Specifications for modelling fuel cell and combustion-based residential cogeneration device within whole-building simulation programs

Ian Beausoleil-Morrison, Nick Kelly

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Abstract

This document contains the specifications for a series of residential cogeneration device models developed within IEA/ECBCS Annex 42. The devices covered are: solid oxide and polymer exchange membrane fuel cells (SOFC and PEM), and internal combustion and Stirling engine units (ICE and SE). These models have been developed for use within whole-building simulation programs and one or more of the models described herein have been integrated into the following simulation packages: ESP-r, EnergyPlus, TRNSYS and IDA-ICE. The models have been designed to predict the energy performance of cogeneration devices when integrated into a residential building (dwelling). The models account for thermal performance (dynamic thermal performance in the case of the combustion engine models), electrochemical and combustion reactions where appropriate, along with electrical power output. All of the devices are modelled at levels of detail appropriate for whole-building simulation tools.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages111
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2007

Keywords

  • Annex 42
  • IEA
  • ECBS
  • fuel cells
  • combustion
  • building simulation
  • thermal performance
  • electrochemistry

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