Analysis of a Stand-Alone Power System for Remote-Site Applications
COAST GUARD RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER GROTON CT
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The Coast Guard has over 40 automated remote lighthouses which are powered by a continuously run, diesel-electric generator. Continuous operation of a diesel generator increases maintenance requirements as well as fuel costs. Previous studies have indicated that maintenance and operational costs at remote, automated lighthouses could be substantially reduced by incorporating a hybrid energy management system. Such a 120-volt system was designed, developed, and built and includes the following major components diesel-electric generator, wind turbine generator, battery storage, inverter, system controller and lighthouse load. This report discusses the system design, the chronological record of events, conclusions, and recommendations of over three months of continuous data collection and system operation. Additionally, each major system component is discussed in detail in an appropriate appendix.
- Electric Power Production and Distribution