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Renewable energy design for the David Cruickshank reserve: Pre-Feasibility study on behalf of the City Of Nedlands

Cheng, Liam (2016) Renewable energy design for the David Cruickshank reserve: Pre-Feasibility study on behalf of the City Of Nedlands. Honours thesis, Murdoch University.

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Abstract

The City of Nedlands is interested in the possibility of a renewable power system at their David Cruickshank Reserve and are interested in wind, solar and battery systems. The two main design challenges are catering to large overnight loads that outweigh all other energy use and working around the fact that five separate electricity meters supply the Reserve.

The summary findings are that a wind power system is not feasible for the Reserve due to a combination of poor wind speeds and high capital costs, while certain small solar power systems across two buildings are considered good investments provided the Reserve remains eligible for the Renewable Energy Buyback Scheme offered by Synergy.

Sensitivity analysis of the two solar systems show that they remain feasible even if capital cost is underestimated. None of the power systems analysed benefitted from the addition of a battery storage system, which not only was prohibitively expensive but also competed directly with cheap off-peak electricity rates in some cases.

During the study, it was found that some of the electricity accounts at the Reserve may benefit from closer scrutiny as certain combinations of meters and tariffs are possibly paying more than necessary, and the utility reporting tool is incomplete.

Publication Type: Thesis (Honours)
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Engineering and Information Technology
Supervisor: Whale, Jonathan
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/35811
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