Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF)
ASHRAE Technical Committee 8.7

Meetings Information

Monday, January 25, 8:00 AM-9:30 AM

Demand Response Using Variable Refrigerant Flow Systems

Track: Systems and Equipment
Sponsor: 08.07 Variable Refrigerant Flow

Chair: Harshal Upadhye, Electric Power Research Institute, Knoxville, TN

Demand response (DR) is defined as changes in electric usage from their normal patterns for the benefit of electrical grid in lieu of financial incentives by utility companies. Traditional DR mostly turns off the HVAC system completely or changes thermostats settings. Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) systems with their superior controls on compressors, fans and expansion valves can provide the kW reduction with minimal impact on customer comfort. This seminar provides an overview of DR capabilities of VRF systems and the benefits of providing DR with such systems.

1. How VRF Systems Can Help the Integrated Grid
Ron Domitrovic, Ph.D., Member, Electric Power Research Institute, Knoxville, TN

2. Potential for Demand Response Using VRF Systems
Bach Tsan, P.E., Southern California Edison, Rosemead, CA

3. For Demand Response, VRF Is More Than On or Off
Paul Doppel, Mitsubishi Electric, Suwanee, GA

4. VRF Demand Response: Review of Global Case Studies and Results and Future Opportunities
Chris Bellshaw, Member, Daikin, Carrollton, TX

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