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Solar energy system performance evaluation Irvine School (El Camino Real Elementary School), Irvine, California
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Irvine School (El Camino Real Elementary School), Irvine, California
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October 1978 through March 1979.
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National solar data program.
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National solar heating and cooling demonstration program.
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Prepared for Department of Energy, Office of Assistant Secretary for Conservation and Solar Applications under contract EG-77-C-01-4049.
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Table of Contents
    Front Matter
        Front Cover 1
        Front Cover 2
    Title Page
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    Table of Contents
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    List of figures and tables
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    National solar data program reports
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    1. Foreword
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    2. Summary and conclusions
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    3. System description
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    4. Performance evaluation techniques
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    5. Performance assessment
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    6. References
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    Appendix A. Definition of performance factors and solar terms
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    Appendix B. Solar energy system performance equations for the Irvine school
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    Appendix C. Long-term average weather conditions
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    Back Cover
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SOALR/2021-79/14




Solar Energy System
Performance Evaluation




EL CAMINO REAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Irvine, California October, 1978 through March, 1979











U. S. Department of Energy

National Solar Heating and
Cooling Demonstration Program

National Solar Data Program























NOTICE

This report was prepared as an account of work sponsored by the United States Govenment. Neither the United States nor the United States Department of Energy, nor any of their employees, nor any of their contractors, subcontractors, or their employees, makes any wuaanty, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights.



This report has been reproduced directly from the best available copy.


Available from the National Technical Information Service, U. S. Department of Commerce, Spring-ield, Virginia 22161.


Price: Paper Copy $6.50
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SOLAR/2021 -79/14




SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEM PERFORMANCE EVALUATION DitbuonCegrU-9



IRVINE SCHOOL
(EL CAMINO REAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL)
IRVINE, CALIFORNIA




OCTOBER 1978 THROUGH MARCH 1979



HENRY T. SMITH, PRINCIPAL AUTHOR
(SCIENCE APPLICATIONS INC.)
V. S. SOHONI, MANAGER OF SOLAR ENERGY STUDIES
LARRY J. MURPHY IBM PROGRAM-MANAGER







IBM CORPORATION
150 SPARKMAN DRIVE
HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA 35805




PREPARED FOR THE
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY OFFICE OF ASSISTANT
SECRETARY FOR
CONSERVATION AND SOLAR APPLICATIONS
UNDER CONTRACT EG-77-C-O1-4049
H. JACKSON HALE, PROGRAM MANAGER








TABLE OF CONTENTS


SECTION TITLE PAGE


1. FOREWORD . . . . . . . . . . . . ... 1

2. SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS . . . . . . . . . 3

3. SYSTEM DESCRIPTION . . . . . . . . . . 11

4. PERFORMANCE EVALUATION TECHNIQUES . . . . . . 15

5. PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT . . . . . . . . . 17

5.1 Weather Conditions . . . . . . . . . 18

5.2 System Thermal Performance . . . . . . . 20

5.3 Subsystem Performance . . . . . . . . 24

5.3.1 Collector Array Subsystem . . . . . 25

5.3.2 Space Heating Subsystem . . . . . . 33

5.3.3 Space Cooling Subsystem . . . . . . 36

5.4 Operating Energy . . . . . . . . . 40

5.5 Energy Savings . . . . . . . . . . 42

6. REFERENCES . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

APPENDIX A DEFINITION OF PERFORMANCE FACTORS AND SOLAR TERMS. A-1 APPENDIX B SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEM PERFORMANCE EQUATIONS

FOR THE IRVINE SCHOOL . . . . . . . B-1

APPENDIX C LONG-TERM AVERAGE WEATHER CONDITIONS . . . . C-1









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LIST OF FIGURES AND TABLES

FIGURE TITLE PAGE

3-1 Irvine School Solar Energy
System Schematic . . . . . . . 13

5.3.1-1 Collector Array Operating Point
Histogram and Instantaneous
Efficiency Curves . . . . . . 30

5.3.3-1 Irvine School Chiller Performance . . . . 39


TABLE TITLE PAGE

5.1-1 Weather Conditions . . . . . . . 19

5.2-1 System Thermal Performance . . . . . 21

5.2-2 Solar Energy System Coefficients
of Performance . . . . . . . 22

5.3.1-1 Collector Array Performance . . . . . 26

5.3.1-2 Energy Gain Comparison . . . . . . 28

5.3.2-1 Heating Subsystem Performance . . . . . 34

5.3.3-1 Cooling Subsystem Performance . . . . . 37

5.4-1 Operating Energy . . . . . . . . 41

5.5-1 Energy Savings . . . . . . . . 43





NATIONAL SOLAR DATA PROGRAM REPORTS Reports prepared for the National Solar Data Program are numbered under a specific format. For example, this report for the El Camino Real School project site is designated as SOLAR/2021-79/14. The elements of this designation are explained in the following illustration.

SO ARI/Q0?i- 9/


Prepared for the Report Type.
National Solar -Designation
Data Program

Demonstration Site-----*---- --- Year


Demonstration Site Number:

Each Project site has its own discrete number 1000 through 1999 for residential sites and 2000 through 2999 for commercial sites.

* Report Type Designation:

This number identifies the type of report,' e.g.,

Monthly Performance Reports are designated by the numbers 01
(for January) through 12 (for December).

Solar Energy System Performance Evaluations are designated
by the number 14.

So lar Project Descriptions are designated by the number 50.

Solar ProjectCost Reports are designated by the number 60. These reports are disseminated through the U. S. Department of Energy, Technical Information Center, P. 0. Box 62, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37830.


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1. FOREWORD

The National Program for Solar Heating and Cooling is being conducted by the Department of Energy under the Solar Heating and Cooling Demonstration Act of 1974. The overall goal of this activity is to accelerate the establishment of a viable solar energy industry and to stimulate its growth in order to achieve a substantial reduction in non-renewable energy resource consumption through widespread applications of solar heating and cooling technology.

Information gathered through the Demonstration Program is disseminated in a series of site-specific reports. These reports are issued as appropriate and may include such topics as:


0 Solar Project Description
0 Design/Construction Report
0 Project Costs
0 Maintenance and Reliability
0 Operational Experience
0 Monthly Performance
0 System Performance Evaluation

The International Business Machines Corporation is contributing to the overall goal of the Demonstration Act by monitoring, analyzing, and reporting-the thermal performance of solar energy systems through analysis of measurements obtained by the National Solar Data Program.

The System Performance Evaluation Report is a product of the National Solar Data Program. Reports are issued periodically to document the results of analysis of specific solar energy system operational performance. This report includes system description, operational characteristics and capabilities, and an evaluation of actual versus expected performance. The Monthly Performance Report, which is the basis for the System Performance Evaluation Report, is published on a regular basis. Each parameter





presented in these reports as characteristic of system performance represents over 8,000 discrete measurements obtained each month by the National Solar Data Network.

