TOWARDS TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF VIRTUAL TESTBED FOR NET ZERO ENERGY COMMUNITIES
As a step towards future energy smart cities, net zero
energy communities (NZECs) attract international
attention and can be important contributions to combat
the global climate change. However, the complexities of
the NZEC, derived from the interactions between the
various subsystems and components of the community
energy system, make the design and control of NZECs
difficult. To address this problem, we propose to develop
a virtual testbed based on Historic Green Village, which
is a real NZEC located in Anna Maria Island, Florida.
This paper first introduces the design of the virtual
NZEC testbed and the hybrid thermal-electric energy
system that serves the Historic Green Village. We then
show the implementation of Modelica models for the
ground coupled heat pump subsystem, which is a part of
the hybrid system. We also present some preliminary
simulation results of the ground coupled heat pump
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