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The design of a stand alone power system for Chipendeke

Masola, Tjedza (2018) The design of a stand alone power system for Chipendeke. Honours thesis, Murdoch University.

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This study developed a hybrid renewable energy integrated stand- alone power system for the community of Chipendeke, a remote area located in Zimbabwe. A techno-economic feasibility study has been undertaken to identify the prospect of the proposed hybrid power system. The study considers various technical and financial options that are available for the system with multiple distribution generation applications and the selection of the most optimum solution for the community.

Information about the community was researched, which included their way of life, load demand, future requirements and the renewable energy resources available in the area. This information, as well as the current prices of the required components of the system, were used to develop a model for the microgrid for Chipendeke. This thesis has only considered the design and costs of the system and more simulations and studies need to be undertaken in order for this system to be implemented. These would include analysing the current transmission system as well as developing protection strategies.

By developing a hybrid renewable stand-alone model, this study aims to be a useful resource for future work that is done within the community of Chipendeke. As the community grows, it is hoped that this model will act as a basis for further research in to the development of a microgrid for the area.

Item Type: Thesis (Honours)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Engineering and Information Technology
United Nations SDGs: Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Supervisor(s): Shafiullah, GM
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