All, reports issued by the National Solar Data Program for the El Camino'Real Elementary School solar energy system are listed in Section 6, References.

The El Camino Real Elementary School (hereafter referred to as the Irvine School) is in the Irvine Unified School District of Irvine, California.

This Solar Energy System Performance Evaluation Report presents the results of a thermal performance analysis of the Irvine School solar, energy system. The analysis covers operation of the system from October 1978 through March 1979. The Irvine School solar energy system provides space heating and cooling to a school building located in the town of Irvine, in Central Orange County, California. A more detailed system description is contained in Section 3. Analysis of the system thermal performance was accomplished. using a system energy balance technique described in Section 4. Section 2 presents a summary of the results and conclusions obtained while Section 5 presents a detailed assessment of the system thermal performance.

Acknowledgements are extended to those individuals involved in the operation of the Irvine School solar energy system. Their insight and cooperation in the resolution of various on-site problems during the reporting period were invaluable'.
















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2. SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS

This System Performance Evaluation report provides an operational summary of the solar energy system installed at the Irvine School, an elementary school building located in Central Orange County, southeast of Los Angeles, California. This analysis is conducted by evaluation of measured system performance and by comparison of measured weather data with long-term average climatic conditions. The performance of major subsystems is also presented.

The measurement data were collected [References 7-121* by the National Solar Data Network (NSDN) [11 for the period September 1978 through March 1979. System performance data are provided through the NSDN via an IBM-developed Central Data Processing System (CDPS) [2]. The COPS supports the collection and analysis of solar data acquired from instrumented systems located throughout the country. This data is processed daily and summarized into monthly performance reports. These monthly reports form a common basis for system evaluation and are the source of the performance data used in this report.

Features of this report include: a system description, a review of actual system performance during the report period,, analysis of performance based on evaluation of meteorological load and operational conditions, and an overall discussion of results.

Monthly values of average daily insulation and average outdoor ambient temperature measured at the Irvine School site are presented in Table 5.1-1. Also presented in the table are the long-tem. average monthly values for these climatic parameters.

The Irvine School solar energy system is an example of an alternative energy retrofit onto an existing building. The Irvine School is a 41,000 square foot building in Irvine, California. The school operates on a trimester system which results in relatively constant use throughout the year. Additionally, the location in Orange County, California, provides a very moderate climate without extremely large heating and cooling loads.



*Numbers in brackets designate References found in Section 6.

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Prior to the installation of the solar energy equipment, space heating and cooling at the school was accomplished by a gas fired boiler. Hot water from the boiler was circulated through the air handling units to perform space heating, and through two 100 ton Arkla absorption chillers for space cooling. An existing Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system such as this allowed for relatively easy retrofitting of a solar energy system.

Several types of collector systems were examined before the Owens-Illinois evacuated tube design was selected. It appeared to offer the best performance and reliability, and the high operating. temperature appeared to be compatible with the existing system. Thermal analyses were performed during design, and the results indicated that in this climate, with the typical school operating schedule, the energy demands in the building are in phase with the solar energy availability. The result is that a storage system for collected solar energy is not cost effective, and therefore was not included in the design. The solar energy system is connected to the existing hot water system through a heat exchanger. Utilization of high temperature collectors, such as the Owens-Illinois evacuated tube design, without a thermal storage system to absorb excess collected energy introduces the dangerous possibility of overheating during low load periods. To avoid this occurrence, a water-to-air heat exchanger was added to the collection loop as an excess heat rejection mechanism.

The solar system was designed to satisfy 55 percent of the total annual space heating and cooling loads. This is accomplished with a total of 5,000 square feet of effective collector area. There are 18 banks of collector modules on the roof of the school, with ten modules per bank. A module consists of 24 evacuated glass collector tubes and the associated plumbing.

The retrofit construction was completed in March 1978 and system operation began in June. Typical startup problems prevented normal system operation until July and August. Similar problems with the data acquisition





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system and the solar energy system controls prevented the continuous acquisition of data until the middle of September. The first monthly performance report for the Irvine School was published for the month of September, but data was only available for the latter half of the month. Since this data and the calculated monthly performance factors were not complete,, they are inconsistent when compared to the following months' values, and will not be included in this Performance Evaluation Report. Instead, the data presented in this report will begin with the first full month of recorded data, October 1978.

In general, performance of the solar energy system at Irvine School has been relatively poor. During the months of August and September, personnel at the site determined collector efficiencies of 48 percent and solar fractions of 55 to 60 percent (13]. The following six months have produced collector efficiencies averaging 40 percent, and an average solar fraction of 12 percent. The only plausible explanation for this apparent reduction in capability is recurring problems with the control system and lack of solar energy due to the shorter daylight hours.

Several control system anomalies or malfunctions and hardware problems have been discovered in the various subsystems at the Irvine School. These directly impact the solar energy system performance and reduce the overall operating efficiency. Due to their importance, they will be discussed in some detail in the following paragraphs.

The collector subsystems may operate in either the collector protection mode or the solar collection mode. Problems with the control system for both modes have been observed. The collector protection mode is designed to prevent thermal shock to the collectors before and after operation of the main collector pumps. This is accomplished by circulation of water by auxiliary pumps at a relatively low (approximately one-tenth of collection flow rate) flow rate. A time clock initiates this mode in the morning before sunrise and terminates it in the evening after sunset.






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A separate study performed on this site by Science Applications, Inc. [14] indicated that the auxiliary pumps were operating continuously during the night. Subsequent communication with personnel at the site verified this condition, and indicated the cause of the problem to be a malfunctioning freeze control thermostat which was out of calibration by approximately 190F. This incorrect operation resulted in a waste of significant electrical energy, but more importantly, a loss of thermal energy by radiation from the collectors at night. The heat exchanger subsystem at Irvine School is designed to act as a thermal diode by allowing energy to flow from the collector subsystem to the space heating and cooling subsystems but not from these subsystems to the collector subsystem. However, malfunctions in the control system allow thermal energy to readily flow into the collector loop, and this, in combination with the malfunctions in the auxiliary collector pump control, allow the rejection of the larae amounts of thermal energy at night. Observations have shown the magnitude of this energy rejection to be larger than one-half of that collected during the day.

Circulation through the main collector loop,, when in the solar collection mode, is designed to be controlled by a temperature differential across the heat exchanger. To prevent the possible Toss of thermal energy by radiation, the main collector pumps should not operate unless the-collector outlet temperature is at least 150F higher than the inlet on the load side of the heat exchanger. This portion of the control.system is not operating correctly, allowing the pumps to start up when the heat exchanger outlet on the load side is more than 50OF greater than the collector outlet temperature. Thermal energy is also allowed to flow from the load loop to the collector loop prior to the main pumps turning off. The cause of this incorrect operation is not known, but this problem, in combination with the erroneous operation of the auxiliary collector pumps, creates a situation that allows more energy to be radiated from the'collectors at night than is collected during a sunny day. This problem is seriously affecting the efficiency of the installation.







