This thesis presents a novel approach towards solving one of the nation’s electric and energy sustainability problems and will have a major impact on California’s energy policy in meeting its targets, regarding renewable energy and minimizing carbon footprint. The study focuses on examining the technical and economic feasibility of smart micro-grid with distributed generation (DG) system with renewable energy on a coastal city. It presents a method to increase power reliability, redundancy, efficiency and to decrease the greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions contributing to climate change and ensure environmental sustainability. This innovative idea of aggregating multiple micro-grids that encompasses renewable energy from solar and wind, and uses battery storage and natural gas turbine generation for grid stability is unprecedented, which has been demonstrated as part of the results of this study. The proposed system produces enough power to sustain a small city while selling its excess power to adjacent cities. Moreover, this system could adopt other energy sources, not constrained to solar and wind, to exploit an area’s particular renewable energy niche (micro-hydro, geothermal, tidal wave, etc.). It is important to note that this system is economically, socially and environmental friendly (pillars of sustainability), through energy resource diversification, while harnessing free and abundant energy. The results of this study can used in designing and implementing a smart micro-grid in any city to meet its renewable energy and sustainability goal.
|Commitee:||Hashempour, Darr, Toossi, Reza|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 58/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Alternative Energy, Mechanical engineering|
|Keywords:||Micro-grid, San Diego International Airport, Seal Beach|
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