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Development of a simulation-based decision support tool for renewable energy integration and demand-supply matching

Born, Francesca J. and Clarke, Joseph Andrew and Johnstone, Cameron (2004) Development of a simulation-based decision support tool for renewable energy integration and demand-supply matching. In: Proceedings of ESim 04 Conference, Vancouver. IBPSA. ISBN 2-551-17239-X

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Abstract

This paper describes a simulation-based decision support tool, MERIT, which has been developed to assist in the assessment of renewable energy systems by focusing on the degree of match achievable between energy demand and supply. Models are described for the prediction of the performance of PV, wind and battery technologies. These models are based on manufacturers' specifications, location-related parameters and hourly weather data. The means of appraising the quality of match is outlined and examples are given of the application of the tool at the individual building and community levels.