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An investigation of RAPS using hydrogen as an energy carrier

Renwick, Simon (2005) An investigation of RAPS using hydrogen as an energy carrier. Masters by Coursework thesis, Murdoch University.

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This dissertation compares hydrogen based RAPS (H2RAPS) against various other conventional RAPS systems, for a real-life load case at Gnaraloo Station, 150km north of Carnarvon in Western Australia. The cost of supplying power to the station is explored to deliver a basic design and baseline cost using Australian technology and vendors. In addition, the H2 RAPS is compared with other types of RAPS designed to AS4509, to discuss which is the most effective system to meet the power needs of the station. NREL's software HOMER is used to calculate the system performance and economic characteristics of each RAPS option. Specific load profile data has been recorded on-site using power analysers attached to the generators, for a period of one month. This is reconciled against the findings of the energy audit to produce an annual load profile. The solar and wind resources are determined from measurements taken in Carnarvon and Learmonth, both relatively close to Gnaraloo (within 150km) and the best data that was available at the time of writing. The objective is to quantify the $/kWh costs for developing an H2 RAPS in 2004, and to compare these with the conventional RAPS options.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters by Coursework)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Engineering Science
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Supervisor(s): Pryor, Trevor
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