This paper presents a multivariable Newton-based extremum seeking control (ESC) scheme for efficient operation of a chilled-water plant. A modelica-based dynamic simulation model of the chilled-water plant consists of one screw chiller and one counter-flow cooling tower was adopted for evaluation of proposed two-input Newton-based ESC controller. The ESC controller takes the total power of the chiller compressor, the cooling-tower fan, and the condenser water (CW) pump as feedback signal and discovers the optimum outputs of cooling-tower fan speed and the condenser-loop water flow rate to maximize the power efficiency in real time with the cooling load being satisfied. Remarkable energy saving is observed for several testing conditions.

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