The Spawn of EnergyPlus, called SOEP, is a next-generation simulation engine, for building and control energy systems. SOEP will combine

  • The OpenStudio front-end for model authoring, simulation and as a workflow automation tool,

  • the Modelica Buildings Library as a repository of models,

  • OPTIMICA as a translator that translate models from the Modelica standard to the Functional Mockup Interface standard for simulation and for execution on control systems,

  • QSS solvers, a class of new solvers that we develop for Spawn,

  • PyFMI as a suite of state-of-the-art numerical solvers that conduct a time domain simulation.

The intent is for SOEP and EnergyPlus to live side-by-side, with the OpenStudio software development kit providing access to both and insulating users and client vendors from implementation differences. Equation-based models allow SOEP to unify building energy modeling with control workflows, and allow users and manufacturers to insert their own models into SOEP.

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Fig. 1 : Spawn-of-EnergyPlus (SOEP) is a next-generation BEM engine that leverages open standards for equation-based modeling (Modelica) and co-simulation (FMI).

This documentation is a working document for the design, development and implementation of the Spawn of EnergyPlus (SOEP). The document is work in progress, used as a discussion basis, and any of the design may change.

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