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Proceedings of SimBuild Conference 2010: 4th conference of IBPSA-USA


Implementation of a Model for a Wind Turbine System in EnergyPlus

Daeho Kang, Richard K. Strand
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL

Abstract: A model for computing electricity production of wind energy conversion systems has developed and added to a building energy simulation program (EnergyPlus). This paper describes an environmental analysis of local wind conditions and the simulation algorithms for modelling horizontal axis as well as vertical axis wind turbine systems. To verify the capabilities of the model, results predicted by the model with different type and scale wind turbine systems were validated against the power curves manufactures provide. Energy performance and environmental impact in three different buildings in two different locations have been analyzed, and the results are discussed. Wind turbine systems have the potential to impact electric energy consumption and costs as well as the environment, producing electricity and reducing the peak electric demand in buildings with no pollution.
Pages: 336 - 343