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Improved performance of hybrid photovoltaic-trigeneration systems over photovoltaic-cogen systems including effects of battery storage[edit | edit source]

Amir H. Nosrata, , Lukas G. Swanb, , Joshua M. Pearce

This paper presents the hybridization of CHP(Combined Heat and Power)with PV(Photovoltaic)and CCHP(Combined Cooling Heat and Power)with PV. It even explains the several advantages of using CHP+PV hybrid systems and CCHP+PV hybrid systems over conventional systems. Moreover, PV-Cogen and PV-trigen are found to be more effective at reducing emissions compared to conventional systems.

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Review of PV(Photovoltaic)[edit | edit source]

-In PV technology solar energy is directly converted to electricity. The efficiency is only about 6-20%.

-The PV has irregularities due to local weather conditions. Thus, PV technology is not consistent throughout the year. So, PV technology is combined with CHP unit.

Review of CHP(Combined Heat and Power)[edit | edit source]

-The CHP unit uses fuel like natural gas, bio-gas etc to generate electricity.

-The co-generation unit also produces thermal energy which is harnessed by a heat exchanger and utilized

Review of Battery Energy[edit | edit source]

-Battery is a storage device.

-Whenever excess electricity is generated by the hybrid system, it is stored in the battery and it is utilized during the time when the CHP and PV unit fails to meet the requirement.

Hybrid System(PV+CHP+battery)[edit | edit source]

-Electricity generated by the PV and Cogeneration unit is used to meet electric requirements. The waste heat is harnessed by heat exchanger to provide hot water and space heating.

-Whenever, excess electricity is generated it is stored in the batteries which is used to supply electricity when PV+CHP unit fails to meet requirements.


  • GHG(Green House Gas) emission reduction.
  • High efficiency as most of the waste heat is utilized for heating water, space heating etc.
  • Improved performance.
  • Higher normalized power indices.
Hybrid System(PV+CCHP+battery)[edit | edit source]

-In CHP there is still some amount of waste heat. So, in order to overcome this limitation PV-CCHP hybrid system are used.

-In CCHP, the remaining waste heat from the CHP is utilized by the system for air-conditioning(space cooling).


  • Substantial GHG emission reduction.
  • Very high efficiency(higher than PV+CHP hybrid system)
  • Improved performance than CHP.
  • Higher normalized power indices than CHP.

Dispatch strategy and model for hybrid photovoltaic and trigeneration power systems[edit | edit source]

Amir Nosrat, Joshua M. Pearce

This paper purposes the dispatch strategy for hybrid system PV+CCHP that accounts for electric, space cooling and space heating. The CCHP(Combined Cooling and Heat Power) system is used to reduce the waste heat produced from CHP system. This has resulted in improving the performance by 50% over PV-CHP unit. Due to intermittency of PV technology CHP unit is combined with PV. To overcome the limitations of the CHP unit, PV+CCHP hybrid system is used. This paper explains the significant improvement in performance available in PV-CCHP systems over PV-CHP system.

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-Electricity is generated by both PV and CHP unit but in order to improve the performance storage devices for electricity and thermal loads are connected with PV+CHP hybrid units.

  • Inverter is used to convert DC output from PV and battery to AC outputs which are compatible with loads.
  • Excess AC output produced from CHP is stored in the battery.
Parallel configuration[edit | edit source]

In this configuration, inverter(it is used to convert DC output from PV and battery to AC outputs) and CHP unit is connected in parallel.

The advantage of using parallel configuration are:

  • Reduction of capacity of inverter and CHP unit.
  • Better supply-demand correlation.
  • Maximized CHP fuel efficiency.
  • Minimized CHP maintenance costs.
Series configuration[edit | edit source]

In series configuration inverter and CHP are connected in series. It is easy to implement, but has several flaws,

  • Lower overall system efficiencies (due to inverter and battery losses).
  • Larger inverter size.
  • A limited control of the CHP unit.
Dispatch Strategy[edit | edit source]
  • This strategy is used to control the system in order to meet the electric and thermal load requirements.
  • The thermal output tend to be larger than electrical output in CHP. So, this strategy tends to meet the electrical requirements first, then the thermal requirements
  • When it produces excess of power, it is stored in the battery. Moreover, if batteries is at their maximum State Of Charge(SOC), then electricity is either dumped into the ground or it is penetrated into the grid. If there is excess thermal energy it is dumped as waste gas through exhaust.

Optimal Scheduling of Hybrid CCHP and PV Operation for Shopping Complex Load[edit | edit source]

Kanet Wongvisanupong1 and Naebboon Hoonchareon2. Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University

This paper purposes economic optimal operation of combined cooling heating and power (CCHP) and photovoltaic solar (PV) hybrid system. The system which is simulated consists of a CCHP system, a PV system, an auxiliary boiler, an absorption chiller, a heat storage tank, and utility grids. The advantage of using CCHP, compared with conventional generation, is that it utilizes the waste heat to satisfy the thermal demand. The favorable operation of CCHP helps to minimize the operating cost and retain their investment as early as possible. There is even no fuel consumption which helps in conserving the environment.

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System Description[edit | edit source]

-Energy Management System(EMS) consists of:

  • CCHP:

-CCHP system generates electricity as well as heat. Electricity is supplied to the load while heat is supplied to absorption chillers to convert it into cool air.

-It is based on the gas turbine technology. It uses natural gas as the primary source.

  • PV+Utility grid:

Whenever there is shortage of supply from the CCHP system, PV+utility grid compensate for it.

  • Heat Storage tank:

-If CCHP unit produce excessive heat than the demand then heat storage tank stores the excessive heat produced from the CCHP unit.

-It will discharge the heat when CCHP unit cannot fulfill the thermal demand.

  • Flowchart working:

-Carbon-di-oxide gas emission is calculated(using linear calculation) by considering output power, fuel cost, thermal and electrical demand, energy price to verify the quality of CO2 gas.

-After that the time will be updated to the next interval and the system will operate continuously.

Institutional scale operational symbiosis of photovoltaic and cogeneration energy systems[edit | edit source]

M. Mostofi; A. H. Nosrat; J. M. Pearce. Department of Mechanical Engineering, Islamic Azad University, East Tehran Branch, Tehran, Iran. Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

The GHG (Green House Gas) emissions have caused increased in carbon concentration in atmosphere. The GHG emission are caused due to combustion of fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas. Most of its energy is wasted while converting it into electricity. The GHG emission can be controlled by efficiently use of fossil fuels, use renewable energy resources, or by using CHP(Combined Heat and Power).

