Flexible Photovoltaics/Fuel Cell/Wind Turbine (PVFCWT) Hybrid Power System Designs
Lin, M.-H.
Adi, V.S.K.
Chang, C.-T.
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Lin M.-H., Adi V., Chang C.-T., 2015, Flexible Photovoltaics/Fuel Cell/Wind Turbine (PVFCWT) Hybrid Power System Designs, Chemical Engineering Transactions, 45, 559-564.
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Extensive studies have been performed in the past to integrate more than one ‘green’ energy source, e.g., solar, wind and hydrogen, for power generation. For actual operation in a realistic environment, such a hybrid process must be fully functional despite random fluctuations in energy supplies and power demands. A common option for accommodating the uncertain disturbances and their cumulative effects is to introduce battery into a properly structured system. However, by using an ad hoc approach, these schemes may be either overdesigned or inoperable. A generic mathematical programming model is thus adopted in the present study to compute a so-called temporal flexibility index for use as a performance measure. In order to demonstrate the usefulness of this assessment criterion, a large collection of photovoltaics/fuel cell/wind turbine (PVFCWT) systems were configured for a specific application and then compared accordingly so as to identify the best combination of energy supplies. A MATLAB/Simulink simulation program has also been developed in this work to validate these design decisions.
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