Reliability and energy costs analysis of a rural hybrid microgrid using measured data and battery dynamics: A case study in the coast of perú

Franco Canziani, Raúl Vargas, Miguel Castilla, Jaume Miret

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Abstract

Hybrid microgrids constitute a promising solution for filling the electricity access gap that currently exists in rural areas; however, there is still relatively little information about their reliability and costs based on measured data in real working conditions. This article analyzes data obtained from the operation of a 9 kW hybrid microgrid in the fishermen’s cove of Laguna Grande, Paracas, in the Ica region of Perú, which has been running for 5 years. This microgrid has been equipped with data acquisition systems that measure and register wind speed, solar radiation, temperatures, and all the relevant electric parameters. Battery dynamics considerations are used to determine the depth of discharge in a real‐time operative situation. The collected data are used to optimize the design using the specialized software HOMER, incorporating state‐of‐the‐art technology and costs as a possible system upgrade. This work aims to contribute to better understanding the behavior of hybrid rural microgrids using data collected under field conditions, analyzing their reliability, costs, and corresponding sensitivity to battery size as well as solar and wind installed power, as a complement to a majority of studies based on simulations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6396
JournalEnergies
Volume14
Issue number19
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2021

Keywords

  • Battery dynamics
  • Hybrid microgrids
  • Rural electrification
  • Solar power
  • Wind power

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