This paper mainly discusses on three design scenarios 1) single cogeneration + photovoltaic, 2) double cogeneration + photovoltaic, 3)single cogeneration + photovoltaic + storage. The paper also shows that how requirement of natural gas is lowered by above scenarios. The consumption of natural gas consumption can be improved by hybridizing solar with cogeneration.

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Reduction of GHG[edit | edit source]

The GHG emission can be reduced by 2 ways:-

1.Efficient use of fossil fuels:

  • By utilizing waste heat produced from the fossil fuel. The waste heat is utilized for space heating or water heating. This is called cogeneration or CHP. Further the waste heat can also be utilized for air cooling. This is called tri-generation or CCHP.

2.Renewable energy:

  • By using photovoltaic technology which directly converts sunlight into electricity. It has limitation due to weather irregularities.

So, PV+CHP can be combined to increase the efficiency of the system and reduction of the GHG emission.

CHP system[edit | edit source]
  • In CHP prime mover converts chemical energy into electrical energy. The maximum efficiency obtained from this is 50% and remaining is wasted in the form of heat. Using heat ex-changers this heat can be utilized for space heating and water heating. Thus, efficiency can be increased.. The electrical efficiency is 35% and thermal efficiency is 50%. Hence, there is less fuel consumption.
  • The efficiency of CHP is given by:


where: Q:heat energy. E:Electrical energy. Q0:heat content of the fuel.

  • The base load of the system is considered to be about 300kW. During evening the peak load is increased to 600kW. The load utilized during summer and winters are also different.
  • The electrical efficiency from natural gas is between 30%-40%. In this 90% of the heat loss is utlized for hot water and air cooling.

The block diagram of the CHP system configuration scheme has been provided in the paper.

PV Technology[edit | edit source]
  • It consists of PV panels which converts photons from sunlight directly into electrical energy.
  • The output of the PV panels is DC, but the requirement for grid and appliances is AC. So, inverter is connected to convert DC to AC in order to meet the requirement.
  • The solar panels are mounted on the roof of the hospital. The tilt angle of solar panel was kept at 10 degrees. 0.5m space was kept between the panels for maintenance purpose.
Design of PV+CHP hybrid system[edit | edit source]

The main purpose is to increase the efficiency by utilizing most of the waste heat, in order to increase the efficiency,thermal energy consumption can be reduced by installing heat control mechanism which can be done by the CHP system. PV+CHP hybrid system is used.

Scenarios[edit | edit source]

-Scenario 1:Single PV+CHP

  • This scenario explains how the CHP unit is capable of satisfying hospitals base load requirement.
  • PV technology does not fulfill the hospitals load requirement, so CHP unit helps to overcome the loads shortcomings. During the night-time the CHP unit helps to meet the hospitals load requirement.
  • During certain months of the year, there is excess electricity generated by PV+CHP unit. This excess electricity is fed back into the grid.
  • Scenario 1 fulfills 76% of the hospitals load requirements.
  • Scenario 2:Double PV+CHP
  • In this scenario 2 CHP unit are coupled with each other. Double PV+CHP is more effective but is very costly due to high maintenance cost compared to scenario 1.
  • It fulfills 93% of the energy requirement of the load, also whatever excess electricity is generated throughout the year is fed back into the grids.
  • As there is no means to store heat energy,it does not completely fulfill the hospitals thermal requirement.
  • Scenario 3:Single CHP + PV + Storage
  • In scenario 3 it overcomes the shortcoming and low performance of scenario 1 and it is not as costly as in scenario 2. This is almost similar to scenario 2.
  • The battery is used to smooth out the electrical load. But this scenario has shortcoming that it has low thermal supply made available to the hospital.
Observations[edit | edit source]
  • It can be observed that using hybrid system helps to improve the energy performance.
  • By installing PV array helps in reducing the run time of the CHP to meet load, which in turn reduces natural gas use and green house gas emission.
  • Producing energy on site is far more efficient then producing energy at power plant which involves transmission losses of around 26%

Hybrid PV-CHP Distributed System: design aspects and realization [edit | edit source]

M. S. Carmeli*, F. Castelli-Dezza**, G. Marchegiani***, M. Mauri**, L. Piegari*, D. Rosati*

The distributed generating system uses renewable energy, but due to the intermittency of the renewable energy they are combined with hybrid plants to combine more energy. This paper focuses on hybrid plants which uses internal combustion engine with cogeneration or tri-generation and PV technology. This paper also put light on analysing the power flow control strategies. Due to very low efficeincy of PV technology they are combined with conventional non-renewable ones to improve the performance and efficiency.

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There are three families for Distributed Generation System (DGS):

Standalone Systems (SAS)[edit | edit source]
  • This are used to supply to remote locations which are not connected to the main grid. in such case they usually combine one or more renewable energy sources with conventional energy sources. The hybrid system assure uninterrupted power supply even when renewable energy does not operate.

Grid connected systems (GCS)[edit | edit source]
  • They operate in only grid connected mode. They are connected with one or more renewable sources.
  • By using one or more energy sources provides higher stability of power supply.
  • In GCS very small storage is equipped, in order to contribute system transient stability.

Mixed operating mode systems (MOS).[edit | edit source]
  • They operate in grid connection mode combined with one or more renewable sources along with storage device(Battery).
  • The battery is used to supply energy during emergency period.

Hybrid System Configuration.[edit | edit source]
  • In this PV is combined with CHP unit. It is also equipped water heat storage.
  • CHP unit has small size battery and braking resistance which are shunt connected.
  • The shunt element have three functions.

a) They allow CHP to start even in the absence of the mains.

b) they allow to store excess energy in the standalone mode.

c)They provide transient stability to the CHP system.

If shunt unit is not connected then:

a) We obtain poor dynamic response.

b)In standalone mode, if there is demand for increase in load, it wont be able to fulfill the requirement.

