Secondary Frequency Control with Aggregations of Controllable Commercial Buildings Share Share

For her Master’s thesis, Fengtian Zhu focused on developing a strategy to use groups of commercial buildings to provide secondary control power, which is used to balance short-term discrepancies between power supply and demand.


Since they are large power consumers, there is a strong motivation to integrate commercial buildings into strategies to stabilize entire portions of the power grid. Her work shows how this can be achieved by exploiting the buildings’ thermal storage capacity and optimizing the power consumption of their heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.


Fengtian Zhu


ETHZ – Zurich


18 March 2013
13 September 2013


Maher Kayal