Renewable energy clusters for remote communities

Underwood, Chris, Ramachandran, Jayaraman and Giddings, Bob (2007) Renewable energy clusters for remote communities. Applied Energy, 84 (6). pp. 579-598. ISSN 0306-2619

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Remote rural communities are especially vulnerable to the reliability of conventional electricity supply methods and many of these communities are post-industrial and therefore suffer from fuel poverty. In this study, the potential contribution to electricity supply to a remote community based on emerging technologies for embedded solar and wind renewable energy, is investigated using simulation modelling. The technologies focus on photovoltaic “slate” roof coverings and micro-vertical-axis wind-turbines. A new model for photovoltaic energy-supply is developed and combined with an existing method for modelling wind-turbine energy. These supply-side models are matched to an existing model of domestic electricity-demand for a whole village community. Results show that in excess of 40% of annual electricity-demand can be relied upon from these sources, provided that a mechanism for surplus power export is available. In the absence of surplus power management, however, only 8% of the annual electricity demand could be met by these sources.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: K100 Architecture
K400 Planning (Urban, Rural and Regional)
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2010 13:35
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2019 00:24

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