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Overheating of the collectors is a possibility in a system such as this with no thermal storage capability. To avoid this occurrence, a heat rejector was incorporated in the collector loop to transfer excess thermal energy to the atmosphere when the temperature of the heat exchanger outlet on the collection side exceeded 2150F. Occasional problems with control of the heat rejector have occurred during this six-month reporting period. The most serious problem has been failure of rejector operation to occur as collector fluid temperatures exceeded 250*F. Less serious, but wasteful problems have resulted in too frequent operation of the rejector. Occasionally, the rejector seems to operate in unison with the gas boiler.

The boiler in the space heating and cooling system is intended to be used as an auxiliary thermal energy source when the solar system is unable to support the demands. Apparent problems with the time clock on the boiler controls, and directions given to the on site personnel,,have resulted in extremely large gas usage (>10 9 Btu/month). These are not actually problems with the solar equipment, but may result in apparent poor performance by the solar energy systems.

The causes of several of these problems have recently been ide notified [17] and corrective measures taken where possible. The freeze prevention thermostat controlling the auxiliary collector pumps was reset to a lower temperature to compensate for it apparently being out of calibration. The auxiliary pumps appear to be operating normally as a result of this. The unnecessary operation of the main collector pumps seems to be a result of logic-in the control system allowing pump operation when the temperature of the load side of the heat exchanger is more than 60*F greater than the collector outlet. This problem'requires investigation and correction at the site by the control system supplier.





Erratic operation of the heat rejector appears to have been corrected by a recalibration of the thermostat and relocation of the temperature sensor. Investigation into the extremely large usage of fossil fuel by the boiler revealed that the boiler was being fired 24 hours a day to extend fts life by avoiding thermal stress due to cyclic operation. Analysis indicated that this was not a cost effective method of extending boiler life, and boiler operation is now enabled by a time clock.

These investigations and subsequent modifications were performed mii late February and should show significant fuel savings in the future operation of the Irvine School. Mr. Jon Biemer of McCaughey & .Sithr Energy Assocates is responsible for these investigations and modifications

Collector performance during the sis-month period covered h t is report has been very consistent. The operational collector efficiency rangd from a monthly low in January of 37 percent tv a high fin bmber aw Prch of 42 percent. The overall average for the pe"od has been 40 percent. The Owens-Illinois collectors are vewy efficet at low incidence angles, and therefore readily collect eneYWg earTy and late in the day. This characteristic results in the overall collector efficiency being only one percent lower than the operational collector efficiency for the six-month period.

The amount of solar energy collected reached a minimum in January of 57.25 million Btu and a maximum in March of 102.76 million Btu. The smallest system load also occurred in March as the result of a combination of moderate weather and the aforementioned system corrections. This resulted in the maximum solar fraction of 23 percent also occurring in March. The average solar fraction for the six-month period was 12 percent.

The space heating load was slightly larger than the space cooling load (670.8, versus 581.81 million Btu) during the reporting period, but the amount of solar energy consumed in attempt to meet this demand was much larger for the space cooling subsystem (394.33 versus 41.89 million Btu). An absorption





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chiller always consumes a larger amount of energy than the cooling load it supports, and in this case, where the cooling load was relatively small for the large capacity chillers, the chillers could not operate at high efficiency. The result was that a large amount of thermal (solar and auxiliary) energy, 4,660.78 million Btu, was used for cooling during the six-month period.


Future months should show more efficient operation of the equipment at Irvine School as a result of the modifications which were made in February. Hopefully, the problems of auxiliary energy flowing to the collectors through the heat exchanger can be diagnosed and corrected in the future, further
improving performance.



































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3. SYSTEM DESCRIPTION

The Irvine School is located-in Central Orange County, California. The school is approximately 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean, and was built in 1971. The building contains 41,109 square feet of floor area, and is normally occupied five days a week by 850 children and 60 adults. Building occupancy is uniform throughout the year since the school operates on a trimester plan. The solar energy system was added to the existing building, and was designed to supply 50 percent of the annual building heating and cooling demand.

The solar energy installation includes 4,950 square feet of evacuated tubular glass collectors, a heat rejector, and a heat exchanger from the collector loop to the load loop. The collector array faCes south at an angle of 25 degrees from the horizontal. Water is used as the medium for delivering solar energy from the collector array to the heat exchanger for transfer to the load subsystems. Existing load loop components were unaltered except for controls. These load loop components include a 4 million Btu per hour boiler, two 100-ton absorption chillers, 41 heating coils, and seven air handlers. Since heating demands are low due to the moderate climate and most of the load demand occurs during the day, no solar energy storage is provided. The collected solar energy is transferred directly from the collector loop to the load loop via the heat exchanger. If collected energy exceeds the load loop demand, excess energy is rejected via the heat rejector. The heat rejector is a waterto-air heat exchanger mounted on the roof and situated in the collector loop between the collector outlet and the load loop heat exchanger inlet. If the solar energy does not meet the full energy demand from the loads,, the boiler is activated to make up the shortage before the hot water reaches the loads. The hot water is routed to the chillers or heating coils, or both, depending on the building demand. The hot water then returns to the heat exchanger to complete the cycle.




The system, shown schematically in Figure 3-1, has five modes of solar operation.

Mode 1 Collector Protection: This mode occurs when the lower flow capacity (15 GPM) auxiliary collector pumps are turned on by a clock timer. This is normally before collection begins and is required to establish flow past the collector outlet sensor prior to initiation of solar energy collection (Mode 2). This mode is reentered daily at the completion of Mode 2 operation, and is subsequently terminated by the clock timer. Since no other freeze protection subsystem is provided, this mode is also entered when the outside ambient temperature is less than 38*F. The clock controller is overridden for freeze protection entry when this control temperature has been reached.

Mode 2 Solar Energy Collection: This mode occurs when the*main collector pump (125 GPM) is on. Mode entry requires a differential temperature of 150F between the collector outlet and the load side inlet to the heat exchanger. When the differential temperature again drops below 15*F (adjustable), Mode 1 is reentered.

Mode 3 Collector-to-Space Heating/Cooling: In this mode, heating and cooling loads may be active at the same time. This mode is enabled at all times, and receives energy from the solar energy system when available. If solar energy is not available, or is insufficient to satisfy the full demand, the auxiliary boiler is activated to supply the remaining demand. At night,, this mode is normally disabled by the clock timer.

