Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Solar-Diesel Hybrid Power System Optimization and Experimental Validation
by Jacobus, Headley Stewart, M.S., University of Maryland, College Park, 2010, 112; 1489107
Abstract (Summary)

As of 2008 1.46 billion people, or 22 percent of the World’s population, were without electricity. Many of these people live in remote areas where decentralized generation is the only method of electrification. Most mini-grids are powered by diesel generators, but new hybrid power systems are becoming a reliable method to incorporate renewable energy while also reducing total system cost. This thesis quantifies the measurable Operational Costs for an experimental hybrid power system in Sierra Leone. Two software programs, Hybrid2 and HOMER, are used during the system design and subsequent analysis. Experimental data from the installed system is used to validate the two programs and to quantify the savings created by each component within the hybrid system. This thesis bridges the gap between design optimization studies that frequently lack subsequent validation and experimental hybrid system performance studies.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kiger, Kenneth
Commitee: Azarm, Shapour, Kim, Jungho
School: University of Maryland, College Park
Department: Mechanical Engineering
School Location: United States -- Maryland
Source: MAI 49/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Alternative Energy, Mechanical engineering, Energy
Keywords: Battery bank, Diesel-only generator, Generation cost, Hybrid power, Load profile, Operation and maintenance, Sierra Leone
Publication Number: 1489107
ISBN: 978-1-124-48483-9
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