IEA-EBC Annex 64: LowEx Communities - Optimised Performance of Energy Supply Systems with Exergy Principles
The Executive Committee of the International Energy Agency Energy in Buildings and Communities programme (IEA EBC) approved the “IEA- EBC Annex 64: LowEx Communities - Optimised Performance of Energy Supply Systems with Exergy Principles” in 2013. The project will run till 2017.
The main objective of the annex is to demonstrate the potential of low exergy thinking on a community level as energy and cost efficient solution in achieving 100% renewable and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission-free energy systems. The intention is to reach these goals by providing and collecting suitable assessment methods (e.g. holistic balancing methods). Furthermore it is planned to provide guidelines, recommendations, best-practice examples and background material for designers and decision makers in the fields of building, energy production/supply and politics.
The project's primary deliverable is an easy to understand and practical, applicable design guidebook for key people in communities. Moreover, expected deliverables of the project are:
- analysis concept and design guidelines with regard to the overall exergy performance of community supply and demand;
- overview of the feasibility, efficiency potentials and impacts of integral energy system solutions for existing community settings, criteria for decision making in the project development phase;
- analysis framework and open-platform software and tools for community energy system design and performance assessment;
- summary of intelligent management and control strategies and system solutions for an efficient energy supply system at community level based on exergy principles;
- set of existing and close to market systems and technological solutions and best integration into overall energy system design;
- description and collection of good practices and examples of system concepts, technologies, management and control strategies for maximum share of renewable energy sources and maximum efficiency of the energy and exergy potentials available on a community scale.
For more information, please visit the project’s website at the link provided below.