Study and design of hybrid diesel-wind standalone system for remote area in Oman

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Abstract

Hybrid renewable energy systems are becoming attractive for remote areas power generation applications due to advances in renewable energy technologies and increase in oil price. This paper presents a feasibility study of wind penetration into an existing diesel power plant of an isolated area known as Al Duqm in Oman. Both wind data and the actual load data have been used in the simulation model. It was found that with the existing diesel price of 0.368 $/l, the hybrid system will provide the lowest cost of energy with wind speed of more than 5.3 m/s, which is very close to the average wind speed in the Al Duqm area. As the wind speed increases, the cost of energy decreases even with the increase in the fuel cost. Therefore, incorporating wind turbines with the existing power station will result in about the same net present cost and cost of energy as for the diesel-only system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-94
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Sustainable Energy
Volume31
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012

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Keywords

  • diesel generator
  • hybrid system
  • renewable energy
  • wind turbine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Energy(all)
  • Fuel Technology
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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