Hybrid system components[edit | edit source]

- CHP unit:

  • The natural gas, fuel for Internal Combustion Engine(ICE) to generate mechanical energy by combustion of fuel. The Induction machine connected to ICE converts mechanical energy to electrical energy.
  • Thermal recovery unit recovers thermal energy using heat exchanger. The heat generated during the process produces hot water which is stored in water heat storage. The heat storage unit has temperature sensors.

- PV unit:

  • It has different PV arrays. The output is DC which is connectedd to the common DC-bus. Chopper(DC-DC converter) is used. The DC is converted to AC(inverter).

- Battery Bank:

  • It is connected to the DC-bus. This Bi-directional Chopper. So, it can supply power in both directions, form DC bus to battery during charging of battery and from battery to DC bus during discharging.
  • There are two charging steps:

1) Constant current-Bulk condition.

2) Constant Voltage- Boost condition.

-Supervisor control unit:

It has two main tasks:

  • Controls input of PV, CHP and Battery bank.
  • Controls heat storage unit and battery power flow.

There are two operation modes:

1) Normal operation mode: In this mode the whatever power PV unit is generated is fed into the load. The CHP unit priority is to satisfy thermal demand. If CHP generates more power than required by heat demand, it stores it in battery bank.

2) Standalone operation: In this mode grid is not connected. The hybrid system gives priority to fulfill the electric demand. Advantage is this operation does not require energy storage device.

The mode changing is controlled by supervisor control unit.

Simulations of greenhouse gas emission reductions from low-cost hybrid solar photovoltaic and cogeneration systems for new communities [edit | edit source]

Amir H. Nosrata, , Lukas G. Swanb, , Joshua M. Pearce

This paper focuses on reduction of GHG(Green House Gas) emission and life cycle cost by optimizing the PV-CHP system. The conventional energy can be replaced by PV-CHP hybrid systems in order to reduce green house gas emission. In this paper simulation and optimization model has been developed multiobjective genetic algorithm called Photovoltaic Tri-generation Optimization Model(PVTOM).

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Methodology[edit | edit source]
  • PVTOM helps to minimize the GHG emission and life cycle cost(capital investment, fuel cost, replacement cost).This hybrid system only emits GHG from CHP unit.
  • PVTOM requires 5 inputs to simulate and optimize PV-trigeneration.

1. Hourly solar global and diffuse irradiation.

2. Hourly ambient temperature.

3. Hourly data for household’s appliance and lighting (AL) load.

4. Hourly data for household’s domestic hot water (DHW) load.

5. Hourly data for household’s space heating (SH) load.

These inputs are used to calculate the performance of PV–CHP to meet the thermal and electrical demands.

  • CHP unit generates more thermal output than electrical. So, first electrical demands are fulfilled than thermal demands are taken into consideration. If there is excess electrical energy, it is fed into the batteries. When battery reaches its maximum state of charge it is fed into the grid or into the ground.
  • The optimizer are based on the eight variables:

1. Selection of CHP.

2. Selection of PV panel.

3. Selection of battery.

4. Number of CHP units.

5. Number of PV panels connected in series.

6. Number of PV strings connected in parallel.

7. Number of battery units connected in series.

8. Number of battery strings connected in parallel.

  • The life cycle cost of the system is mathematically expressed as the sum of the the initial capital costs, the discounted operational costs, the replacement costs and penalty.
  • The table 3 in the paper provides the optimized CHP+PV unit for data selection.

A model for optimal energy planning of a commercial building integrating solar and cogeneration systems [edit | edit source]

Amir Safaeia, b, Fausto Freireb, Carlos Henggeler Antunes

This paper focuses on integrating cogeneration, solar and conventional sources in order to minimizing life cycle cost (maintenance cost, fuel cost etc) to meet the energy demand(electricity, heating and cooling). The paper also proposes on optimal investment planning and optimal operating strategies of the energy systems. In conventional energy sources there is not much space for energy planning and optimization of energy.This paper proposes a linear programming model to minimize the life-cycle costs of meeting the building energy demand (power, heating, cooling) by integrating renewable and traditional energy sources.

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Cogeneration system are widely known as alternative because of their high efficiency.

PV Systems[edit | edit source]
  • Location of study has been selected and hour by hour power output of silicon crystal is noted.
  • The expected lifetime of the PV system is 20 years.
Cogeneration Technologies[edit | edit source]

Three types of cogeneration technologies:

a) MT(Micor-turbine): It converts high energy gas steam runs electrical generator. Electrical efficiency is 23%-29% and overall efficiency is 64%-74%. Its benefits are easy installation, high reliability, reduced noise and vibration.

b) ICE(Internal Combustion Engine): They have electrical efficiency between 25% to 48% and overall efficiency is between 75-85%.

c) SOFC(Solid Oxide Fuel Cells): It works on electrochemical process to exploit energy present in natural gas to produce electricity. Electrical efficiency is about 43% and overall efficiency is between 74%-85%. It has high power to heat ratio.

Mathematical Model[edit | edit source]

1. Inputs:

  • Power, Heating, Cooling demand.
  • Economic data: Capital cost, residual value, operating costs, Maintenance costs.
  • System Characteristics:

- Cogeneration Systems: Power to Heat Ratio, Fuel consumption.

- Boiler: Max min operating region and COP (Coefficient of performance).

- Grid: Price per kWh

- Solar systems: solar radiation and output per systems.

2. Variables:

  • Solar System: Number of panels installed.
  • Cogeneration,thermal and cooling systems: No. of units involved and their outputs.

3. Objective function: It is to minimize the life cycle costs of meeting the power, thermal and cooling demands.

4. Constraints: Three types of constraints-

  • Demand for power.
  • Demand for heat.
  • Demand for cooling.
Results[edit | edit source]
  • The solar and cogeneration hybrid systems are capable of reaching thermal and electrical efficiency.

Combined cooling,heating and power systems:A survey[edit | edit source]

Mingxi Liua, Yang Shia, Fang Fang

This paper focuses on working of the CCHP system. The advantages and analyses of the components of the system are presented in this paper. Control system optimization and sizing of the system is also summarized in this paper.

