New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Recent geopolitical unrest in the Mideast, high consumption of fossil fuel by new large industrial bodies and their environmental impacts encouraged many countries to find alternative sources of energy. Wind, solar, wave and geothermal energy have received most of the attentions in recent years. However, except geothermal energy, these energy alternatives are cyclical and cannot produce energy at any time readily and reliably. Storage systems such as battery banks have been used to store the energy and use it at different times. One of the most widely used alternative sources for electric energy production is solar cell. The solar cells are used to harness the energy from the nature and produce electricity. Average daily output of a flat plate collector at latitude tilt in the contiguous United States is 3 – 7 kW·h/m²/day and the performance is less in high-altitude areas like Europe. Solar cells produce direct current (DC) which must be converted to alternating current (AC) using a grid tie inverter in existing distribution grids that use AC. This incurs an energy loss of 4 – 12 percent. However, high voltage DC grid transportation has less energy waste than AC grid; so, there is a trade-off consideration in deciding to construct high voltage DC grids and apply the inverter at the consumers’ end. The behavior of these generators as well as their effects on the load and power grid can be studied utilizing MATLAB-SIMULINK® and commercially available DIgiSILENT® Power Factory software. MATLAB-SIMULINK® can readily perform calculation and simulation of individual units while the power flow and grid stability analysis can be done by utilizing Power Factory software. A graduate course is developed and offered to address the hybrid energy and battery systems. Students in Hybrid and Battery course are required to investigate hybrid electric systems with alternative energy sources such as wind and solar. This paper presents: • Modeling and simulation of solar cell panels • Power Grid Simulation • Voltage profile for bus • Controlling real and reactive power via wind turbines and solar panels. • Power flow analysis results obtained from Power factory software. • Integration of MATLAB and Power Factory software to analyze alternative energy sources. • Integration of these two software tools in the Hybrid and Battery graduate course.
Fathizadeh, M., & Navaratne, U. S., & Koppaku, V. (2016, June), Effect of Electrical Alternative Energy Sources on Power Grid Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26896
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