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Proceedings of eSim 2008: 5th Conference of IBPSA-Canada


Analysis of the Renewable Energy Potentials in the Residential Sector of the Province of Quebec using the Building Energy Simulation Software ESP-r

Ali Syed, Alan Fung, V. Ugursal

Abstract: The Canadian residential sector contributes approximately 80 megatonnes (Mt) of greenhouse gases (GHG) to the environment each year. With the ratification of Kyoto protocol, Canada has committed to reduce its GHG emissions by at least five percent between 2008 and 2012 on the basis of its 1990 emission levels. To meet this target Canada has to evaluate and exploit all feasible means to reduce the fossil fuel energy consumption and the consequent GHG emissions. In this work, test-case houses for the province of Quebec were modeled in the building energy simulation software ESP-r. Requisite housing stock data was extracted from Canada's most comprehensive residential end-use energy surveys. As a source of alternate energy, photovoltaic (PV) and wind-turbine energy systems were assessed for their potential contribution to the energy and GHG savings. The results show that with the use of hybrid PV and wind-turbine energy systems, there is a huge potential of GHG reduction (about 16 %) and economic saving (about 16 %) due to reduced electricity bills and selling renewable electricity to the local grid.
Pages: 151 - 158