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Hybrid Building Performance Simulation Models for Industrial Energy Efficiency Applications

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Journal of Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems
Volume 6, Issue 2, June 2018, pp 381-393
DOI: https://doi.org/10.13044/j.sdewes.d6.0194
Peter Smolek1 , Ines Leobner1, Georgios Gourlis2, Benjamin Mörzinger3, Bernhard Heinzl4, Karl Ponweiser1
1 Institute for Energy Systems and Thermodynamics, Technische Universität Wien, Karlsplatz 13, 1040 Wien, Austria
2 Institute of Interdisciplinary Construction Process Management, Technische Universität Wien, Karlsplatz 13, 1040 Wien, Austria
3 Institute for Production Engineering and Laser Technology, Technische Universität Wien, Karlsplatz 13, 1040 Wien, Austria
4 Institute of Computer Aided Automation, Technische Universität Wien, Karlsplatz 13, 1040 Wien, Austria


In the challenge of achieving environmental sustainability, industrial production plants, as large contributors to the overall energy demand of a country, are prime candidates for applying energy efficiency measures. A modelling approach using cubes is used to decompose a production facility into manageable modules. All aspects of the facility are considered, classified into the building, energy system, production and logistics. This approach leads to specific challenges for building performance simulations since all parts of the facility are highly interconnected. To meet this challenge, models for the building, thermal zones, energy converters and energy grids are presented and the interfaces to the production and logistics equipment are illustrated. The advantages and limitations of the chosen approach are discussed. In an example implementation, the feasibility of the approach and models is shown. Different scenarios are simulated to highlight the models and the results are compared.

Keywords: Modelling and simulation, Building performance simulation, Hybrid systems, Discrete event and differential equation system specification, Energy efficient production.

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