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A design consideration for solar PV-diesel remote electricity network: Australia perspective

Jamal, T., Shoeb, Md.A.ORCID: 0000-0002-6653-107X, Shafiullah, GM.ORCID: 0000-0002-2211-184X, Carter, C.E. and Urmee, T. (2016) A design consideration for solar PV-diesel remote electricity network: Australia perspective. In: 2016 IEEE Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Asia (ISGT-Asia), 28 Nov.-1 Dec. 2016, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, VIC

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Diesel generators are typically used in remote Australian electricity networks to generate power for its consumers. Solar PV systems are one of the most common renewable resources due to their gradual technical advancement, decreasing cost and wide application. This study aims to design and model a PV-Diesel power system for a generic remote town in Australia. The electricity generation philosophy using a centralised PV system along with the existing Diesel capacity is modelled and simulated in Hybrid Optimization of Multiple Energy Resources (HOMER) software. The study considers higher levels of PV penetration and conducts a techno-economic analysis of different network configurations to propose a comprehensive electricity network design and generation philosophy, based on the cost of energy (AU$/kWh), the quantity of excess electricity, fuel savings potential and environmental impacts for a remote Australian town.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Engineering and Information Technology
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