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EnergyPlus Python Plugin String Data Exchange

asked 2021-08-12 10:50:17 -0500

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When using the EnerygPlus Python API in plugin mode, I need to transfer IDF specific config information to the plugin. This could be in the form of a filename for the plugin to then read from, or the API could transfer this config information as a string.

Looking at the code, it appears the only method which will return non numeric or boolean data is: list_available_api_data_csv. I could set a variable name or schedule name to be the config filename, and then find it in this CSV, but this approach seems to be a bit of a hack.

I'm generating and running the IDF using eppy, so can programmatically set a text field which matches the IDF.

If it doesn't exist, this functionality may be a feature request for the Python API to make it more flexible.

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answered 2021-08-13 11:12:24 -0500

What information are you trying to share between the IDF to the script? If you're not already aware, there are a number of example Python scripts and corresponding IDFs included in the EnergyPlus example files (e.g.

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I've worked through the different Python Plugin example files, and as far as I can tell, there isn't a way to do what I am trying to do. I'm trying to pass some sort of text / string information to the python plugin to provide it additional configuration information. This could be as simple as the IDF name which could then be parsed and used to load a separate config file. Or it could be a longer string which contains the config information (in a format such as JSON).

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