Design and development of an energy positive, modular, transportable building
Thesis DisciplineElectrical Engineering
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Engineering
This project has involved the design, development and modelling of a stand alone, transportable, renewable energies building. An experimental test apparatus was con- structed that characterised the performance of a single panel Building Integrated Pho- toVoltaic/Thermal Collector. The data collected from the test apparatus was used to aid in the design and modelling of a 9.4m by 3.6m building that includes 18 BIPV/T panels. After multiple revisions, a final building design was realised that satisfied all structural and aesthetic requirements. An extensive set of simulations were performed on this design to predict the thermal and electrical performance of the building. The results predicted a thermal energy deficit during winter months which had to be recti- fied with an auxiliary resistive heater to maintain a minimum internal zone temperature of 16°. The power system provided a reliable electricity supply for a minimum electri- cal storage of 11.2kWh. The complete construction cost for the design was $125,450.36 which includes a 20% profit margin and 15% GST. Comparisons to other currently avail- able products were made but did not provide a definitive indication of the building's commercial viability. Calling on his wealth of experience, Brent Mettrick is confident that the building design could be successful in the market place.