Mode 4 Solar Heat Rejection: This mode occurs when excess solar energy is diverted from the collector loop and rejected to the environment through a liquid-to-air heat exchanger on the roof. This mode is entered if the temperature at the collector loop outlet from the heat exchanger exceeds a variable set point (approximately 2150F). Upon exceeding this set point temperature, a three-way valve is switched to initiate collector




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loop flow through the heat rejectors and the heat rejector fan is turned on to increase the air flow across its coils. When the heat exchanger outlet temperature drops below another variable set point (approximately 2000F), the three-way valve is reversed, the heat rejector fan is turned off, and this mode is terminated. This mode is employed when the collected solar energy exceeds the immediate demand from the load subsystems. This typically occurs on weekends.

Mode 5 Collector Backup Protection: This mode is entered when the collector outlet temperature exceeds a set point (approximately 2200F). Control design assumes the collector pumps are not operating if this tem-perature is exceeded. In this mode, normally open solenoid valves allow city supply water to enter the collectors and drain out at the collector outlet. This mode protects against collector thermal shock damage if a power outage occurs.






























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4. PERFORMANCE EVALUATION TECHNIQUES

The performance of the Irvine School solar energy system is evaluated by calculating a set of primary performance factors which are based on those proposed in the intergovernmental agency report "Thermal Data Requirements and Performance Evaluation Procedures for the National Solar Heating and Cooling Demonstration Program" [3]. These performance factors quantify the thermal performance of the system by measuring the amount of energies that are being transferred between the components of the system. The performance of the system can then be evaluated based on the efficiency of the system in transferring these energies.


Data from monitoring instrumentation located at key points within the solar energy system are collected by the National Solar Data Network. This data is first formed into factors showing the hourly performance of each system component, either by summation or averaging techniques, as appropriate. The hourly factors then serve as a basis for the calculation of the daily and monthly performance of each component subsystem.


Each month a summary of overall performance of the Irvine School site and a detailed subsystem analysis are published. Monthly reports for the period covered by this System Performance Evaluation, September 1978 through March 1979, are available from the Technical Information Center, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37830.


















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5. PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT

The performance of the Irvine School solar energy system has been evaluated for the October 1978 through March 1979 time period. Two perspectives have been taken in this assessment. The first looks at the overall system view in which the total solar energy collected, the system load and the measured values for solar energy used and system solar fraction are presented. Also presented, where applicable, are the expected values for solar energy used and system solar fraction. The expected values have been derived from a modified f-chart* analysis which uses measured weather and subsystem loads as inputs. The model used in the analysis is based on manufacturers' data and other known system parameters. In addition, the solar energy system coefficient of performance (COP) at both the system and subsystem level has been presented. The second view presents a more in-depth look at the performance of individual components. Details relating to the performance of the collector arraS and storage subsystems are presented first, followed by details pertaining to the space heating subsyptem. Included in this area are all parameters pertinent to the operation of each individual subsystem.

The performance assessment of any solar energy system is highly dependent on the prevailing weather conditions at the site during the period of performance. The original design of the system is generally based on the long-term averages for available insulation and temperature. Deviations from these long-term averages can significantly affect the performance of the system. Therefore, before beginning the discussion of actual system performance, a presentation of the measured and long-term averages for critical weather parameters has been provided.







*f-chart is the designation of a procedure for designing solar heating systems. It was developed by the Solar Energy Laboratory, University of Wisconsin-Madison.


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5.1 Weather Conditions

Average values of the daily incident solar energy in the plane of the collector array and the average outdoor temperature measured at the Irvine School site during the report period are presented in Table 5.1-1.

Also presented in Table 5.1-1 are the corresponding long-term average monthly values of the measured weather parameters. These data are taken from Reference Monthly Environmental Data for Systems in the National Solar Data Network [4)., A complete yearly listing of these values for the site is given in Appendix C.

Monthly values of heating and cooling degree-days are derived from daily values of ambient-temperature. They are useful indications of the system heating and cooling loads. Heating degree-days and cooling degree-days are computed as the difference between daily average temperature and 65*F. For example, if a day's average temperature was 600F. then five heating degreedays are accumulated. Likewise, if a day's average temperature was 800F, then 15 cooling degree-days are accumulated. The total number of heating and cooling degree-days are summed monthly.

During the six-month period from October 1978 through March 1979, a daily average of 1,384 Btu/ft 2 of solar energy was incident on the collector array.
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This was eleven percent below the long-term daily average of 1,556 Btu/ft The measured average ambient temperature for the period was 580F. which was one degree below the long-term average of 590F.
















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5.2 System Thermal Performance

The thermal performance of a solar energy system is a function of the total solar energy collected and applied to the system load. The total system. load is the sum of the energy requirements, both solar and auxiliary thermal, for each subsystem. The portion of the total load provided by solar energy is defined to be the solar fraction of the load. This solar fraction is the measure of performance for the solar energy system when compared to design or expected solar contribution.

The thermal performance of the Irvine School solar energy system is presented in Table 5.2-1 and Table 5.2-2. This performance assessment is based on the six-month period from October 1078 through March 1979.

During the six-month reporting period, a total of 489.47 million Btu of solar energy was collected and the total system load was 1,252.67 million Btu. The measured amount of solar energy delivered to the space heating and cooling load was 425.86 million Btu, which resulted in a measured system solar fraction of 12 percent.

The solar energy system COP (defined as the total solar energy delivered to the load divided by the total system operating energy) was 6.30 for the six-month period. When calculating separate COP values for each subsystem, the operating energy associated with that subsystem should be used as the denominator in the calculation. However, at a retrofit installation such as Irvine School, the only operating energy taxable to the solar subsystems is that operating energy associated with the collection loop. Therefore, the collection loop operating energy was equally divided and taxed to the three subsystems. This results in the space heating system having a lower COP value due to the relatively small space heating load. The collector array subsystem COP, the space heating subsystem solar COPj and the space cooling subsystem solar COP for the total period were 21.46, 1.84 and 17.29, respectively. These values again relate the amount of solar energy associated






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There does not appear to be any strong relationship between system and subsystem COP values, and the system load or local weather conditions. This is somewhat unusual, but can be explained by the control system problems that were being experienced at the site during this period. These problems resulted in the solar energy portion of the system being operated in modes that at times were independent of heating and cooling demands or solar energy availability. This resulted in unusual values of subsystem operating energies and in nontypical amounts of solar energy being used to support the loads.

In light of the corrections that have recently been made to the control system, the values shown in Tables 5.2-1 and 5.2-2 should show more influence from local weather conditions in the future.























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5.3 Subsystem Performance

The Irvine School solar energy installation may be divided into three subsystems:

1) Collector array
2) Space heating 3) Space cooling.

Each subsystem is evaluated by the techniques defined in Section 4 and is numerically analyzed each month for the monthly performance reports. This section presents the results of integrating the monthly data available on the three subsystems for the period October 7978 through March 1979.

































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5.3.1 Collector Array Subsystem

Collector array performance is described by comparison of the collected solar energy to the incident solar energy. The ratio of these two energies represents the collector array efficiency which may be expressed as



where: n c = Collector Array Efficiency (CAREF)

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Q= Incident Solar Energy (SEA).

