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Holistic design approach for a small scale domestic saps on the central wheat belt of Western Australia

Tunnicliffe, Karl (2010) Holistic design approach for a small scale domestic saps on the central wheat belt of Western Australia. Masters by Coursework thesis, Murdoch University.

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The objective for this research project was to develop a commercially feasible holistic design approach for small scale stand alone power supply (SAPS) systems. Technical and economic performance expectations may conventionally be viewed as dominant design influences. A feasibility study for the options available to a proposed small scale domestic SAPS on the Central Wheat Belt of Western Australia fulfilled the role of a case study in exploring the holistic design approach.

Overall the research project comprised developing together with implementing the holistic design approach through the SAPS case study and analysing the outcome. The principal tools involved in the design approach were AS4509 part 2, HOMER and a holistic design tool that was developed for the purposes of holistically screening and ranking the prospective energy system solutions.

An important feature of the holistic design tool was considered that it assisted in transparently capturing together with communicating the reasoning behind the recommended holistically optimal solutions. Opportunity costs were included in the HOMER simulations to account for the time commitments of the clients that were projected to be involved in the solution options.

A commercially feasible structure was considered to have been established for the holistic design approach as an outcome of the research. The structure provided the foundations for progressive enhancements to the consistency, repeatability, productivity and meaningfulness of the approach. In the short run the structure was viewed to have achieved a practical solution for the case study in the form of a prospectively holistically optimised system for recommended implementation.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters by Coursework)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Engineering and Energy
Supervisor(s): Pryor, Trevor and Whale, Jonathan
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