Energy Models for business

01 October 2014 → 30 November 2015
Regional and community funding: various
Research disciplines
  • Engineering and technology
    • Architectural engineering not elsewhere classified
    • Structural engineering
low carbon business park manual
Project description

The university's project tasks within ACE comprise the development of the low carbon business park manual and the organisation of an energy monitoring campaign at business park Sappenleen.
The low carbon business park manual comprises 10 theorectical chapters and 1 chapter describing the practical case studies. First, climate and energy policy from global to national level is analysed and a comparison is made between energy policy measures in five neighbouring countries. The concept of low carbon business parks is explained and illustrated, followed by the theoretical description of a business park energy system, its components and interconnections. Then, the energy consumption profile at company level is qualitatively analysed and broken down into energy services, time profiles and temperature profiles. Energy management and energy effiency measures at building and process level are described. Furthermore, a short introduction into the Pinch analysis method is presented which can be used to assess the energy saving potential of heat exchange at company level. An overview of energy production technologies is provided, together with their main techno-economic characteristics. A next chapter focusses on energy clustering and energy synergies between companies, followed by a chapter of smart energy management, power dispatch and demand response. To conclude, the final two chapters set out the organisational process of grass-root development and retrofit of low carbon business parks.