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A user guide to simple monitoring and sustainable operation of PV-diesel hybrid systems: Handbook for system users and operators
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Energy Technology. IEA Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme. (SERC)
2015 (English)Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

This report contains a suggestion for a simple monitoring and evaluation guideline for PV-diesel hybrid systems. It offers system users a way to better understand if their system is operated in a way that will make it last for a long time. It also gives suggestions on how to act if there are signs of unfavourable use or failure. The application of the guide requires little technical equipment, but daily manual measurements. For the most part, it can be managed by pen and paper, by people with no earlier experience of power systems.The guide is structured and expressed in a way that targets PV-diesel hybrid system users with no, or limited, earlier experience of power engineering. It is less detailed in terms of motivations for certain choices and limitations, but rich in details concerning calculations, evaluation procedures and maintenance routines. A more scientific description of the guide can be found in a related journal article.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
International Energy Agency (IEA), 2015.
Series
IEA-PVPS T9 ; 16:2015
National Category
Energy Systems
Research subject
Energy, Forests and Built Environments, Teknisk och social anpassning av små hybridelnät för förnybar energi
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-20933OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-20933DiVA, id: diva2:900738
Funder
Sida - Swedish International Development Cooperation AgencyAvailable from: 2016-02-05 Created: 2016-02-05 Last updated: 2019-12-05Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Micro-grids supplied by renewable energy: Improving technical and social feasibility
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Micro-grids supplied by renewable energy: Improving technical and social feasibility
2019 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Universal access to electricity stands high on the global agenda and is regarded as essential for positive development in sectors such as health care, education, poverty reduction, food production and climate change. Decentralized, off-grid electrification is deemed an important complement to centralized grid extension. By utilizing a renewable energy source, solar technology for the generation of electricity, photovoltaics (PV) is being considered as a way forward to minimize the environmental problems related to energy use.

This thesis aims to contribute to improving the technical and social feasibility of PV and PV-diesel hybrid micro-grids for the purpose of providing access to electricity to people in rural areas of countries with low level access to electricity. In line with these general aims, the focus has been to address three questions related to challenges in three phases of rural electrification. The work has a multi-disciplinary approach, addressing mainly technical and social aspects of long-term sustainability of micro-grids, in a local context, and the changes these are intended to generate. One specific micro-grid in Tanzania has been used as a major case study.

The thesis is developed through three papers, all presenting methodologies or aspects for investigation in rural electrification projects and studies in general, and for PV-diesel hybrid micro-grids in particular. Paper I puts forward a methodology to facilitate non-social scientific researchers to take social aspects increasingly into consideration. Paper II is a guideline to support system users to increasingly apply an evaluation based system operation. Paper III specifically highlights the importance to consider blackouts when investigating how an existing off-grid PV-diesel hybrid system shall be utilized when a national grid becomes available.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2019. p. 53
Keywords
Rural electrification, Electricity access, Decentralized, Off-grid, Photovoltacs, PV-hybrid, Micro-grid, Multi-disciplinary, Sociotechnical
National Category
Energy Engineering
Research subject
Energy and Built Environments
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-31156 (URN)
Presentation
2019-04-04, B311, Röda vägen 3, Borlänge, 10:00 (English)
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Available from: 2019-12-05 Created: 2019-12-05 Last updated: 2019-12-05Bibliographically approved

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