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  • Power Generation Unit: Use to supply electricity to the grid. The heat is produced as the by-product. This is utilized to meet heat and cooling demand. Three types of energy can be supplied simultaneously.
  • There are 3 advantages using this system: High efficiency, Less GHG emission, high reliability.
  • By adopting absorption chiller and boiler the heat which is released as by product can be utilized for heating and cooling without using electricity.
  • In conventional SP systems,approximately two-thirds of the fuel used to generate electricity is wasted in the form of rejected heat.By introducing thermally activated technologies, the electric load for cooling is shifted to the thermal load,which can be fully or partially achieved by absorbing or adsorbing

the discard heat from the prime mover.

Conclusion[edit | edit source]

The CCHP,which can provide the cooling energy by adopting the thermally activated technology. To construct an economical and efficient CCHP system,facilities type should be determined first according to the local resources,and current and future energy market.

Modelling an off-grid integrated renewable energy system for rural electrification in India using photovoltaics and anaerobic digestion[edit | edit source]

J.G. Castellanos, M. Walker, D. Poggio, M. Pourkashanian, W. Nimmo

This paper describes the deisgn optimization and techno-economic analysis of off grid hybrid systems to meet the electrical demand. It also focuses on different scenarios having different combination of electricity generation.

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  • PV+AD(Anaerobic digestion)+CHP+batteries were used for generation.
  • Several scenarios were investigated. The scenarios are:

A) PV + VRB þ DCeAC B) PV + Fuel Cell þ Electrolyser + H2 tank + DC-AC C) PV + VRB + DC-AC + AD + 1 CHP (Microturbine)

Working[edit | edit source]

The block diagram in the paper shows the working of the the hybrid system.

It converts the sunlight into electrical energy. The output of the PV is DC. But the load requires the AC as input. In order to convert DC-AC inverter is connected. Moreover, if there is excessive energy generated is fed back to the battery. It is charged upto maximum SOC(State of Charge). If the PV is not able to fulfill the demand. CHP supplies the electrical energy. The by-product of CHP is heat. This waste heat can be utilized by for space heating or air conditioning using heat exchangers or space coolers. The controller block controls all the operation depending upon the electrical or heat depend. Moreover, if there is excessive electricity generated, it is either fed into the grid or stored in the battery which depends upon whether the system is off grid or grid connected.

Conclusions[edit | edit source]

The paper explains that scenario C has several advantages over other scenarios.

Genetic algorithm based optimization on modeling and design of hybrid renewable energy systems[edit | edit source]

M.S. Ismaila, M. Moghavvemia, T.M.I. Mahliae.

This paper focuses on designing of hybrid system with solar PV as renewable source and microturbine based on genetic algorithm. System with more than one supply source has more reliability and energy security compared to system with only one energy source. This paper also focuses on sizing optimization of hybrid systems components in order to minimize cost of energy, minimizing pollutant emissions and maximizing utilization of the solar panels.

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Before performing the optimization, energy generated by each source can be calculated. This is done by mathematical modelling of each component, which requires climatic data.

Simulation[edit | edit source]
  • Block Diagram:

The bidirectional inverter is used to link AC bus and DC bus. Both the DC output from the PV panels and thee batteries are connected to the DC bus. The AC bus combines both the output of the microturbine and the load. The strategy is based on maximizing the utilization of PV systems. The energy generated by the PV panels is stored in the battery bank. If battery and PV does not satisfy the load demand, the energy will be supplied by the microturbine as a standby source. In certain cases the PV panel generates excess energy which is given to battery. When the battery gets fully charged, a dump load is used to consume excess energy. The microturbine operates only when the battery is discharged below its maximum allowable discharge level and there is no sufficient energy generated by the PV systems. This continues till the battery is recharged back. Recharging is done by rectifier which converts AC to DC. Loss of load probability is the ratio of Energy deficit to Load demand.

Energy deficit is the load demand which cannot be met by the generation or the storage element.

Control strategies and cycling demands for Li-ion storage batteries in residential micro-cogeneration systems[edit | edit source]

K. Darcovicha, B. Kenneya, D. MacNeila, M. Armstrong

This paper focuses on residential microgeneration system consisting of PV, CHP and battery. The storage battery was simulated under various scenarios. The principle focus of this paper is to examine the details of the load demands placed on the battery in order to know their functionality, durability, economy and capacity.

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Several Cases were taken into consideration:

1)Grid + battery + PV ICE ON + MID

2)Grid + CHP + battery ICE ON + MID

3)Grid + CHP + PV + battery

For all the above cases, when PV or CHP unit exceeds the load demand. It charges the battery.The battery discharges during peak periods and charge during mid-peak and off grid periods. If PV+CHP unit produces excess energy even during peak periods, then the battery can be even charged during the ON-peak period. CHP unit can provide heat to thermal load without emitting waste heat.

The flowchart in the paper is self explanatory, PV and CHP unit is used to provide energy to electrical load. The waste heat generated from the CHP is utilized by thermal loads, increasing the efficiency of the system. Moreover, whenever there is excess power generated by the PV and CHP unit is fed into the grid if its grid connected or it charges the battery if its off grid. By, including CHP with PV and battery helped to provide cost benefits.

Hybrid solar fuel cell combined heat and power systems for residential applications: Energy and exergy analyses[edit | edit source]

Mehdi Hosseini, Ibrahim Dincer, Marc A. Rosen

This paper focuses on determining system operational parameters for the design and implementation of the CHP system in a residential area. The hourly demand of the residential area is taken into consideration for component selection and sizing, and energy and exergy efficiencies of the developed system are presented. In a hybrid PVefuel cell combined heat and power (CHP) system, both electricity and heat are generated from solar energy.

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- A solar PV system is integrated with a water electrolyzer, an ultra-capacitor bank and a fuel cell for power generation. The hourly difference in the PV output and the load demand is calculated.

-The CHP system was operated and provided the house with both electricity and cooling with a total efficiency of 52%.

-The waste heat was given to the steam generator for steam generation. The generated steam can be utilized for different purposes. It was used in absorption chillers for space cooling.

-The PV system is the main part of the electricity generation module. PV panels are connected in series and parallel combination. The PV system performance is affected by the ambient temperature. The PV cell power output is I � V and based on the non-linear characteristic.

Conclusion[edit | edit source]

-The total efficiencies of the renewable PV+CHP are calculated. The maximum energy and exergy efficiencies of the photovoltaic system are 17% and 18.3%, respectively. The total efficiency of the PV fuel cell CHP system is based on the pattern of the availability of solar and load demand. The maximum total energy efficiency is reported as 55.7%, while the maximum total exergy efficiency is 49.0%.

