Adaptive Control for Flow and Volume Regulation in Multi-Producer District Heating Systems

Juan E. Machado, Michele Cucuzzella*, Nina Pronk, Jacquelien M. A. Scherpen

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Flow and storage volume regulation is essential for the adequate transport and management of energy resources in district heating systems. In this letter, we propose a novel and suitably tailored-decentralized-adaptive control scheme addressing this problem whilst offering closed-loop stability guarantees. We focus on a system configuration comprising multiple heat producers, consumers and storage tanks exchanging energy through a common distribution network, which are features of modern and prospective district heating installations. The proposed controller is based on passivity, backstepping and (indirect) adaptive control theory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)794-799
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Control Systems Letters
Early online date4-Jun-2021
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Distribution networks
  • Water heating
  • Regulation
  • Valves
  • Mathematical model
  • Topology
  • Junctions
  • Adaptive control
  • energy systems
  • uncertain systems

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