Calibration and validation of a combustion-cogeneration

A. Ferguson, N.J. Kelly, Brent Griffith, Andreas Weber

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This paper describes the calibration and validation of a combustion cogeneration model for whole-building simulation. As part of IEA Annex 42, we proposed a combustion cogeneration model for studying residentialscale cogeneration systems based on both Stirling and internal combustion engines. We implemented this model independently in the EnergyPlus, ESP-r and TRNSYS building simulation programs, and undertook a comprehensive effort to validate the model's predictions. Using established comparative testing and empirical validation principles, we vetted the model's theoretical basis and its software implementations. The results demonstrate acceptable-to-excellent agreement, and suggest the calibrated model can be used with confidence.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2008
EventThe Canadian Building Simulation Conference, eSim 2008 - Quebec City, Canada
Duration: 20 May 200822 May 2008


ConferenceThe Canadian Building Simulation Conference, eSim 2008
CityQuebec City, Canada


  • combustion cogeneration model
  • calibration
  • validation
  • residential scale cogeneration systems


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