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Feasibility study of microgrid application for Murdoch University

Abdul Rahim, Alia (2019) Feasibility study of microgrid application for Murdoch University. Honours thesis, Murdoch University.

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Abstract

In this modern era, technology continues to develop and improve, experiencing a signification transformation from the traditional concept and centralized power generation to an incorporated system with distributed energy resources (DER) which is then located closer to the local loads. A sustainable solution with this future concept would be the Microgrid application, and it is a growing system in recent days. This system consists of an integration of the generation from different renewable energy sources that contain energy storage systems. Microgrid also acts as a backup source to failure of the main power supply allowing the network to operate independently. This technology has provided a high reliance on the economy and the growing demand of the technologies such as the energy generated from wind and solar. The growth in several Microgrid utilization has also decreased the reliance on the usage of fossil fuels.

The idea of the Microgrid application and implementing it into the network of Murdoch University would provide such significant benefits to the commercial ground. The objective of this thesis is to analyse the opportunity of self-generation of electricity with the possibility of implementing Photovoltaic systems, and a battery energy storage system. The demand for the electricity of the campus would also be analysed with the university’s existing renewable energy source, which is the diesel generator. MU has also experienced several events of power failure. Therefore, another aim of the project is also to have these Microgrid components to act as a back-up source.

Risks from the failure of the main power supply will be identified in the introductory part of this thesis before flowing into the concept of Microgrid. The design and the specifications of the components to be integrated into the targeted network will be explained throughout the body of this chapter. The output of the research will provide a summary of potential generation from the chosen components. To have a self-generation of electricity would not only lead MU to be investing in the early stages but would also lead MU to an amount of cost-saving upon the project lifetime.

Item Type: Thesis (Honours)
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Engineering and Information Technology
Supervisor(s): Calais, Martina
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/52452
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