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Output Variable associated with ZoneHVAC:Baseboard:Convective:Electric not working

asked 2022-09-14 10:52:28 -0600

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updated 2022-09-14 10:57:15 -0600


I am trying to setup a Baseboard Heater in EnergyPlus using the code as follows:

  Zone A BASEBOARD,  !- Name
  Zone A Heating Availability Sch,  !- Availability Schedule Name
  HeatingDesignCapacity,   !- Heating Design Capacity Method
  5000,                    !- Heating Design Capacity {W}
  ,                        !- Heating Design Capacity Per Floor Area {W/m2}
  ,                        !- Fraction of Autosized Heating Design Capacity
  0.97;                    !- Efficiency

There are many outputs available for this class and I am interested in the output HVAC,Sum,Baseboard Electric Energy [J]. I checked my RDD file and it is available.

But, whenever I try to request this output, I get the following error:

The following Report Variables were requested but not generated -- check.rdd file
**   ~~~   ** Either the IDF did not contain these elements, the variable name is misspelled,

I checked everything but EPlus is still throwing that error. Please help to fix this.

Thank you for your time..

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Can you post the actual IDF snippet for your Output:Variable? I bet that's the issue.

Julien Marrec's avatar Julien Marrec  ( 2022-09-14 10:57:42 -0600 )edit

Hi @Julien

My Output code is as follows.

Output:Variable, Zone A, !- Key Value Baseboard Electric Energy, !- Variable Name Timestep; !- Reporting Frequency

prp92's avatar prp92  ( 2022-09-14 11:03:28 -0600 )edit

Yeah so the the Key has to be the object's name, not the Zone it's in.

Julien Marrec's avatar Julien Marrec  ( 2022-09-15 02:16:15 -0600 )edit

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answered 2022-09-14 11:02:03 -0600

updated 2022-09-14 11:02:21 -0600

I suggest having Output:VariableDictionary in the IDF format so you can copy from the .RDD to your IDF file without error:

   IDF,                                    !- Key Field
   Unsorted;                               !- Sort Option


what you're looking for is either general:

Output:Variable,*,Baseboard Electric Energy,hourly;

or keyed:

Output:Variable,Zone A BASEBOARD,Baseboard Electric Energy,hourly;
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This works. Thank you so much..

prp92's avatar prp92  ( 2022-09-14 13:30:09 -0600 )edit

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