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How to aggregate PV panels to different zones - DesignBuilder or E+

asked 2020-01-31 12:03:54 -0600

ruifoliveira gravatar image

updated 2020-02-01 18:48:48 -0600


I'm concerning about how to define in a multifamily building different PV systems?

For example: - Flat 1 (Thermal zone 1) have 2 PV panels on the roof; - Flat 2 (Thermal zone 2) have 1 PV panel on the roof

I defined each flat as a separately thermal zone.

There is any option to aggregate PV panels for a thermal zone or even to a set of thermal zones?

I tried to simulate this small example in Designbuilder and E+, but both have no option to aggregate PV systems to specific Thermal zones in ElectricLoadCentre.

Thanks in advance.

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answered 2020-02-04 05:53:05 -0600

Filipe Sousa gravatar image

The Electric load center feature that includes the PV generator is a building level object ( in DesignBuilder terms).

However, it is possible to generate outputs for different Electric load Center objects.

My suggestion would be to:

1.Create two Electric Load Centre objects, for Flat 1 and Flat 2, and group the PV panels accordingly; image description

2.Using DesignBuilder EMS scripting module, add the extra output Electric Load Center Produced Electric Energy.

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More detailed instructions to add extra outputs can be found on DesignBuilder Program Help.

3.Then use DesignBuilder Results Viewer tool to see results.

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