Design and analysis of a renewable energy network based on fuel cells in a residential community

Jiwook Byun, Yeonsook Heo

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This paper aims to develop a methodology to quantify the effects of different combinations of energy supply systems. A residential community with 12 households was modelled and simulated in TRNSYS to evaluate the performance of different power/heat network scenarios under dynamic electric and heat loads. The first scenario starts with gas-based fuel cell systems and heat tanks, and additional renewable energy systems such as PVs, batteries and geothermal systems were incrementally added to create different scenarios. The impact of capacity and operational variables on unmet demand was quantified by variance-based sensitivity analysis and scenario-specific optimal design, derived by economic analysis. The overall performance of the network was different depending on the scenario, but the scenario including fuel cells and GSHP system was selected as the most economical design in this case study.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBS 2021 - Proceedings of Building Simulation 2021
Subtitle of host publication17th Conference of IBPSA
EditorsDirk Saelens, Jelle Laverge, Wim Boydens, Lieve Helsen
PublisherInternational Building Performance Simulation Association
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781775052029
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event17th IBPSA Conference on Building Simulation, BS 2021 - Bruges, Belgium
Duration: 2021 Sept 12021 Sept 3

Publication series

NameBuilding Simulation Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)2522-2708


Conference17th IBPSA Conference on Building Simulation, BS 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Architecture
  • Modelling and Simulation
  • Computer Science Applications


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