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First Rough-cut data based simulations tested on Solar Concentrators at Gullon

REEMAIN has made a significant step in its roadmap to delivering its simulation model, based on the so-called “Rough-cut” data modelling technique developed by IES. A first version of the REEMAIN platform, with a specific case study on Solar Concentrators was illustrated in the project’s third webinar held on the 13th of October. 

The general idea behind the Rough-cut modelling is that even high-level energy data available in most buildings, like utility bill information, can be used as a starting point to preliminary assess energy saving and renewable opportunities. Although, as Vincent Murray of IES puts it, in terms of accurately assessing these opportunities “Access to good quality data is key”. The tool IES is building for REEMAIN features a data acquisition platform, where the user can upload utility bills or continuously collect measured data for key parameters, which will allow for the modelling and the simulation of given technologies to accurately assess their impact on their factories environment. 

A test was carried out at Gullon, Europe’s largest biscuit plant located in Spain, to simulate the savings that could be achieved through the installation of a Parabolic Collector developed by REEMAIN partner Solera. 

The application of the Solar Concentration technology in the tool simulated a series of output data for  analysis of its potential impact over a period of 6 months, which provided clear indications of monthly, weekly and daily expected performance. 

A validation phase was also carried out by JER (Jakob Energy Research) through comparison of the REEMAIN simulation outputs with the TRNSYS simulation software, which is a widely used tool for the evaluation of energy performance of different types of systems and technologies. The validation results proved successful, with the minimal differences between the two system’s outputs most likely due to the usage of different sources of weather data, according to Johannes Steinbeißer of JER.

You can freely access the entire recording of the 13th October webinar from here.