Uncertainties in the design and operation of distributed energy resources: The case of micro-CHP systems[edit | edit source]

Michiel Houwinga, Austin N. Ajaha, Petra W. Heijnena, Ivo Bouwmansa, Paulien M. Herdera

This paper focuses on how distributed energy resources will have profound impact on the electricity infrastructure functioning. The paper even focuses on residential, or micro (m) DERs. Households consume energy in the form of electricity and heat. Installing Distributed generators(DG) will have economic and environmental potentials.

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  • The DER (Distributed Energy resources) has three sub concepts:

1) Distributed Generator of electricity(DG).

2) Distributed Energy storage.

3) Controllable energy loads.

  • DG technologies are photovoltaic systems, Wind turbines, combined heat and power and other renewable sources.
  • Benefits of using DG are: Low GHG emissions, Increased Efficiency, Reduced risk of investment.
  • By installing DG we can utilize the waste heat emitted while converting primary fuels into electricity. This waste heat is utilized by Combined Heat and power(CHP), which can be used for space cooling, water heating etc. Thus, makes more efficient use of energy and thus saving cost and minimize carbon emission.
  • DERs combined with more ICT(Information and communication technology) enables smarter power systems, more active and intelligent network management, and demand response options at the consumer level.
  • Residences with DERs can work independently of energy suppliers.
  • The electricity and the heat demands of the residences are fulfilled by several alternative supply. The CHP unit consists of a Stirling engine prime mover and auxiliary burner. The prime mover converts natural gas into electricity and heat.
  • The waste heat is supplied to the heat storage in the form of hot water, the auxiliary boiler provides additional heat. The devices which consumes heat is taken from the heat storage.
  • Heat is demanded for domestic hot water and space heating. A large heat storage is provided in order to meet the demand for space heating and domestic hot water.
  • Electricity generated can be stored in the battery. It can be supplied when energy demand is not met. The energy is stored in the battery when excess electricity is generated.
  • Simulation Inputs: Daily elctricity and heat demands for certain years have been taken into consideration.
Conclusions[edit | edit source]
  • Cost savings are higher by installing CHP then conventional sources. The cost saving is more in the colder regions.

Structure optimization of energy supply systems in tertiary sector buildings[edit | edit source]

Miguel A. Lozano, José C. Ramos, Monica Carvalho, Luis M. Serra

This purpose of this project is to optimize model using mixed integer linear programming to determine the type, number and capacity of equipments in CCHP system. The objective is to minimize the annual cost of energy. This paper focuses an integrated energy-planning based on MILP to determine the optimal configuration of energy supply systems. The requirement of heating and cooling are not simultaneous as this demands are seasonal.

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  • The input to the trigeneration are purchased electricity, sold electricity and fuel prices. The output is heat demand, electrical demand and cooling demand. It can sell electricity if its produced in surplus during off peak time.
  • In order to meet the thermal and electrical requirements of the building CHP unit is taken into use. Combining of CHP unit with the absorption chillers, the waste heat can be utilized to meet cooling load demand during summers.
  • The trigeneration is used in order to meet the electrical, domestic hot water and cooling demand. trigeneration technology is based on combining cogeneration with the absorption chillers. The cogeneration module includes thermal motor which converts the fuel into mechanical energy. It also consists of alternator which converts mechanical energy into electrical energy. Heat exchangers are used to utilize the waste heat. This waste heat are utilized by absorption chillers for cooling purpose during summers.

Energy demand

  • The cold water, hot water and electricity demand for each month has been provided in the paper. This demand can significantly affect the energy saving and economic characteristics of the CCHP.
  • Equivalent Electrical Efficiency (EEE) of the CHP is given by:

EEE=(Generated electricity)/(Consumption of the primary energy-(Cogenrated useful heat/0.9))

  • It was examined that installing of cogeneration technology was beneficial in all scenarios.

Expanding photovoltaic penetration with residential distributed generation from hybrid solar photovoltaic and combined heat and power systems[edit | edit source]

J.M. Pearce

This paper mainly focuses on the potential of taking into action a distributed PV and CHP hybrid system and how it can help in order to increase PV penetration level in the U.S. The installation of such a hybridized section will reduce the energy waste and will also increase the share of Solar PV. Moreover, it also analyzes the the distribution of solar flux, heating and electrical requirements.

NOTES[edit | edit source]

  • The PV technology is high intermittent. So, PV is hybridized with CHP system.
Technical Limitation to PV penetration in the current grid[edit | edit source]
  • The overall grid efficiency can reduce due to increased duty cycle.
  • At high PV penetration (eg>20%) the cost saved by intermittent load will increase instead of decreasing. The variation in PV power that create this problem are 1)day/night cycle 2)yearly cycle 3)fluctuating cloud condition.
Electrical and heat requirements of representative U.S. single family[edit | edit source]
  • CHP system can be used in order to meet electrical and heat demands. Moreover, CHP helps in increasing the penetration level of the PV.
  • If we observe the solar flux and electricity demand at various hot and cold region just installing PV system cannot met all the demands. It even needs to meet the thermal demands for that region.
  • When the PV system is not providing enough power the CHP system will turn on and will maintain a constant load. A CHP+PV system in hotter region can give maximum efficiency if the heat generated by the CHP unit is used for cooling( using absorption chiller) such a system is called CCHP(Combined Cooling , Heating and power). The solar flux is lowest during winters. Only for certain hours of the day the load can meet its demand through solar. For the remaining hours this demand can be fulfilled by the CHP unit. During Peak hours PV generates excess energy and that will be stored in the battery, the energy from this can be supplied when PV does not supply fulfill energy demand.
Design of Solar PV and CHP hybrid system[edit | edit source]
  • The PV+CHP system consists of 3 technologies:-

1)PV array

2)a natural gas engine generator

3)Advanced warm air heating system.

Technology Evolution of CHP units:-

0th generation:- CHP and advanced thermal comfort for variable thermal loads.(no electric loads). It cannot dump heat causing excessive warming of the house. CHP cannot operate at partial load.

1st generation:- CHP + PV and advanced thermal comfort for variable thermal loads-fixed input for generator heat dumping-load following in backup mode. PV panel converts 20% of the sunlight incident on them rest is wasted. This type of system is 84% efficient.

