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A New Tool for Design Optimization and Cost Estimation of Stand-alone Photovoltaic Power Plants


Muoka, PI and Haque, ME and Negnevitsky, M, A New Tool for Design Optimization and Cost Estimation of Stand-alone Photovoltaic Power Plants, Proc 2011 IEEE PES General Meeting, 24-29 July 2011, Detroit, USA, pp. 1-7. ISBN 978-1-4577-1001-8 (2011) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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DOI: doi:10.1109/PES.2011.6039166


To achieve maximum safety, durability, cost-effectiveness and overall system performance, a stand-alone photovoltaic power system must be designed and installed following existing guidelines and codes. Numerous software tools exist to achieve this but many of them are for pre-feasibility analysis, simulation, optimization and research and development. They are rather too sophisticated for system designers and installers who need user-friendly and accurate tools to get the job done in the shortest possible time. This paper presents the development of a Matlab/Simulink-based sizing and simulation tool that utilizes the graphical powers of Simulink and offers the designer a user-friendly platform to size the system components using site-specific design parameters and perform cost estimate of any intended stand-alone photovoltaic power system. The robustness of the tool is validated by the agreement of the results with those of analytical methods.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Autonomy, batteries, cost estimation, dc-dc converter sizing, isolation, inverter sizing, modules, optimization, photovoltaic power system, software tool
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Electronics, sensors and digital hardware
Research Field:Photovoltaic devices (solar cells)
Objective Division:Energy
Objective Group:Renewable energy
Objective Field:Renewable energy not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Muoka, PI (Mr Polycarp Muoka)
UTAS Author:Haque, ME (Dr Md Enamul Haque)
UTAS Author:Negnevitsky, M (Professor Michael Negnevitsky)
ID Code:75330
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Centre for Renewable Power Energy Systems
Deposited On:2012-01-24
Last Modified:2017-11-06
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