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A feasibility study for the development of sustainable theoretical framework for smart air-conditioning

Oye, Tosin Taiye


Tosin Taiye Oye


Air-conditioning as a technical solution to protect inhabitants from excessive heat exposure creates the challenge of expanding global warming and climate change. While air-conditioning has mostly been applied as an improvement to living conditions, health and environmental problems associated with its use frequently occur. Therefore, this study challenges and extends existing knowledge on sustainability-related to smart air-conditioning systems, where social, environmental and economic dynamics were considered. For instance, when exploring renewable-based options, advanced smart control techniques and profitability measures of air-conditioning reinforce the three pillars of sustainability. In addition to eradicating indoor health effects, this also helps to combat climate change through the system’s sustainability.

As an exercise in conceptual modelling, the principal component analysis accounts for sustainable planning and its integration into the theoretical framework. The newly proposed photovoltaic solar air-conditioning was optimised using Polysun to demonstrate the significant application of solar energy in air-conditioning systems, thereby reducing the level of energy consumption and carbon emissions. The newly proposed fuzzy proportional-integral-derivative controller and backpropagation neural network were optimised using Matlab to control the indoor temperature and CO2 level appropriately. The controller of the indoor environment was designed, and the proportional-integral-derivative control was utilised as a result of its suitability. The smart controllers were designed to regulate the parameters automatically to ensure an optimised control output.

The performance of photovoltaic solar air-conditioning in different temperate climates of Rome, Toulouse and London districts achieved a higher coefficient of performance of 3.37, 3.69 and 3.97, respectively. The system saved significant amount of energy and carbon emissions. The indoor temperature and indoor CO2 possess an appropriate time constant and settling time, respectively. The profitability assessment of the system revealed its adequate efficiency with an overall payback period of 5.5 years.

Thesis Type Thesis
Deposit Date Nov 10, 2022
Publicly Available Date Nov 10, 2022
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Award Date Jul 7, 2022


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