Comparison between a new TRNSYS model and experimental data of phase change materials in a solar combisystem

In the framework of the IEA Task 32 (Solar Heating and Cooling Programme), we developed a numeric model to simulate heat transfer in phase change materials (PCM), and experimental data. The analyzed system is bulk PCM plunged in a water tank storage of a solar combisystem (heating and domestic hot water production). The numerical model, based on the enthalpy approach, takes into account hysteresis and subcooling characteristic and also the conduction and the convection in the PCM. This model has been implemented in an existing TRNSYS type of water tank storage.


Experience of energy auditing of residential buildings in Latvia discovers problems with discrepancy of data measured and calculated. Analysis of dynamic changes of data presents factors, which influence results of energy audits and proposals for energy efficiency measure. Paper presents analysis of influence of solar radiation and modelling of solar factor for control of heat supply.

Etude d'un bâtiment basse énergie; développement et application du principe de refraichissment solaire

This article presents the study done on an individual house located in Macon, France. From the model of a house called ‘reference house’, in conformity with French thermal regulation, different parameters concerning the walls, the screenings or the ventil

Utilization of Solar Energy Systems for Retrofit Design of School Buildings and an Example Application

As a large part of the education year occurs during the cold weather season, the proportionally largeglass areas permit excessive heat loss in the classrooms. The problem with large glass areas arisesfrom the lack of control of mechanically generated heating systems. A solution for the improvement of these classrooms, is to use solar energy in the design, which is economical and practical. In thisstudy, a school in Istanbul, which has existing large classroom windows and has a solar energycollector behind the south classroom window is introduced and measurements are evaluated.

The Use of Solar Energy in Desiccant Wheels Systems in Cuba

In Cuba the climate is tropical, with average solar radiation of 5.5 kW-h/m2and an annual average temperature of 25 °C. The relative humidity is high all of the time, with an annual average between 75 % and 85%. Because of this it is very interesting to t

Renewable Energies in Energy Performance: Calculation for Buildings

This paper discusses the status of standards and regulations concerning performance calculationmethods for renewable energies systems in the built environment. The outcome of a European wideinquiry on this topic, carried out in the frame of the European project on Energy Performance Regulations (EnPeR) will be presented. In addition an overview is given of the renewable energiessystems that are considered under these regulations and the consequences of the new EnergyPerformance Directive.

Assessment of energy saving in buildings by means of hybrid envelope systems

Active and passive solar strategies, together with measures of energy conservation and integration of new materials and technologies, can bring a meaningful energy saving in buildings. In particular, if combined with energy saving measures, the use of solar source can strongly reduce the demand of traditional energy sources. However, the use of such technologies is not sufficient if comfort demands of people who live or will live in the building are neglected and if the proposed technologies are not studied for their real suitability.

Integrating solar energy into today's buildings - the power of solar.

Overview of the programme, covers opportunities for solar energy in the 21st century, advancing solar building technologies, solar low energy buildings, and the future.