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Design of a 2 MW PV system: Industry project

Mostafaveypour, Milad (2017) Design of a 2 MW PV system: Industry project. Honours thesis, Murdoch University.

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The need for using electricity has reached a point of civilization where electricity is utilized for all purposes. However, in recent times, construction of new large power generating plants is not keeping pace with growing electricity demand. Meanwhile, consumer demand for even more reliable power is increasing day by day. In centralized power generation concepts, providing power to the rural areas and islands has always been a big challenge for electricity distributors and suppliers due to transmission costs and difficulties to maintain the power quality. Also, remote locations and islands typically suffer from an energy shortage and lack of water security and profoundly depend on diesel generators and diesel backup systems for electricity. Furthermore, fuel transportation and storage cost have continued to fluctuate and grow which can potentially lead to prevent investment in other social and economic growth for these communities.

To reduce dependency on costly, logistic incentive and fossil fuels imports, the renewable energy sources are used to deliver sustainable, reliable energy to the rural areas and island communities in the form of micro-grids or mini-grids. Micro-grids can accommodate renewable and non-renewable energy sources such as Photovoltaic (PV) systems, wind turbines and also diesel generators. In addition to renewable sources of energy, battery energy storage system can also be integrated into the micro-gird concept.

The Garden Island Micro-Grid (GIMG) at WA, Australia will be the world’s first demonstration of a wave energy integrated micro-gird and desalination facility. The underlying concept of this project will be to demonstrate the integration of a 2MW solar PV and a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) which required meeting the power demands of the Island. The core purpose of this thesis document is to design a 2MW PV array system for the GIMG project. This report will outline the research, design, and analysis including the literature review, as well as in-depth description of the simulations that were conducted to design the PV system. The 2MW PV system design was approved by the Energy Made Clean’s (EMC) design manager as well as the Garden Island authority, and it is going to be implemented in June 2017.

Item Type: Thesis (Honours)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Engineering and Information Technology
Supervisor(s): Shafuillah, GM
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