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Life performance assessment methodologies for combined solar energy technologies: a case study on system parts in nordic climates
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering.
2007 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

The main questions concerning energy technologies today are their economical and environmental impacts. These entities are (at the present) assessed on the basis that operations proceed as newly installed/designed systems, during an assumed working life period. While this is the common way of perceiving energy systems, performance-over-time will change as an effect of (e.g. material) degradation and not solely of different operation scenarios. How and to what extent, is the question that needs assessing in order to evaluate if these changes will jeopardise the intended system performance requirement. In turn, this pro-active assessment and analysis is in line with today’s performance based directives, laws, regulations and concepts; of which the working life is an essential part.

The main context of the thesis, is a contribution to the Research and Development (R&D) topic on life performance of energy technologies, with papers on a literature review and case study on two system parts: solar collector and ground heat exchanger (borehole); within the energy technology area of combined solar energy technologies/systems utilised in buildings. The thesis specifically presents a general description of requirements on constructed works and their material, components and systems. It also gives an insight to the energy technology R&D and engineering sector, regarding durability and service life assessment methodologies; and also to the durability of constructed works sector, regarding the needs for assessing material degradation in relation to system performance. The case studies presented in the thesis, show how durability of energy technologies may be sought-after, as well as specific knowledge and useful tools, methodologies and test setups for assessing long-term performance of combined solar energy technologies (in this case a solar-assisted heat pump system utilising a building integrated Unglazed Solar Collector and energy storage).

The utilisation of solar collectors and heat pumps (primarily for space and domestic tap water heating) has rapidly increased in Sweden during the last decades. Sweden has today the largest heat pump market in Europe. During recent years, there has also been an increased interest in heating systems that combine heat pumps with solar collectors (glazed and unglazed) and energy storages; with the aim of attaining a system that provides higher energy and greater economical performances than individual solar collector or heat pump systems. If these systems are to be successful they must be economically feasible; placing emphasis on the cost, durability and performance of the system.

The main issue on life performance of energy technologies is how and to what extent, performance reduction in individual materials and components influences the overall system performance; as the essence of energy system sustainability is system performance.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH , 2007. , viii, 70 p.
Keyword [en]
life performance, assessment, combined solar energy technologies, degradation, component and system performance
National Category
Building Technologies
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-4351ISBN: 978-91-7178-635-7OAI: diva2:11926
2007-05-04, Hörsalen, BMG, Södra Sjötullsgatan 3, Gävle, 10:00
QC 20101117Available from: 2007-05-04 Created: 2007-05-04 Last updated: 2010-11-17Bibliographically approved

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