Seminar - Technical and economic analysis of Hybrid Renewable Energy System for rural electrification in India

ECS PhD Proposal

Speaker: Abhi Chatterjee
Time: Thursday 27th July 2017 at 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Cotton Club, Cotton 350

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The global environmental challenges, energy crises, and need for sustainable energy technologies, as alternative solutions to fossil fuels, have awakened the interests in renewable electricity generation. Therefore, renewable energy technologies are expected to play a significant role in meeting the world’s electricity demand in not-too-distant future. While large-scale renewable energy systems are integrated into power transmission network, small-scale renewable resources are either integrated into distribution networks or operated as stand-alone systems close to the users. However, inspite of realising the fact for the usage of the renewable energy for rural electrification facts and figures proves that large section of the rural communities in developing countries like India are yet to experience the significance of the electrification process. As per the statistics a mere 55% of rural households currently receive electricity. Access to electricity will have large scale positive impacts on the socio-economic standards of the dwellers in the rural communities and hamlets in India. The purpose of this thesis is to develop and model small scale renewable energy systems for the rural communities with India as a case study. A Hybrid Renewable Energy System (HRES) as per the favourable energy resource available for the location will be designed and modelled as per the IEEE/IEC standards. The systems will be analysed on basis of technical reliability and economic feasibility. In this preliminary work, a HRES system is designed and modelled for a single household meeting a peak demand load of 2.835 - 4.965 kWh/d over the three seasons. The HRES is compared to the single source system on technical and economic aspects. A detailed 36- month project plan is included which shows the timeline for the already executed tasks and the future tasks for timely completion of the proposed research work undertaken.

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