The gross collector array area is 1,932 square feet. The measured monthly values of incident solar energy, collected solar energy, and collector array efficiency are presented in Table 5.3.1-1.

Evaluation of collector efficiency using operational incident energy and compensating for the difference between gross collector array area and the gross collector area yields operational collector efficiency. Operational collector efficiency, nco, is computed as follows:


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This latter efficiency term is not the same as collector efficiency as represented by the ASHRAE Standard 93-77 [5]. Both operational collector efficiency and the ASHRAE collector efficiency are defined as the ratio of actual useful energy collected to solar energy incident upon the collector and both use the same definition of collector area. However, the ASHRAE efficiency is determined from instantaneous evaluation under tightly control-led, steady state test conditions, while the operational collector efficiency is determined from the actual conditions of daily solar energy system operation. Measured monthly values of operational incident energy and computed values of operational collector efficiency are also presented in Table 5.3.1-1.

Collector array efficiency may be viewed from two perspectives. The first assumes that the efficiency be based upon all available solar energy; however, that point of view makes the operation of the control system a part of array efficiency. For example, energy may be available at the collector, but the collector fluid temperature is below the control minimum, thus the energy is not collected. The monthly efficiency computed by this method is listed in the column entitled "Collector Array Efficiency" in Table 5.3.1-1.

The second viewpoint assumes the efficiency be based upon only the incident energy during periods of collection. The monthly efficiency computed*by this method is listed in the column entitled "Operational Collector Array Efficiency." Efficiency computed by this method is used in the following discussion.

The Irvine School collector system consists of Owens-Illinois evacuated tube collectors. The tubes are arranged in modules, with each module consisting of 24 tubes, 12 up and 12 down, in a series flow arrangement. There are 10 of these modules per bank, and 18 banks arranged on the roof. This amounts to a total of 180 modules composed of 4,320 tubes. Table 5.3.1-2 presents a comparison of the actual performance of the collector array for the month of December against four predictions of performance which are based on instantaneous efficiency curves. December was chosen as the example month since the collector was operational on 30 of 31 days during the month, and the monthly collector array efficiency was near the average value for the six-month period.
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Instantaneous efficiency curves are derived from laboratory test data supplied by the collector manufacturer and from three empirical sources: a linear regression line fit through field data obtained in December; a linear regressiQn line fit through all field data in the base; and a curvilinear (second order) regression line fit through all field data in the base (the base data consists of all measurements relating to collector array performance made from October through December 1978).

Each error value presented in the error field of Table 5.3.1-2 is computed by the equation

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The computed error is then a measure of how well the particular prediction curve fits the reality of dynamic operating conditions in the field.

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0.42 to 0.62. This leads to the expectation that the operational collector array efficiency would typically be on the order of 0.40, which is in agreement with the data presented in Table 5.3.1-1.

These three curves are in relatively close agreement. The discrepancy that exists between the controlled laboratory test and the others is most likely due to two causes. First, different reflective surfaces were used behind the Irvine School collectors than were used behind the laboratory test collector. This type of collector receives a significant portion of its energy from reflected radiation, and therefore is sensitive to the reflective surface used. Second, the laboratory test collector represents radiation being received from a fixed angle of the sun's elevation above the horizon, in this case 40 degrees from perpendicular; results shown from Irvine School are for the actual position of the sun in the sky during the course of a day. Knowing this, the curves appear to be in very good agreement. Near the right side of the figure, the field data is from low gain situations, such as when the sun is just above the horizon at a large angle of incidence. This is not






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unlike the laboratory data taken at a 40 degree angle of incidence. As the sun rises in the sky the operating point moves to the left across the chart. More direct, but less reflected, energy is received as the angle of incidence becomes smaller, and the efficiency falls below that seen at the 40 degree angle of incidence.

In summary, the data collected from Irvine School is in very close agreement with the manufacturers supplied test data, indicating excellent installation of the collectors at the site. Additional information concerning collector array analysis in general may be found in a forthcoming paper [15] that describes collector array analysis procedures in detail and presents the results of analysis performed on numerous collector array installations across the United States.

































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5.3.2 Space Heating Subsystem

The performance of the space heating subsystem is described by comparing the amount of solar energy supplied to the subsystem with the energy required to satisfy the total space heating load. The energy required to satisfy the total load consists of both solar energy and auxiliary thermal energy. The ratio of solar energy supplied to the load to the total load is defined as the heating solar fraction. The calculated heating solar fraction is the indicator of performance for the subsystem because it defines the percentage of the total space heating load supported by solar energy.

The performance of the Irvine School space heating subsystem is pre,--ented in Table 5.3.2-1. For the six-month period from October 1978 through March 1979, the solar energy system supplied a total 'of 41.89 million Btu to the space heating load. The total heating load for this period was 670.87 million Btu, and the average monthly solar fraction was six percent. Heating system performance is somewhat low during this period due to low insulation resulting from the shorter days, the control problems mentioned earlier and the time at which the heating demand occurs. tiothinn, Cdn be done to lengthen the days, but improvement should be evident in the next Performance Evaluation Report covering the period with niore daylight hours. Corrections to the control system were made in February, and possibly this contributed to the doubling of the solar fraction in March. The significant control problem that allows thermal energy to flow in both directions across the heat exchanger still exists.

The third problem, concerning the time at which the heating demand occurs, applies to the space cooling subsystem also. At Irvine School, with no storage system, the solar energy system cannot support loads which occur when the sun is not available. This caused significant reduction in solar fractions prior to March when the boiler was available and in use 24 hours a.day. During this time the demand was almost fully satisfied by the boiler before the solar energy system had a chance to operate.






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An improvement in solar fraction, and a corresponding reduction in auxiliary fuel usage, might be realized by delaying the availability of the gas boiler. This would give the solar system a chance to support the load. If the solar system was not capable, the auxiliary system could then be allowed to supply the necessary thermal energy. This might be achieved by simply changing the setting of the time clock that determines boiler availability to a time after sunrise. Adjustment would be required periodically throughout the year as the time of solar energy availability changed. Some experimentation may be necessary until an optimum delay time is found.





































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5.3.3 Space Cooling Subsystem

The performance of the space cooling subsystem is described by comparing the amount of solar energy supplied to the subsystem with the energy required to satisfy the total space cooling load. The energy required to satisfy the total load consists of both solarenergy and auxiliary thermal energy. The ratio of solar energy supplied to the load to the total load is defined as the cooling solar fraction. The calculated cooling solar fraction is the indicator of performance for the subsystem because it defines the percentage of the total space cooling load supported by solar energy.

The performance of the Irvine School-space cooling subsystem is presented in Table 5.3.3-1. For the six-month period from October 1978 through March 1979, the solar energy system supplied a total of 394.33 million Btu to the space cooling load. The total cooling load for the six-month period was 581.81 million Btu and the solar fraction during the period was 14 percent.- As in all absorption chillers, the amount of thermal energy consumed is larger then the cooling load.

