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INTR8021 - Energy Systems Modelling

Title:Energy Systems Modelling
Long Title:Energy Systems Modelling
Module Code:INTR8021
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Interdisciplinary Engineering
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: NIALL MORRIS
Module Author: Paul OSullivan
Module Description: This module covers the main aspects involved in energy performance modelling & simulation techniques for sustainable thermal energy systems. it develops the necessary knowledge required to undertake performance assessments of thermal energy systems. The module utilizes Microsoft Excel, SAM, Retscreen and TRNSYS modelling packages as required to complete simulations of mathematical models.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Analyse the principles and stages involved in the energy performance modelling & simulation of an thermal energy system
LO2 Determine the most suitable modelling technique for a particular energy system and simulate system performance
LO3 Analyse the results of a energy system simulation exercise using modelling and data analysis software tools.
LO4 Evaluate and compare the results of an energy modelling study with experimental data.
Pre-requisite learning
Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Overview of thermal modelling & simulation:
Overview of system level modelling, modelling vs simulation, sequential simulation, simultaneous simulation, current modelling tools available, software applications, overview of current industry and research community modelling & simulation techniques
Intro to system modelling methods:
descriptive treatment of model types, Identification of suitable models for different applications, steady state vs periodic/transient, overview of RC Network models & data based models, application of techniques
System modelling theory:
Inputs (variables & constants,) Parameters(system characteristics, equations & response), Outputs (KPI, integrated values, cumulative values, parametric analysis), construction of energy system model,
System modelling tools:
execution of basic “simulation” using excel VBA & Macros, basic modelling with TRNSYS17, SAM, RetScreen, parameter based modelling, data based modelling
Application Of Modelling Techniques
Development of an energy system model, first principles modelling using excel, analysis of results, use of dynamic simulation, performance analysis and reporting
Weather Data in System Simulation
Weather data for energy systems simulation, files types, required weather variables, Statistical meteorological data, extreme weather datasets, outliers, statistical analysis of weather data, Overview of degree day models, meteonorm & IWEC.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Short Answer Questions Class examination based on lecture material 1,2 20.0 Week 6
Open-book Examination Lab based assignment - construct an energy model, simulate and analyse outputs 2,3 30.0 Week 9
Short Answer Questions Class examination based on lecture material 1,2 20.0 Week 12
Written Report Modelling assignment - Use of Excel, SAM or Retscreen to evaluate the performance of an energy system 3,4 30.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Theory, discussion & Tutorials 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Computer Laboratory 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Self Study 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Jan L M Hensen (Editor), Roberto Lamberts (Editor) 2011, Building Performance Simulation for Design and Operation, First Ed., Spon Press / IBPSA [ISBN: 9780415474146]
  • J. A. Clarke 2001, Energy simulation in building design, Butterworth-Heinemann [ISBN: 0750650826]
  • Chris Underwood & Francis Yik 2004, Modelling methods for energy in buildings, Wiley Blackwell [ISBN: 0632059362]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • John A Duffie 2013, Solar Engineering of Thermal Processes, 4th Ed., 19-22, John Wiley & Sons [ISBN: 0470873663]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_EBENS_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Building Energy Systems 7 Mandatory
CR_ESENT_8 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Sustainable Energy Engineering 7 Mandatory

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