The ability to model Colorcoat Renew SC® solar collectors in the Virtual Environment is available as part of the VE 2015 release.
The Colorcoat Renew SC® solar collectors are the latest edition to the Performance Components Library within the Virtual Environment. Performance components help architects and engineers deliver low maintenance, energy efficient designs within the built environment. Pre-built manufacturer assemblies can be imported to the Virtual Environment, providing a mix of geometry and thermal data as per manufacturer specification.
The Colorcoat Renew SC® User guide explains how to create a simple model, import the Colorcoat Renew SC® component, assign surfaces to a plenum, create or import a HVAC network and perform thermal simulations. The guide also includes general hints for tweaking and customising the system to be modelled.
There are 4 variations of Colorcoat Renew SC® solar collectors that can be applied to your building model:
- Variant A
This configuration comprises a variable speed fan; no recirculation air; no integrated heating or cooling. This system works in parallel to other conventional space heating equipment, hence is commonly employed in retrofit applications or new build where the geography between main plant and the collector is not suitable for integration
- Variant B
This configuration comprises a constant velocity fan drawing air from either the solar collector or from high-level internal space recirculation, or a combination of the two sources. Distribution ductwork is employed to more effectively and evenly distribute internal air temperature, hence minimising internal stratification of temperature. This is again a parallel system working in conjunction with separate conventional space heating equipment.
- Variant C
This configuration provides an integrated option to preheat the supply of fresh air to a space heating and ventilation system. It comprises solar collector and ambient air feeds, both controlled by motorised dampers and then mixed before feeding the air-handling unit. Operating parameters such as temperature and air flow are driven by the requirements / limitations of the subsequent AHU.
- Variant D
This configuration comprises a constant velocity fan drawing air from either the solar collector or from high-level internal space recirculation, or a combination of the two sources. Also there is a heater battery fed by conventional indirect heating. Distribution ductwork is employed to more effectively and evenly distribute internal air temperature, hence minimising internal stratification of temperature. This is a serial system with integral conventional space heating capacity for periods where the renewable solar gain is not sufficient.
For further information contact the Colorcoat Renew SC® Integrated Sales Team
T: +44 (0) 1244 892331 or +44 (0) 1244 892336