, using its NEST-Building platform for simulating systems; object-oriented parallel software designed to simulate any building due to its modularity. Using this model, the following can be simulated rapidly in detail: a map of temperatures for the entire building, the CO2 concentration in all dwellings and in the ventilation system, and the thermal load. The model has been used a test bank for advanced control algorithms developed in the project.