The influence of energy conservation on the performance of solar thermal systems - A cold country case study
2012 (English)In: 1st International Conference On Solar Heating And Cooling For Buildings And Industry (SHC 2012), Elsevier, 2012, 1069-1078 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
The European Union has set a goal that the energy use in the built environment shall be reduced by 41 % to the year 2050 compared to 2005-2006. This could introduce new opportunities for solar thermal systems in cold countries. In such countries, like Sweden and Canada, the economy in solar thermal collector installation projects is often spoiled by the fact that most of heating energy demand of the building occurs during periods when the available solar energy is low. The present paper investigates the performance of solar thermal systems subjected to different quota between space heating and domestic hot water demand (DHW). This study investigates the performance of a solar thermal system integrated to four different buildings with varying heating loads in two different locations, Sweden and Canada. Models of single family houses are created which are able to simulate the total heating demand with different heating demand profiles but the same DHW demand. Simulations are performed in TRNSYS, an advanced tool used to simulate transient systems. Results indicate that solar combisystems tend to generate more useful energy and therefore be more cost effective when installed in buildings with higher heating demands.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2012. 1069-1078 p.
, Energy Procedia, ISSN 1876-6102 ; 30
Solar thermal collector, economical opportunity, energy conservation
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-133506DOI: 10.1016/j.egypro.2012.11.120ISI: 000322163100119ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84897096693OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-133506DiVA: diva2:662076
1st International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry (SHC), JUL 09-11, 2012, San Francisco, CA
QC 201311062013-11-062013-11-062013-11-06Bibliographically approved