The same comments that were made for the poor solar fraction of the space heating subsystem apply to the space cooling subsystem. Changes made to the control system in February also increased the solar fraction of the cooling subsystem in March.


Absorption chillers are used to perform the space cooling at Irvine School, independent of the source of thermal energy (either solar energy or fossil fuel). Calculations of the coefficient of performance (COP),of the chillers in the monthly reports have indicated values ranging from 0.10 to 0.24, with an average of 0.14 for the six-month period. These-values seem exceptionally low, indicating inefficient operation of the chillers.

An investigation of the two 100-ton ARKLA absorption.chillers was performed as part of a study to be published shortly [16]. The results indicate that the chillers are performing near design specification, but possibly they are not of the optimum design for the space cooling loads experienced at



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Irvine School. In actuality, when the load is small, such as in the morning when space cooling is first needed, internal by-passes in the chiller prevent absorption cooling from taking place until the water returning from the cooling tower exceeds approximately 85*F. Meanwhile thermal energy is continuously being sent to the generator portion of the chiller; part of it is used to heat up the relatively large generator and associated hardware, and the remainder is lost to the atmosphere or sent to the cooling tower. The result is that the small cooling load is met at the expense of a relatively large amount of thermal energy, therefore a small COP is measured.

When the cooling load increases, the by-pass flow no longer occurs and absorption chilling occurs as it should with a more normal value for the COP. Apparently there are no modifications that can be made economically to the existing chillers to allow them to efficiently support a small load. An improved performance would probably result from the use of several smaller capacity chillers.


Figure 5.3.3-1 shows the variation of the COP of the 100-ton chiller asit operates during the course of a day at Irvine School. On this particular day, the cooling load was large enough to allow a nominal COP to be achieved., During the six months of this report however, the cooling loads experienced on the average were similar to those experienced during the 8, 9, and 10 O'clock hours shown in the data for March 5. and therefore averaged 0.14 for the period.


















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5.4 Operating Energy

Operating energy for the Irvine School solar energy system is defined as the energy required to transport solar energy to the point of use. Total operating energy for this system consistsof energy collection and storage subsystem operating energy and space heating and cooling subsystem operating energies. Operating energy is electrical energy that is used to support the subsystems without affecting their thermal state. Measured monthly values for subsystem operating energy are presented in Table 5.4-1.

Total system operating energy for the Irvine School is that electrical energy required to operate the main and auxiliary pumps in the collector loop. These are shown as pumps P3 through P6 in Figure 3-1.

Although electrical energy is required to operate the pumps, blowers and the absorption chiller in the loop on the load side of the heat exchanger, all of this equipment would be used if the solar system were not present. Therefore the solar system cannot be taxed by their operation. Since the operating energy required for the collection system is small and quite constant and, since both heating and cooling is required during most months, the operating energy is equally charged to the ECSS, space heating, and space cooling subsystems.

For the six-month period covered by this report, a total of 68.46 million Btu of electrical operating energy was consumed. During the same time, a total of 425.86 million Btu of solar energy was supplied to the space heating load and 394.33 million Btu of solar energy was applied to the space cooling load. Therefore, for every one million Btu of solar energy delivered to the load, 0.08 million Btu (or 24.46 kwh) of electrical operating energy was expended.










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5.5 Energy Savings

Solar energy system savings are realized whenever energy provided by the solar energy system is used to meet system demands which would otherwise be met by auxiliary energy sources. The operating energy required to provide solar energy to the load subsystems is subtracted from the solar energy contribution, and the resulting energy savings are adjusted to reflect the coefficient of performance (COP) of the auxiliary source being supplanted by solar energy.

The auxiliary.source at the Irvine School consists of the gas fired boiler that was at the school prior to the installation of the solar energy system. This unit is considered to be 60 percent efficient for computational purposes, to that 60 percent of the fossil fuel energy supplied to it is delivered to the space heating load..

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6. REFERENCES
1. U.S. Department of Energy, National Solar Data Network, Prepared
under Contract Number EG-77-C-01-4049, by IBM Corporation,
December, 1977.
2. J. T. Smok, V. S. Sohoni, J. M. Nash, "Processing of Instrumented
Data for the National Solar Heating and Cooling Demonstration Program," Conference on Performance Monitoring Techniques for
Evaluation of Solar Heating and Cooling Systems, Washington, D.C.,
April, 1978.
3. E. Streed, et. al., Thermal Data Requirements and Performance
Evaluation Procedures for the National Solar Heating and Cooling
Demonstration Program, NBSIR 76-1137, National Bureau of Standards,
Washington, August, 1976.
4. Mears, J. C. Reference Monthly Environmental Data for Systems in
the National Solar Data Network. Department of Energy report
SOLAR/0019-79/36. Washington, D.C., 1979.
5. ASHRAE Standard 93-77, Methods of Testing to Determine the Thermal
Performance of Solar Collectors, The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers, Inc., New York, NY,
1977.
6. ASHRAE Standard 94-77, Methods of Testing Thermal Storage Devices
Based on Thermal Performance, The American Society of Heating,
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers, Inc., New York, NY,
1977.
7.* Monthly Performance Report, Irvine School, SOLAR/2021-78/10,
Department of Energy, Washington (October 1978).
8.* Monthly Performance Report, Irvine School, SOLAR/2021-78/11,
Department of Energy, Washington (November. 1978).

9.* Monthly Performance Report, Irvine School, SOLAR/2021-78/12,
Department of Energy, Washington (December 1978).

10.* Monthly Performance Report, Irvine School, SOLAR/2021-79/01,
Department of Energy, Washington (January 1979).
ll.* Monthly Performance Report, Irvine School, SOLAR/2021-79/02,
Department of Energy, Washington (February 1979).
12.* Monthly Performance Report, Irvine School, SOLAR/2021-79/03,
Department of Energy, Washington (March 1979).

* Copies of these reports may be obtained from Technical Information
Center, P. 0. Box 62, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37830.



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13. D. E. King, K. E. Smith, "El Camino Real School Solar Project",
The Second Solar Heating and Cooling Commercial Demonstration
Program Contractors Review, San Diego, CA, December, 1978.

14. Evaluation of Control System Abnormalities for Systems Involved
Tin the NSDP, Science Applicato'ns Inc., Albequerque, New Mexico,
April, 1W .

15. McCumber, W. H. Jr., "Col'ettor Array Performance for Instrumented
sites of the National Soiar Heating and Cooling Demonstration
Program," to be published tnd distributed at the 1979 Solar Energy
Conferen ce.

16. Bartlett, J., "Thermal Performances of Space Cooling Solar Energy
Sys:trms in the National Solar Data Network," SOLAR/2021-79/07,
Department of Energy, Washington (July 1979).

