Energy modeling and possible renewable energy solutions for airports

by Dilan Ecem Karakaya

Institution: Colorado State University – Pueblo
Year: 2016
Keywords: Energy modeling; HVAC; Airports  – Environmental aspects; Renewable energy sources; Computer simulation
Posted: 02/05/2017
Record ID: 2077167
Full text PDF: http://hdl.handle.net/10217/173048


Airports involve energy-intensive operations that can considerably lower cost by investing in energy-efficient technologies. Improved lighting, mechanical, HVAC systems and using renewable energy sources are the biggest opportunities to save energy in the airports. To be able to see the possible solutions for energy saving, energy modeling of the building is necessary. Energy modeling is used in the design process to be able to focus on the most promising energy-saving strategies. It helps to see how much energy each of the activities by fuel type, task, and building components consume and what possibly can be done to increase the efficiency. Detailed understanding of the building allows the designer to see the possible energy savings or on-site renewable energy methods that are best for the building. The objective of this study is to create an energy model that calculates the peak load and energy consumption of the building per year. In order to fulfill the main objective, an energy model is created using Microsoft Excel for different types of buildings. The model calculates the heat gains that are caused by different components of the building, as well as the energy consumption and cost of the electricity per year. The results of this research can help airports understand their energy systems to be able to take advantage of energy saving methods and renewable energy opportunities. Advisors/Committee Members: Fraser, Jane M. (advisor), Bedoya-Valencia, Leonardo (committee member), Jaksic, Nebojsa I. (committee member), Paudel, Ananda (committee member).