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