Technology improvement on solar systems has recently given the solar industry a big boost in the market especially in locations such as California where solar irradiance is abundant and fossil fuel prices are constantly on the rise. However solar power technology is not perfect and may still have some drawbacks. This project presents a theoretical evaluation and comparison between two possible off-grid systems in accordance with their cost over a fixed amount of years. A case study will be conducted to determine which of the following two off-grid systems best satisfies a given load profile in terms of cost and efficiency: a Photovoltaic (PV) system with battery back-up or an AC generator with diesel fuel engine. A cost comparison of both systems will determine whether solar energy is a good investment and can be considered as an alternative power solution for the future. A MATLAB simulation of the PV system will help visualize the battery’s charging process with respect to the load.
|Commitee:||Ary, James, Nazari, Masoud|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 55/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Battery, Diesel generator, Off-grid, Photovoltaic|
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