Optimisation of solar-optical and thermal properties of buildings incorporating solar panels, emulating traditional Chinese building style

Johnston, David (2010) Optimisation of solar-optical and thermal properties of buildings incorporating solar panels, emulating traditional Chinese building style. Energy and Buildings, 42 (1). pp. 63-68. ISSN 0378-7788

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enbuild.2009.07.011

Abstract

A building-integrated solar energy system, based on the traditional Chinese building (e.g., pagoda) – buildings with roofing at intermediate levels (known as eaves) – was investigated, with regard to providing for heating and cooling demands. A number of building parameters, related to energy exchange – solar absorptivity of the exterior wall, level of glazing, etc. – were optimised to minimise demand, and the orientation and tilt of the panels were selected to provide maximum energy at the times of maximum demand. Each parameter was investigated for a range of locations, in order to identify trends, which could then be applied to other locations. In most cases, solar power was sufficient to meet the cooling demands. For a number of locations, solar power provided some, but not all, of the heating loads.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: International Conference on Building Energy and Environment (COBEE 2008)
Uncontrolled Keywords: solar buildings, solar energy, solar heating, solar thermal energy, photovoltaic power generation
Subjects: H800 Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Physics and Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2010 09:26
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:23
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/1211

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