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Renewable energy technologies in campus-sized developments: A spatial study

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Renewable energy technologies in campus-sized developments: A spatial study

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Session 18 Paper 1, University College London, 16-17 April 2015

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Using hourly energy and water consumption data and theoretical models representing low-carbon and green energy production technologies, such as photovoltaic panels, wind turbines, combined heat and power, solar collectors, and seasonal thermal energy storage, an integrated node-based static model has been developed. Assembled in MATLAB and Simulink, and based on an integrated resource management approach, it reproduces annual hourly energy consumption and production values for hypothetical campus-sized developments with onsite energy generation. For three configurations of generation technologies, results are then presented from simulations exploring the spatial characteristic and requirements of the development. Also, the article concludes that alteration in the composition of the technologies used has significant spatial impact and implications on achieving carbon-neutral developments.