EBC Annex 42
The Simulation of Building-Integrated Fuel Cell and Other Cogeneration Systems (COGEN-SIM)
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Status: Completed (2003 - 2007)

Operating Agent

Dr. Ian Beausoleil-Morrison
CANMET Energy Technology Centre
Natural Resources Canada
580 Booth Street, 13th Floor
Ottawa K1A 0E4
CANADA
Tel: +1 613 943 2262
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Overview

This international research project focussed on the modelling of fuel cell and other cogeneration technologies in the built environment.

Its objectives included:

  • the characterisation of occupant-driven electrical and domestic hot water usage patterns,
  • the development and validation of models of fuel cell and cogeneration technologiesthe integration of these models into existing, publicly available whole-building simulation programs, and
  • the technical, environmental and economic assessment of selected cogeneration applications using the models developed within the project

The project addressed its goals by developing and incorporating cogeneration models within whole-building simulation programs. Emphasis was placed on fuel cell cogeneration systems and technologies suitable for use in new and existing single- and low-rise multi-family residential dwellings. The models were developed at a resolution appropriate for whole-building simulation operating at sub-hourly time-steps.

The overall goal of the project was to develop simulation methods that advance the design, operation, and analysis of residential cogeneration systems.

The project was organised into three research areas:

  • Characterization of cogeneration systems and occupant-driven electrical and domestic hot water usage patterns
  • Development, implementation and validation of cogeneration system models in building simulation programs
  • Technical, environmental and economic assessment of selected cogeneration applications using the developed models

Participants

Belgium, Canada, Finland, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway,Switzerland, United Kingdom, USA

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