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BIPV/T in Energyplus

asked 2015-09-11 08:32:14 -0500

s_pourm gravatar image

updated 2017-05-04 07:01:17 -0500

Recently working on an interesting project, I am trying to model a Building Integrated Photovoltaic/Thermal system (BIPV/T) using E+ in order to design the heat pump and also battery tanks.

Have anybody tried to simulate the BIPV/T in Energyplus before?

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answered 2015-09-16 22:13:36 -0500

I am not sure about E+ for BIPV/T, however I know that TRNSYS also offers a good range of components to model BIPVT systems. I used Type 567 in TRNSYS using the TESS extension package 'Electrical Library'. The BIPVT model integrates well with a Type 56 building model which you generate using Google Sketchup and TRNSYS-3D for the CAD design of the building structure, and TRNBUILD for specifying construction materials and operation schedules like occupancy, ventilation, infiltration, and HVAC modes. I recently completed a Masters degree on this topic and can offer advice if you have any specific questions. You can email me on

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Thank you for your response. I have heard a lot about trnsys capabilities and specifically BIPVT modeling on that. But you know, I am resisting to go throw it since I belive E+ is strong enough and more familiar for me.

s_pourm gravatar image s_pourm  ( 2015-09-17 14:02:33 -0500 )edit

answered 2015-09-15 22:41:03 -0500

Yes, people do BIPV in EnergyPlus. I have experience using the Simple PV for non-integrated and some BIPV, but have not used it much yet. This post links to the Simple PV documentation. You can model BIPV with our without an air cavity.

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Thank you for the response. I found the approach quite interesting and currently working on that.

s_pourm gravatar image s_pourm  ( 2015-09-17 13:57:57 -0500 )edit

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