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Can EnergyPlus model a wastewater treatment plant with digesters?

asked 2016-03-06 15:14:59 -0500

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updated 2018-04-17 19:06:51 -0500

Looking for examples where people have used EnergyPlus to model an industrial waste water treatment plant, particularly one with a large Anaerobic Digester and CHP? If not wastewater plant, than other industrial type facility (ie brewery) with large process loads. I typically see Energy Plus used only on conventional buildings (offices, schools, etc) and I'd like to use it on an industrial facility

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answered 2016-03-18 13:57:24 -0500

If you can quantify the process loads and the heat gains to the zones, then it should be possible. EnergyPlus has internal gains objects for Electric, Gas, and "Other" (heat/cool source with no utility consumption). If you want to model the boiler and chiller loads from the industrial equipment, the LoadProfile:Plant object can place a scheduled hot water or chilled water load on the plant. So, it is possible, depending on the complexity and what you expect to get from the model.

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