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dc.contributor.author Hamatwi, Ester
dc.contributor.author Nyirenda, Clement N.
dc.contributor.author Davidson, I.E.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-01-22T08:34:53Z
dc.date.available 2018-01-22T08:34:53Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Hamatwi, E., Nyirenda, C.N., & Davidson, I.E. (2017). Optimisation of a hybrid PV-diesel system for rural application: The case of Oluundje village, Namibia. International Science & Technology Journal of Namibia, 9, 9-25. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11070/2134
dc.description.abstract The absence of electricity in remote and rural areas is one of the major challenges faced by many poor and developing countries. Hybrid energy systems (HES) based on photovoltaics (PV) are considered to be an effective option to electrify remote and isolated areas, which are far from conventional grids. This is true for areas that receive high averages of solar radiation annually. This research investigation involves the modelling, simulation and optimization of a PV-Diesel hybrid system for Oluundje village in Namibia. A site survey was conducted in a form of questionnaires and interviews for the purpose of load forecasting and system modelling. HOMER software was used to design and model the proposed hybrid energy system. Costs of different components, hourly solar radiation, and rating parameters are inputs of the simulation program. Sensitivity analysis was carried out using Homer. The optimal PV-Diesel hybrid system and diesel-generator-only system were compared both technically and economically. Based on simulation results, it was found that electrifying a remote village using a PV-diesel hybrid system is more advantageous when compared to the diesel-generator-only system as it has lower operating costs and emissions. This system may be used as a preliminary design to guide in the planning and modelling of similar systems for other remote villages. diesel-generator only system, net present cost en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Namibia en_US
dc.subject HOMER software en_US
dc.subject Optimisation en_US
dc.subject PV-diesel hybrid system en_US
dc.title Optimisation of a hybrid PV-diesel system for rural application: The case of Oluundje village, Namibia en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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