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Residential remote area power supply system monitoring and analysis

Fletcher, Serena (1999) Residential remote area power supply system monitoring and analysis. Masters by Coursework thesis, Murdoch University.

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The objective of this thesis was to design, develop, test and install a monitoring system for a residential renewable energy remote area power supply (RAPS) system. In doing so, the aim was to address the lack of availability of reliable, accurate and continuously monitored data for residential remote area power supply (RAPS) systems. A comprehensive database of monitored data for renewable energy RAPS systems, such as the one monitored for this thesis, will provide a basis for improving the understanding of the operation of these systems. This information may prove useful to system designers, equipment suppliers, system owners, potential system buyers, researchers, the Government and the public in general.

The project will also provide feedback to the Office of Energy on the performance of a selected renewable energy RAPS system under the Wes tern Australian Government's Renewable Energy RAPS Rebate Scheme, in particular, the contribution of the renewable energy component of the system.

The data collected in monitoring projects, such as this one, can be used to validate the accuracy of computer simulation programs. The lack of reliable monitored data has inhibited the validation of such simulation programs under field conditions. The aim in this thesis was to use the data collected to validate the accuracy of the RAPSIM simulation program.

The residential hybrid PV RAPS system at Mundabullangana Station, Port Hedland, was selected for monitoring for a period of two years. This thesis details the design, development, testing and installation of a monitoring system for the RAPS system. At the time of submission of this thesis, approximately six weeks of high quality data was obtained.

The monitored data allowed the RAPS system operational performance to be analysed in detail, and to be verified against the estimated performance provided by the designers of the system. The preliminary monitored results showed a close agreement with the estimated values.

The data was also used to validate the RAPSIM simulation program. The results indicated a good correlation between the simulated and monitored daily profiles, and a reasonable to good comparison between the average daily system parameters.

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Supervisor(s): Cheok, Kenneth
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