Alternate Hybrid Power Sources for Remote Site Applications.
Final rept. Feb 80-Feb 81,
JOHNS HOPKINS UNIV LAUREL MD APPLIED PHYSICS LAB
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Unmanned Coast Guard lighthouses currently dependent on diesel generators are classified into six climatic groups and three power classes for generic analysis. Methods for describing both the hourly average and statistical characteristics of the solar energy and wind power available in each of these six climatic regions are developed. The technology currently available or expected during the next five years for collecting energy from the environment and storing it for subsequent generation of electric power is reviewed. A method for computing battery life as a function of the hourly use pattern is developed . A life-cycle-cost analysis methodology applicable to continuously variable life expectancies is developed and illustrated. Diesel generator costs, including service visit expense, are modeled. Other factors relating to the analysis of alternate energy systems as supplements to diesel-electric generators at remote sites are discussed. Simulations show that the use of storage batteries and a DC to AC inverter permits the diesel to be off during periods of low power demand with significant reduction in both annual fuel use and cost. Supplementing this basic diesel-battery hybrid with energy collected from the environment is cost effective and saves additional fuel. Other hourly simulation model results are given and generic systems are recommended for construction and test. Author
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Electric Power Production and Distribution