Simulation and optimum design of hybrid solar-wind and solar-wind-diesel power generation systems

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Simulation and optimum design of hybrid solar-wind and solar-wind-diesel power generation systems


Author: Zhou, Wei
Title: Simulation and optimum design of hybrid solar-wind and solar-wind-diesel power generation systems
Degree: Ph.D.
Year: 2008
Subject: Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations.
Wind energy conversion systems.
Department: Dept. of Building Services Engineering
Pages: xvi, 200 leaves : ill. ; 30 cm.
Language: English
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Abstract: Solar and wind energy systems are considered as promising power generating sources due to its availability and topological advantages in local power generations. However, a drawback, common to solar and wind options, is their unpredictable nature and dependence on weather changes, both of these energy systems would have to be oversized to make them completely reliable. Fortunately, the problems caused by variable nature of these resources can be partially overcome by integrating these two resources in a proper combination to form a hybrid system. However, with the increased complexity in comparison with single energy systems, optimum design of hybrid system becomes more complicated. In order to efficiently and economically utilize the renewable energy resources, one optimal sizing method is necessary. This thesis developed an optimal sizing method to find the global optimum configuration of stand-alone hybrid (both solar-wind and solar-wind-diesel) power generation systems. By using Genetic Algorithm (GA), the optimal sizing method was developed to calculate the system optimum configuration which offers to guarantee the lowest investment with full use of the PV array, wind turbine and battery bank. For the hybrid solar-wind system, the optimal sizing method is developed based on the Loss of Power Supply Probability (LPSP) and the Annualized Cost of System (ACS) concepts. The optimization procedure aims to find the configuration that yields the best compromise between the two considered objectives: LPSP and ACS. The decision variables, which need to be optimized in the optimization process, are the PV module capacity, wind turbine capacity, battery capacity, PV module slope angle and wind turbine installation height. For the hybrid solar-wind-diesel system, minimization of the system cost is achieved not only by selecting an appropriate system configuration, but also by finding a suitable control strategy (starting and stopping point) of the diesel generator. The optimal sizing method was developed to find the system optimum configuration and settings that can achieve the custom-required Renewable Energy Fraction (fRE) of the system with minimum Annualized Cost of System (ACS). Du to the need for optimum design of the hybrid systems, an analysis of local weather conditions (solar radiation and wind speed) was carried out for the potential installation site, and mathematical simulation of the hybrid systems' components was also carried out including PV array, wind turbine and battery bank. By statistically analyzing the long-term hourly solar and wind speed data, Hong Kong area is found to have favorite solar and wind power resources compared with other areas, which validates the practical applications in Hong Kong and Guangdong area. Simulation of PV array performance includes three main parts: modeling of the maximum power output of the PV array, calculation of the total solar radiation on any tilted surface with any orientations, and PV module temperature predictions. Five parameters are introduced to account for the complex dependence of PV array performance upon solar radiation intensities and PV module temperatures. The developed simulation model was validated by using the field-measured data from one existing building-integrated photovoltaic system (BIPV) in Hong Kong, and good simulation performance of the model was achieved. Lead-acid batteries used in hybrid systems operate under very specific conditions, which often cause difficulties to predict when energy will be extracted from or supplied to the battery. In this thesis, the lead-acid battery performance is simulated by three different characteristics: battery state of charge (SOC), battery floating charge voltage and the expected battery lifetime. Good agreements were found between the predicted values and the field-measured data of a hybrid solar-wind project. At last, one 19.8kW hybrid solar-wind power generation project, designed by the optimal sizing method and set up to supply power for a telecommunication relay station on a remote island of Guangdong province, was studied. Simulation and experimental results about the operating performances and characteristics of the hybrid solar-wind project have demonstrated the feasibility and accuracy of the recommended optimal sizing method developed in this thesis.

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