Duration: 24 Months (April 2017 – April 2019)
LIT Project Budget: €453,970
Total Project Budget: €772,960
Superhomes 1.0, a concept developed by the Tipperary Energy Agency (TEA) combines a range of deep retrofit measures with Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP), Wood Stoves and Photovoltaic (PV) technologies.
Superhomes also integrates ESBs Connected Home Solution, a home energy management system, which allows homeowners to track and engage with their electricity consumption via on-line tools and applications. As this innovative energy retrofitting approach is rolled out by the TEA, opportunities for further optimisation have been identified.
Objectives and Aims of the Project
- Develop models of a typical Superhomes 1.0 dwelling, using appropriate tools e.g. Matlab/Simulink, with particular focus on critical ASHP operation factors (flow temp, thermal storage capacity etc.). Following simulation, develop a ASHP Optimisation controller (ASHP Opto) which will be field tested in a selection of Superhome buildings.
- Model PV system outputs, Space and DHW heating profiles for Superhomes dwellings with a view to developing algorithms and strategies to optimise PV output usage. A PV control module (ASHP PV) will be developed and tested with a view to integrating it into ESBs Connected Home solution.
- Define a specific HP Time of Use (ToU) Tariff, following analysis of building and ASHP electricity demand profiles, which will be tested and trailed using ESBs Pay As You Go meters.
- Assess the impact of ASHP operation on the electricity grid operational characteristics through a small scale metering programme.
- Develop a fully integrated Superhomes 2.0 solution for the market which integrates a NZEB retrofit package with an optimised ASHP control system and a Smart Home Energy Management system.
- Move the Superhomes concept from its pilot phase to a point where a clear business model has been developed for the TEA and ESB to facilitate its large scale deployment Nationally