Thermal storage - heat buffer
Is there any work-around to simulate a heat buffer as thermal storage device in combination with a CHP generator? The idea is to store surplus heat to satisfy a thermal load at a later point in time. Such a scenario is very common in CHP applications where the generator has a certain minimum run-time but thermal load is already satisfied or in a scenario where the generator runs to sell electricity to the grid but thermal load is lower than heat generation. Thanks for any hints.
Thermal storage is not currently formally supported in HOMER Pro. However, you can adapt the deferrable load to model a thermal storage application—but it does not tie into the thermal bus directly.
Please refer to the following knowledge base article for more information:
You can also read about deferrable loads in the online manual: