Extensive studies have been performed in the past to integrate more than one 'green' energy source, e.g., solar, wind and hydrogen, for power generation. For actual operation in a realistic environment, such a hybrid process must be fully functional despite random fluctuations in energy supplies and power demands. A common option for accommodating the uncertain disturbances and their cumulative effects is to introduce battery into a properly structured system. However, by using an ad hoc approach, these schemes may be either overdesigned or inoperable. A generic mathematical programming model is thus adopted in the present study to compute a so-called temporal flexibility index for use as a performance measure. In order to demonstrate the usefulness of this assessment criterion, a large collection of photovoltaics/fuel cell/wind turbine (PVFCWT) systems were configured for a specific application and then compared accordingly so as to identify the best combination of energy supplies. A MATLAB/Simulink simulation program has also been developed in this work to validate these design decisions.
|Title of host publication||Chemical Engineering Transactions|
|Editors||Xia Liu, Petar Sabev Varbanov, Jiri Jaromir Klemes, Sharifah Rafidah Wan Alwi, Jun Yow Yong|
|Publisher||Italian Association of Chemical Engineering - AIDIC|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 2015 Oct 1|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Chemical Engineering(all)