17. Personal Communication, Mr. Jon Biemer, May, 1979.


































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APPENDIX A

DEFINITION OF PERFORMANCE FACTORS AND SOLAR TERMS

COLLECTOR ARRAY PERFORMANCE

The collector array performance is characterized by the amount of solar energy collected with respect to the energy available to be collected.

0 INCIDENT SOLAR ENERGY (SEA) is the total insulation available on the
gross collector array area. This is the area of the collector
array energy-receiving aperture, including the framework which is
an integral part of the collector structure.

0 OPERATIONAL INCIDENT ENERGY,(SEOP) is the amount of solar energy
incident on the collector array during the time that the collector loop is active (attempting to collect energy).

0 COLLECTED SOLAR ENERGY (SECA) is the thermal energy removed from
the collector array by the energy transport medium.

0 COLLECTOR ARRAY EFFICIENCY (CAREF) is the ratio of the energy collected to the total solar energy incident on the collector array.
It should be emphasized that this efficiency factor is for the
collector array, and available energy includes the energy incident on the array when the collector loop is inactive. This efficiency
must not be confused with the more common collector efficiency
figures which are determined from instantaneous test data obtained
during steady state operation of a single collector unit. These efficiency figures are often provided by collector manufacturers or presented in technical journals to characterize the functional
capability of a particular col-lector design. In general, the
collector panel maximum efficiency factor will be significantly
higher than the collector array efficiency reported here.






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ENERGY COLLECTION AND STORAGE SUBSYSTEM

The Energy Collection and Storage Subsystem (ECSS) is composed of the collector array, the distribution loop and other components in the system design which are necessary to mechanize the collector and energy distribution and conversion equipment.

0 INCIDENT SOLAR ENERGY (SEA) is the total insolation available
on the gross collector array area. This is the area of the
collector array energy-receiving aperture, including the framework which is an integral part of the collector structure.

AMBIENT TEMPERATURE (TA) is the average temperature of the outdoor
environment at the site.

ENERGY TO LOADS (SEL) is the total thermal energy transported
from the ECSS to all load subsystems.

0 AUXILIARY THERMAL ENERGY TO ECSS (CSAUX) is the total auxiliary
supplied to the ECSS, including auxiliary energy added to the
storage tank, heating devices on the collectors for freezeprotection, etc.

ECSS OPERATING ENERGY (CSOPE) is the critical operating energy
required to support the ECES heat transfer loops.

SPACE HEATING SUBSYSTEM

The space heating subsystem is characterized by performance factors accounting for the complete energy flow to and from the subsystem. The average building-temperature and the average ambient temperature are tabulated to indicate the relative performance of the subsystem in satisfying the space heating load and in controlling the temperature of the conditioned space.






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0 SPACE HEATING LOAD (HL) is the sensible energy added to the air
in the building.

0 SOLAR FRACTION OF LOAD (HSFR) is the fraction of the sensible
energy added to the air in-the building derived from the solar
energy system.

0 SOLAR ENERGY USED (HSE) is the amount of solar energy supplied to
the space heating subsystem.

4 OPERATING ENERGY (HOPE) is the amount of electrical energy
required to support the subsystem, (e.g., fans,, pumps, etc.) and
which is not intended to affect directly the thermal state of
the subsystem.

0 AUXILIARY THERMAL USED (HAT) is the amount of energy supplied to
the major components of the subsystem in the form of thermal energy
in a heat transfer fluid or its equivalent. This term also includes the converted electrical and fossil fuel energy supplied to
the subsystem.

0 AUXILIARY ELECTRICAL FUEL (HAE) is the amount of electrical energy
supplied directly to the subsystem.

0 ELECTRICAL ENERGY SAVINGS (HSVE) is the estimated difference
between the electrical energy requirements of an alternative
conventional system (carrying the full load) and the actual
electrical energy required by the subsystem.

0 BUILDING TEMPERATURE (TB) is the average heated space dry bulb
temperature.

0 AMBIENT TEMPERATURE (TA) is the average ambient dry bulb temperature
at the site.





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SPACE COOLING SUBSYSTEM

The space cooling subsystem is characterized by performance factors accounting for the complete energy flow to and from the subsystem. The average building temperature and the average ambient temperature are tabulated to indicate the relative performance of the subsystem in satisfying the space cooling load and in controlling the temperature of the conditioned space.

0 SPACE COOLING LOAD (CL) is the total energy, including sensible
and latent, removed from the air in the space-cooling area of the
building.


0 SOLAR FRACTION OF LOAD (CSFR) is the percentage of the demand
which is supported by solar energy.


0 SOLAR ENERGY USED (CSE) is the amount of solar energy supplied
to the space-cooling subsystem.


0 OPERATING ENERGY (COPE) is the amount of electrical energy
required to support the subsystem, (e.g., fans, pumps, etc.)
and which is not intended to affect directly the thermal state
of the subsystem.

AUXILIARY THERMAL USED (CAT) is the amount of energy supplied
to the major components of the subsystem in the form of thermal energy in a heat transfer fluid, or its equival-ent. This term also includes the converted electrical and fossil fuel supplied
to the subsystem.


AUXILIARY ELECTRICAL FUEL (CAE) is the amount of electrical
energy supplied directly to the subsystem.


ELECTRICAL ENERGY SAVINGS (CSVE) is the estimated difference between the electrical energy requirements of an alternative
conventional system (carrying the full load) and the actual
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ENVIRONMENTAL SUMMARY

The environmental summnary is a collection of the weather data which is generally instrumented at each site in the program. It is tabulated in this data report for two purposes--as a measure of the conditions prevalent during the operation of the system at the site, and as an historical record of weather data for the vicinity of the site.

TOTAL INSOLATION (SE) is accumulated total solar energy incident upon the gross collector array measured at the site.

AMBIENT TEMPERATURE (TA) is the average temperature of the
environment at the site.

WIND DIRECTION (WDIR) is the average direction of the prevailing wind.


WIND SPEED (WIND) is the average wind speed measured at the site.

DAYTIME AMBIENT TEMPERATURE (TDA) is the temperature during the
period from three hours before solar noon to three hours after
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APPENDIX B

SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEM-PERFORMANCE EQUATIONS FOR THE IRVINE SCHOOL



I. INTRODUCTION,

Salar energy system performance is evaluated by performing energy balance calculations on the system and Its major subsystems. These calculations are based an physical measurement data taken from each subsystem every 320 secaruils. This data is then numerically combined to determine the hourly, daily, and monthly performance of the system. This appendix describes the general computational methods and the specific energy balance equations used for this evaluation.

Data samples from the system measurements are numerically integrated to provide discrete approximations of the continuous functions which characterize the system's dynamic behavior. This numerical 'integration is performed by summation of the product of 'the measured rate of the appropriate performance parameters and the sampling interval over the total time period of interest.

