The goal of " Building Integration Tutorial" is to present to the public the energy efficiency and environmental attributes of Distributed Generation when they are integrated into the built environment
Distributed Energy Resources (DER), also called Distributed Generation (DG), have the potential to meet a significant portion of increased power demands of the future. DER applications can potentially provide benefits in electrical reliability and power quality, in addition to reducing total energy costs and pollutant emissions, especially in combined cooling, heating and power (CHP) applications. One of the most critical and emerging markets for CHP systems are commercial and institutional buildings. The recently approved National CHP Roadmap has set the following targets for new building capacity:
“The potential for additional CHP is enormous. The goal of this National CHP Roadmap is to add 8 GW of new CHP capacity in buildings by 2010. It is slightly less than 10 percent of the estimated buildings CHP potential in the U.S. (77 GW). Promising targets include office buildings (18 GW), schools (15 GW), hospitals (9 GW), nursing homes (8 GW), and hotels/motels (7 GW).”
National CHP Roadmap. Doubling Combined Heat and Power Capacity in the United States by 2010. http://uschpa.admgt.com/CHProadmap.pdf
tool is introduced wherein the user can select a building type and
establish the effect of adding one or more of the building advanced energy
options and investigate the positive impacts on annual energy bills and
emissions as compared to the base case.
Moreover, the user can also select the location and the year of the simulation.
A variety of high-efficiency technologies and practices to decrease the building annual bills, annual energy consumption, and annual emissions are presented. The possibilities available for exploration through this website include:
- Implementation of Energy Efficiency Measures
- Integration of DG; Examples Include:
- Photovoltaic Panels
- Fuel Cells
- Substitution of the traditional cooling system by a Thermally-Activated Absorption Cooling system
Once the building parameters are selected and submitted, results are presented in the form of annual tables and charts for: natural gas and electricity consumptions and peak demands, distributed generation utilization, utility bills, global warming emissions and pollutant emissions.
All the building results presented in this web site were generated using the public domain software eQUEST.
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