2nd generation:-CHP + PV and advanced thermal comfort for variable thermal loads-fixed input for generator heat dumping-load following in backup mode. In this CHP system offers 100% backup for PV.

Future generations:-It is designed to utilize greater percent of heat energy available from CHP unit. Hence,increasing the efficiency of the system. Adding a Absorption chiller to the system to utilize the CHP produce heat for cooling. Even trying to reduce the wasted energy from the sun this an be done by adding a solar thermal system.

Dynamic simulations of hybrid energy systems in load sharing application[edit | edit source]

Michele Canellia, Evgueniy Entchev, Maurizio Sasso, Libing Yang, Mohamed Ghorab

The paper focuses on analyzing the energy, environmental and economic performance of two hybrid micro-cogeneration systems in a load sharing application. This is done in order to compare the performance of this two hybrid systems. It even explains that by introducing micro-cogeneration helps in saving energy, it is even economical feasible and better environmental performance i.e low emission of GHG (Green House Gas).

NOTES[edit | edit source]

  • Cogeneration (CHP, Combined Heat and Power) means the combined production of electric and/or mechanical and thermal energy from a single energy source.
  • The thermal load of residential users typically occurs in the evenings and early mornings, while for commercial it occurs at day time. So single system can be used to provide thermal and cooling demand.
  • In this paper several cases are consideredto observe the performance in load sharing approach.

1)conventional case with one boiler and one chiller for each building.

2)conventional case with a common boiler and chiller in load sharing approach.

3)Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP) systems in load sharing.

4) Hybrid system with GSHP and microcogenerator based on FC in load sharing.

5)Hybrid system with microcogenerator, GSHP and PVT collectors in load sharing.

Simulation inputs and control approach[edit | edit source]

1)Domestic Hot water demand.

2)Electric load Demand: It was considered for three type of days saturday, sunday and weekdays.

3)Equipment Capacity: It is the capacity and nominal characteristics of the main components.

4)Control strategy: Time during which heating is turned on in the house and the office.

Energy, environmental and economic analysis[edit | edit source]

In order to study above cases, energy, environmental and economic analysis are made.

The hybrid microcogeneration systems showed good improvements both in terms of energy and environmental performance. Performance can be further improved by introducing the PVT in the system.

Operational strategy and marginal costs in simple trigeneration systems[edit | edit source]

M.A. Lozano, M. Carvalho, L.M. Serra

This paper analysis the operation of simple trigeneration system. The system is connected to the utility in order to supply electricity and receive excess of electricity. Moreover, thermoeconomic analysis is made depending upon production cost and the best operational strategy as a function of demand for energy services and prices of the fuel. The trigeneration also provide several advantages, energy savings, low GHG emissions and low energy cost.

NOTES[edit | edit source]

  • Combining CHP with absorption chillers can fulfill the cooling demand during summers.
  • To design an energy system, the following things need to be considered:

(i) the technologies and equipment to install.

(ii) the demands to be satisfied.

(iv) the energy prices.

(v) the optimal operation taking into account the possibility of operating the equipment at variable load.

Simple trigeneration system[edit | edit source]
  • Cogeneration system consist of prime mover which converts fuel to shaft power. The alternator is used to convert mechanical energy to electrical energy. The heat recovery unit utilizes the waste heat.
  • Trigeneration consists of cogeneration module with absorption chiller.The purpose of the trigeneration system is to attend the demand

of different energy services (electricity heating, and cooling). By using several equations the cost and efficiency of several equipments of the system is calculated.

Conclusions[edit | edit source]
  • This paper showed the characteristics of different operation modes of a trigeneration systems.
  • The cost of energy demand was reduced by optimal operation mode.

Control strategies and configurations of hybrid distributed generation systems[edit | edit source]

Maria Stefania Carmelia, Francesco Castelli-Dezzab, Marco Maurib, Gabriele Marchegianic, Daniele Rosati

This paper focuses on the main topologies which can be adopted for hybrid system. It also discusses on a hybrid system which combines two different energy sources and explains the power flow for both grid connected and standalone system. It also analyzes on system design aspect and power flow control strategies.

NOTES[edit | edit source]

  • The hybrid distributed generator system in thsi paper consists of the CHP unit.

CHP unit: It consists of internal combustion engine(ICE) which is fueled by natural gas, induction machine(IM), Heat exchanger(TRU), gas heat generator group(GHG).

IM: It generates electric power load.

ICE: It generates thermal power which is recovered by TRU, which is stored into the water heat storage unit.

  • PV unit: It consists of three arrays each generating electrical power of 3kW. The output of the each PV array is followed but the DC-DC converter and it is connected to a common DC bus which is followed by DC-AC converter.
  • Battery bank: The batteries are connected to the Dc bus through a bi-directional chopper(DC-DC converter). This unit is used in order to transfer power in both direction. Normal lead acid batteries in standby condition are used with a constant floating voltage of 2.25V per cell.
  • Control and energy management: There are three different control structure involved:

1) Centralized control

2) Distributed control

3) Hybrid centralized and distributed control: It has been adopted for PV-CHP hybrid system. The two main task are:

a) It establishes the power references for PV unit CHP unit and battery bank.

b) It manages heat storage unit and battery bank power flow.

Two operation modes are possible:

Mode I: The power generated by the PV unit is transferred into the grid whereas CHP unit priority is to satisfy the thermal load demand.

Mode II: The hybrid system priority is to satisfy the electric load power and CHP full load operation till possible.

Conclusion[edit | edit source]

This paper has proposed a high level control strategy which allows both standalone and grid connected operation mode.

Optimal Operation Planning of a Photovoltaic-Cogeneration-Battery Hybrid System[edit | edit source]

S. Bando, Member, IEEE, H. Asano, Member, IEEE, T. Tokumoto, Non-member, T. Tsukada, Non-member, and T. Ogata, Non-member

This paper proposes the modelling of optimal planning of hybrid systems and economic dispatch of the hybrid system. This paper also deals with three different objective functions: minimization of cost, reduction of CO2 emission and primary energy consumption.

