Modelling cooling concepts for Oman with oemof

From 2nd to 6th September 2018, the Beuth Hochschule für Technik Berlin supported a training course on sustainable energy concepts at the Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) in Muscat, Oman. The course, jointly led by experts from the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), the Research Council of Oman (TRC) and the Centre for Community Service & Continuing Education at SQU, applied oemof to model cooling concepts in Oman.

Half a day was dedicated to energy system design and optimisation, during which Prof. Silke Köhler not only gave an introduction to the general approach of system optimisation, but also invited the participants to do a hands-on design exercise: The goal was a design for cooling facilities for a new built technology centre in Muscat, choosing from a variety of technical options.

A pre-fabricated oemof model allowed to test and evaluate the designs on-site, leading to useful insights – all concepts fullfilled the cooling demand, but performed differently regard cost, CO2 emissions and solar fraction of primary energy input.

For more information on the training course see:

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