Optimising the total cost of owning and operating centralised chilled water plants

Supervisors

Dr Ben Cheng and Dr Toh Yen Pang (RMIT)

Richard Phillips and Iain Stewart (Exergenics)

The project

Traditional chiller equipment operation optimisation focuses on short term gains. However, this can be at the detriment to long term equipment lifecycle cost. By investigating the nexus between energy efficiency, peak demand, equipment performance, equipment degradation profiles, maintenance, CAPEX and OPEX expenditure, there is significant opportunity to improve the current and future energy productivity of these systems.

This PhD project will address the effects of maintenance and operation, load and run time on the expected life of a chiller and their impact on the total cost of ownership. Given the 20–25-year lifecycle of chillers, the PhD project will include the effect of wider factors such as market shifts towards renewable energy sources and environmental changes such as global warming, which are directly affecting the operation of chillers.

The successful applicant will work closely with the research partner on the PhD project and will undergo a 2 day commercialisation training.

RESEARCH PARTNER

INDUSTRY PARTNER

EXPECTED START DATE

June 2023

EXPECTED END DATE

June 2026

PROJECT CODE

0391
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