NOTES[edit | edit source]

  • There is a degradation of power quality such as voltage and frequency as the renewable energy sources is fluctuating. To achieve large penetration goal of renewable source, distributed generation is considered.
  • The battery capacity can be reduced if gas engines in the hybrid system can follow the cchange in output system of renewable energy.
Micro-grids[edit | edit source]
  • In this PV+ gas engine CHP is modeled. Electrical and thermal demand were based on combined data.
  • Schematic shown in the paper consist of three gas engines, PV, steam-absorption refrigerator, gas-absorption chiller, gas boiler, and lead acid battery.
  • Electricity is supplied by the parallel operation of gas engines, PV and battery.
  • The calculation parameters are battery capacity, pv capacity and the number of gas engines.
Mathematical formulation[edit | edit source]
  • Mathematical formulation was done in order to minimize the cost to supply electricity.
  • In the PV-CHP hybrid system exhaust heat from the gas engines is utilized in order to fulfill thermal demand for the building.
  • The capacity of gas absorption chiller and boiler is determined by the maximum thermal demand.
  • The capacity of steam absorption refrigerator is determined by the maximum gas engine capacity.
  • Several parameters such as gas engines generated efficiences and heat recovery efficiency, PV efficeincy, gas price, CO2 emission coefficient etc are taken into consideration for optimized operation planning of PV-CHP hybrid system.
Conclusion[edit | edit source]

It was seen that the cO2 emission, running cost and primary energy consumption were low compared to conventional energy cost.

A domestic CHP system with hybrid electrical energy storage[edit | edit source]

X.P. Chen, , Y.D. Wang, H.D. Yu, D.W. Wu, Yapeng Li, A.P. Roskilly

This paper focuses on satisfying the the electric and thermal demand using CHP with hybrid electrical energy storage. It also comapares the energy efficiency, capital cost of CHP hybrid system with the conventional system.

NOTES[edit | edit source]

  • The CHP unit should satisfy both electrical and heat demand. Heat and domestic demands are quite different from each other. The electrical demand changes drastically within each day, while the heat demand changes very slowly within the day.
The design and implementation of the CHP–EES system for the household[edit | edit source]
  • CHP- It consists of generator with heat recovery system. The engine was fueled with bio-diesel and it was used to fulfill electrical demand. The exhaust heat from the engine was stored in the form of hot water in the tank.
  • Hybrid Energy storage system(HEES) used to store energy. It consist of battery bank and super capacitor module. The electric energy generated and which was not used during off peak hours was stored in the HEES system. It is then discharged during peak hours in order to meet electric demand. Batteries can store large amount of energy in small amount of volumes. Super- capacitors are used as auxiliary storage device to store electricity. It has very low energy density

and can store limited amount of energy compared to batteries. The super capacitor has long life cycle and it has fast charge and discharge duration.

  • The max power calculation for battery is: Pmax =V2oc/4Rb
  • The discharge power P� is equal to 0.19 times nominal maximum power Pmax.
  • The battery and the super-capacitors are connected in parallel to the DC bus.The DC is then converted to AC using an inverter. This happens when battery is discharging. When the battery is charging AC is converted to DC and fed into the battery.
Operational state transferring diagram[edit | edit source]

In this there are three states and two substates.

  • When Pload<Pgen then it goes to state 2(charging state).
  • When Pload> Pgen it either supply energy from battery and the CHP unit.
  • Sub-states 2–1 and 2–2 stand for two different charging approaches.
Conclusion[edit | edit source]
  • The CHP-HEES system can satisfy both electric and heat demand at high efficiency.
  • The overall efficiency is increased compared to conventional energy sources.

Microgeneration Model in Energy Hybrid System - Cogeneration and PV Panels[edit | edit source]

J. Galvão*, S. Leitão**, S. Malheiro**, T. Gaio***

This paper proposes the development of a hybrid energy model with solar PV panels and a small CHP (combined heating and power production) system whose primary energy source is the biomass.It also presents the several rules to achieve new energy efficiency levels.

NOTES[edit | edit source]

  • The hybrid energy model consists of following processes:

1) Cogeneration process.

2) Thermal process.

3) Electrical process.

4) PV process.

  • Cogeneration system uses biomass or ICE as primary energy sources. It provides electrical as well as thermal energy.
  • Thermal process includes heating hot water, space heating etc.
  • PV solar system is also used to produce electricity.
Energy data consumption[edit | edit source]
  • Energy and thermal demand data were considered. The three main energy sources utilized are: Electrical, fuel and gas. Their energy consumption are represented in graphical form in the paper. The most energy source consumed is electricity which contributes to around 55%
  • The energy consumption for heating and cooling varies with season. The graph shows the thermal consumption during winter days.
Energy Hybrid Concept and Solar Potential[edit | edit source]
  • This system consists of several energy sources combined together. It is used to provide electricity with low cost and low emissions.
  • The solar radiation distribution data has been provided in the paper.
  • There are two large areas in co-generation system:

1) Handling/storage of biomass.

2) Heat exchangers, filtration of gas engine/ generator.

  • If PV cant fulfill the electric demand. The additional electric demand is fulfilled by the CHP unit.
Economic Analysis[edit | edit source]
  • The PV process is combined with CHP to supply electricity during peak hours. Excess energy can be stored to electrical net.
  • The hybrid system not only fulfills the energy demand but also increases the efficiency.
Conclusion[edit | edit source]
  • Efficiency is increased by combining PV with CHP unit.
  • This system is eco-friendly i.e it does not emit GHG(Green House Gas).

Feasibility Study for Self-Sustained Wastewater Treatment Plants—Using Biogas CHP Fuel Cell, Micro-Turbine, PV and Wind Turbine Systems[edit | edit source]

Ahmed Helal, Walid Ghoneim, Ahmed Halaby

This paper focuses on the application of the renewable energy sources. The primary objective is to provide an entirely renewable standalone power system, which satisfies lowest possible emissions with the minimum life cycle cost. This paper also discusses on the hybrid optimization model which was used for simulation of CHP and PV hybrid systems.

