Paper Conference

Proceedings of eSim 2012: 7th Conference of IBPSA-Canada


Modelling of High-performance Envelope and Façade Integrated Photovoltaic/Solar Thermal Systems for High-Latitude Applications

Yichao Chen, Andreas Athienitis, Paul Fazio

Abstract: Northern housing entails both climatic and socioeconomic challenges. Severe weather, high energy cost and fuel dependency on external supply call for a high-performance envelope system that can generate energy from renewable sources while functioning effectively as a passive building enclosure. This paper presents the methods and algorithms of modelling passive solar potential and innovative façade integrated solar technologies for high-latitude applications. Custom thermal network models for different collectors are developed in MATLAB for steady state and transient analyses. Simulation results are validated through experiments under a solar simulator with a prototype combining components such as unglazed transpired collector (UTC), transpired glazing (TG), and photovoltaic/thermal (PV/T) collectors on structural insulated panel (SIP) wall. The research work aims to evaluate the potential of energy conservation and renewable generation by the proposed solar facades designed for Northern locations.
Pages: 108 - 121