Improvement of refrigeration efficiency by combining reinforcement learning with a coarse model

Dapeng Zhang, Zhiwei Gao*

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Abstract

It is paramount to improve operational conversion efficiency in air-conditioning refrigeration. It is noticed that control efficiency for model-based methods highly relies on the accuracy of the mechanism model, and data-driven methods would face challenges using the limited collected data to identify the information beyond. In this study, a hybrid novel approach is presented, which is to integrate a data-driven method with a coarse model. Specifically, reinforcement learning is used to exploit/explore the conversion efficiency of the refrigeration, and a coarse model is utilized to evaluate the reward, by which the requirement of the model accuracy is reduced and the model information is better used. The proposed approach is implemented based on a hierarchical control strategy which is divided into a process level and a loop level. The simulation of a test bed shows the proposed approach can achieve better conversion efficiency of refrigeration than the conventional methods.

Original languageEnglish
Article number967
Number of pages19
JournalProcesses
Volume7
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 Dec 2019

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