Report

Informing the next generation residential energy assessment tools

The Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme, commonly known as NatHERS, which is applied through software tools such as AccuRate Sustainability, has become the predominant pathway for complying with energy efficiency requirements within the National Construction Code of Australia. Current energy efficiency regulations have remained unchanged...
Conference paper

Optimization of standalone solar heat fired absorption chiller for typical Australian homes

The increased penetration of residential air-conditioners (AC); specifically vapor compression types, is regarded as one of the foremost causes of a dramatic rise in critical peak electricity demands requiring corresponding upgrades of electricity infrastructures. These upgrades requires heavy investments, consequently, driving up electricity prices. Solar...
Conference paper

The life cycle cost of standalone solar air-water heat pumps for Australian homes

To combat increasing electricity prices due to the high operating costs of conventional reverse cycle air-airheat pumps (RC-AA-HP), they can be powered by standalone PV systems as a radical demand side energy management solution. However, the heavy power consumption of their compressors necessitates very large...
Conference paper

Life cycle cost of standalone solar photovoltaic system powering evaporative cooler and heat pump water heater for Australian remote homes

Deploying standalone solar air-conditioning systems in residential buildings forms a radical demand-side energy management solution for eliminating the peak electricity demand from residential air-conditioning. For existing grids to meet this demand a correspondingly major investment is required to extend the capacity of the infrastructure. For...
Discussion paper

A simulation, optimization and economic analysis of solar standalone reverse cycle air conditioning system for typical Australian homes

The rising penetration of vapor compression air conditioning systems in Australian dwellings has raised the peak power demand. Consequently, the electrical infrastructure requires significant, costly upgrades that is invariably passed on to all end-users. Electricity network charges account for about half the cost of an...