There are several general forms of numerical integration equations which are applied to each site. These general forms are exemplified as follows: The total solar energy available to the collector array is given by

SOLAR ENERGY AVAILABLE = (1/60) E [IOOl x AREA] X AT


where 1001 is the solar radiation measurement provided by the pyranometer in Btu/ft 2_ hr. AREA is the area of the collector array in square feet, AT is the sampling interval in minutes, and the factor (1/60) is included to correct the solar radiation "rate" to the proper units of time.





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Similarly, the energy flow within a system is given typically by COLLECTED SOLAR ENERGY = E [M100 x AH] X AT

where M100 is the mass flow rate of the heat transfer fluid in rnm/min and Ali is the enthalpy change, in Btu/lb m. of the fluid as it passes through the heat exchanging component. For a liquid system AHi is generally given by Ali = AT

where Tp is the average specific heat, in Btu/(lb -0 F), of the heat transfer fluid and AT, in OF, is the temperature differential across
the heat exchanging component.

For an air system AHi is generally given by Ai=Ha (out) H a(T* i)

where H a T) is the enthalpy, in Btu/lbm,of the transport air evaluated at the inlet and outlet temperatures of the heat exchanging component.

H a(T) can have various forms, depending on whether or not the humidity ratio of the transport air remains constant as it passes through the heat exchanging component.















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For electrical power, a general example is

ECSS OPERATING ENERGY = (3413/60) E [EP1OO1 X AT

where EP100 is the power required by electrical equipment in kilowatts and the two factors (1/60) and 3413 correct the data to Btu/min.

These equations are comparable to those specified in "Thermal Data Requirements and Performance Evaluation Procedures for the National Solar Heating and Cooling Demonstration Program." This document, given in the list of references, was prepared by an inter-agency committee of the government, and presents guidelines for thermal performance evaluation.

Performance factors are computed for each hour of the day. Each numerical integration process, therefore, is performed over a period of one hour. Since long-term performance data is desired, it is necessary to build these hourly performance factors to daily values. This is accomplished, for energy parameters, by summing the 24 hourly values. For temperatures, the hourly values are averaged. Certain special factors, such as efficiencies, require appropriate handling to properly weight each hourly sample for the daily value computation. Similar procedures are required to convert daily values to monthly values.





















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EQUATIONS USED IN MONTHLY PERFORMANCE REPORT


NOTE: MEASUREMENT NUMBERS REFERENCE SYSTEM SCHEMATIC FIGURE 3-1


SITE SUMMARY REPORT INCIDENT SOLAR ENERGY (BTU) SEA = (1/60) x r [IOOl x AREA] x AT
INCIDENT SOLAR ENERGY PER UNIT AREA (BTU/FT2) SE = (1/60) x E 1001 x AT
ENTHALPY FUNCTION FOR WATER (BTU/LBM) T2
HWD (T2, T1) = f Cp(T)dT TI

THIS FUNCTION COMPUTES THE ENTHALPY CHANGE OF WATER AS IT PASSES
THROUGH A HEAT EXCHANGING DEVICE. COLLECTED SOLAR ENERGY (BTU) SECA = E [MlO0 x RWD(T150, T100)] x AT
COLLECTED SOLAR ENERGY PER UNIT AREA (BTU/SQ. FT.) SEC = z (M100 x HWD(T150, T100)/AREA] x AT AVERAGE AMBIENT TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F) TA = (1/60) x z T001 x AT
TOTAL SYSTEM OPERATING ENERGY (BTU) SYSOPE = ECSS OPERATING ENERGY + HEATING OPERATING ENERGY + COOLING
OPERATING ENERGY
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ECSS SOLAR CONVERSION EFFICIENCY

CSCEF = SOLAR ENERGY TO LOAD/INCIDENT SOLAR ENERGY ECSS OPERATING ENERGY (BTU)

CSOPE = 56.8833 x z EPlOl x AT LOAD SUBSYSTEM SUMMARY:

HEATING FOSSIL SAVINGS (BTU)

HSVF = SOLAR ENERGY TO HEATING/O.6.

COOLING FOSSIL SAVINGS (BTU)

CSVF = SOLAR ENERGY TO COOLING/O.6.

TOTAL FOSSIL SAVINGS = HSVF + CSVF

TOTAL ELECTRICAL SAVINGS (BTU)

TSVE = -CSOPE

TOTAL ENERGY CONSUMED (BTU)

TECSM = AUXILIARY THERMAL ENERGY + OPERATING ENERGY + SOLAR ENERGY COLLECTED LOAD SUBSYSTEM SUMMARY (BTU): HEATING LOAD

HL = E [M400 x HWD (T400, T450)] x AT COOLING LOAD

CL = r [M502 x HWD (T502, T552)] X AT THERMAL LOAD FOR COOLING

HLC = z [M501 x HWD (T501, T551)] x AT SYSTEM LOAD (BTU)

SYSL = HL + CL

HEATING SOLAR FRACTION (PERCENT)

HSFR = 100 x (HEATING SOLAR ENERGY/HEATING LOAD)

COOLING SOLAR FRACTION (PERCENT)

CSFR = 100 x (COOLING DONE WITH SOLAR ENERGY/COOLING LOAD)




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SOLAR ENERGY USED:
HEATING SOLAR ENERGY (BTU)
HSE = [HL/(HL + HLC)] x TOTAL SOLAR ENERGY TO LOADS
COOLING SOLAR ENERGY (BTU)
CSE = [HLC/(HL + HLC)] x TOTAL SOLAR ENERGY TO LOADS TOTAL SOLAR ENERGY TO LOADS (BTU)
SEL = HSE + CSE
OPERATIONAL INCIDENT ENERGY (BTU)
SEOP = (1/60) E [1001 x AREA] x AT
WHENEVER COLLECTOR PUMP IS RUNNING COLLECTOR ARRAY EFFICIENCY
CAREF = SECA/SEA
ECSS SOLAR CONVERSION EFFICIENCY
CSCEF = SOLAR ENERGY TO LOAD / INCIDENT SOLAR ENERGY DIFFUSE INSOLATION (BTU/FT2)
= (1/60) E 1002 x AT
DAYTIME AMBIENT TEMP (DEGREES F)
TDA = (1/360) E TOOl x AT
+ 3 HOURS FROM SOLAR NOON OPERATING ENERGY (BTU):
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HOPE = [HL/(HL + HLC)] x 56.8833 x E (EP500 + EP507) x AT
COOLING OPERATING ENERGY
COPE = [HLC/(HL + HLC)] x 56.8833 x E (EP500 + EP507 +
EP501 + EP502 + EP503 + EP504 + EP505 + EP506) x AT
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HAT = HEATING AUXILIARY THERMAL ENERGY CAT = COOLING AUXILIARY THERMAL ENERGY
AUXILIARY FUEL CONSUMED

AFC = F500 x 1,000.0

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CAF = CHLC/(HL + HLC)] x AFC

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