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Is it possible to simulate electric storage heaters in Energy+?

asked 2020-11-12 09:04:19 -0500

Giorgio's avatar

updated 2020-11-12 10:16:23 -0500

I need to model a flat with electric storage heaters for space heating, is it possible to do it in E+?

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answered 2020-11-14 06:08:05 -0500

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If you are referring to the electrical night storage heaters that are still popular in certain types of dwellings in the UK, I don't think there is a ready-made component for it in E+. What I did last time is to use a water tank paired with a connector or radiator to represent each unit (see image below), and use schedules to control the charging and heating cycles, to mimic the process. Apart from the water tank volume being absurdly large, the effect is fairly realistic, I think.

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Yes that's exactly the solution I was speaking about, I'll follow your suggestion, thank you!

Giorgio's avatar Giorgio  ( 2020-11-17 11:22:11 -0500 )edit

answered 2020-11-13 10:46:10 -0500

updated 2020-11-13 10:47:23 -0500

I assume you're referring to unit heaters? Yes, unit heaters can be modeled using the ZoneHVAC:UnitHeater object, which supports electric heating coils as well as water, furnace/fuel, and steam coil types.

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Hi, thanks for the answer but I'm referring to a different type of heating system

Giorgio's avatar Giorgio  ( 2020-11-17 11:21:17 -0500 )edit

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