Optimisation of solar air conditioning design in a typical office building
Alexandros Adam, MRes Loughborough University
The multi-objective optimisation problem of solar assisted air
conditioning design in a typical medium sized office building in London has been researched as part of this work. The project involves modelling a complete solar assisted air conditioning system. An energetic, economical, and environmental assessment for different types of solar collectors and covered roof area, thermal storage volume and types of chillers is performed. For each examined system, the optimum combination of these parameters that reduces energy compared to a reference building at the lowest possible life cycle cost has been identified. The results suggest that solar assisted air conditioning systems can reduce primary energy consumption in UK offices despite the high cost.