NOTES[edit | edit source]

  • Combining renewable energy to form a standalone hybrid systems are considered in order to meet the electrical demand of the remote regions. The renewable energy also plays in important role in reducing the green house gas emissions. Using renewable energy resources totally or partially reduces the operating cost of the system.
  • Use of biogas for CHP are proved to be quite economic. The solid oxide fuel cell is combined with micro-turbine for maximum electricity generation.
  • The gas from the digester is given to the generator in order to generate electricity. Fuel cell and microturbine technology are used to re reduce emissions.
  • The selection of the technology For the CHP depends on the application. Microturbine is cost effective and emits less GHG. As low emission is needed fuel cell is used for the CHP unit.
Selection of Fuel Cell Type[edit | edit source]
  • They can work with great variety of fuels such as diesel, kerosene, natural gas etc.
  • High electrical efficiency.
  • Low cleaning demand.
  • Low emission.
  • High operating temperature.
Micro-Turbines+ fuel cell[edit | edit source]
  • In order to raise the electrical output microturbine, the exhaust heat from the fuel cell is utilized by microturbine to convert the gas into electrical energy. combining microturbine with the fuel cell helps to fulfill the electrical demand.
Plant Load Study[edit | edit source]

Electrical Load:

  • Energy requirements in waste-water treatment are mainly for pumping, primary treatment, secondary treatment, space heating, and sludge heating and disposal. The average power required by the plant is 201kW and the power generated by microturbine and fuel cell is 166kW. The load coverage energy by biogas is 69%.

Thermal Load:

  • Space heating is not required in the plant. As the thermal requirement of the plant is quite low, the CHP unit can fulfill the thermal demand quite efficiently.
System Modeling[edit | edit source]
  • The electrical demand is still not satisfied, so other renewable energy resources are connected in order to fulfill remaining electrical demand.
Resources[edit | edit source]
  • Biogas from the plant waste in order to operate SOFC.
  • Wind and solar are determined by wind speed and solar radiation respectively.
  • Optimal system model was designed by modeling all the system depending upon their capital cost, operation and maintanencce cost. Additional required components for modelling were converter and battery bank.
Conclusion[edit | edit source]
  • From the simulation results it was cleared that power generation share of the units is as follows:


2) Wind turbine

3) Solar PV

4) Microturbines.

The cash flow summary share of the units is as follows:


2) Batteries

3) Wind turbine

4) Solar PV

5) Microturbines.

Modeling and Performance Analysis of an Integrated System: Variable Speed Operated Internal Combustion Engine Combined Heat and Power Unit–Photovoltaic Array[edit | edit source]

Robert Radu1, Diego Micheli, Stefano Alessandrini, Iosto Casula and Bogdan Radu

The paper focuses on modelling of CHP system based on the variable speed internal combustion engine combined with the PV technology.This model was modeled in matlab simulink. This paper focuses on energy saving of hybrid PV+CHP system for different operating conditions and for different PV array size.

NOTES[edit | edit source]

  • The CHP system has the capability of reducing the fuel consumption by 20-30% compared to conventional energy consumption.
  • Several CHP technologies can be used. But ICE is used due to its several operation advantages like reliability, relatively low costs, fast transients etc. They can be even operated with different type of fuels. So, they are suitable for commercial residential loads.
  • The ICE with variable speed was selected, this leads to increase the electrical efficiency of 28% but it is for low loads.
  • The advantage of using CHP unit is that, it has low GHG emission. Moreover, combining this with CHP can lead to energy saving. The overall efficiency is increased by using this hybrid system.
System Modeling[edit | edit source]
  • It has three subsystem: CHP unit, PV and the load.
  • The main input are thermal and electrical load profile. Using this as input the operating parameters for hybrid system is calculated.
  • The output are hybrid system efficiencies.
CHP unit model[edit | edit source]
  • It has three main blocks ICE and 2 heat exchangers.
  • The inputs for the ICE are thermal and electrical priority. At every load block it calculates the exhaust gas, coolant temperature and fuel consumption. The fuel consumption is controlled by PID block.
  • The mechanical power and the exhaust gas are calculated at every load condition through which fuel consumption can be calculated.
  • Temperatures at the engine and user sides of the cooling water heat exchanger are calculated. Coolant outlet temperature and water outlet temperature are calculated using water flow rate coolant flow rate which is specified in the paper.
  • Water inlet temperature is considered as the design parameter.
  • The simulation block of exhaust gas heat exchanger is used to calculate the exhaust heat and outlet temperature of both exhaust gas and water.
PV system model[edit | edit source]
  • The inputs to the PV system are:

1) The solar irradiation.

2) The ambient temperature.

3) Module characteristics

4) PV array characteristics.

  • Using these inputs the module calculates the PV panel output theoretically. The panel electrical output is calculated as the difference between the theoretical output and the sum of temperature, reflection and system losses.
System[edit | edit source]
  • The grid connection is done through a power electronics unit composed of a rectifier (AC-DC) followed by the inverter(Dc-AC).
  • The output frequency of the CHP is constant 50Hz but the speed of the ICE is variable so it improves the operating efficiency.
  • Inverter measures and stores the AC electrical parameters. The DC parameters are connected to the inverter which converts the DC to AC output.
  • By coupling CHP with PV we can meet the electrical and thermal demand.
Conclusion[edit | edit source]
  • CHP simulation model demonstrates a sufficiently good precision with respect to the electric efficiency.

Optimal sizing of hybrid solar micro-CHP systems for the household sector[edit | edit source]

Caterina Brandonia, Massimiliano Renzib

The paper mainly focuses on the importance of optimal sizing hybrid microgeneration systems. The parameters which should be considered for sizing phase are: energy prices,ambient conditions,energy demand,units' characteristics,electricity grid constraints. This paper also focuses on maximizing the economic and the energy savings compared to conventional generation.

NOTES[edit | edit source]

  • Renewable or fossil fuels are used to operate combined heat and power production, providing important results in terms of energy savings and emission reduction.
  • Due to the intermittency of the Pv technology the integgration of solar with grid was a problem.This problem was mitigated by introduction of hybrid systems, consisting of coupling solar systems with micro-CHP units fueled by natural gas.
  • When dealing with hybrid systems, identifying the optimal sizing of the energy conversion systems is a tough issue due to several parameters that must be taken into account in the analysis, such as electricity and fuel price, energy loads and weather conditions.
Energy system modeling[edit | edit source]
  • The system was made up of PV, micro-CHP device (the technologies considered are ICE, Stirling, microturbine and fuel cell), a Thermal Energy Storage (TES), a cooling device (vapour compression chiller or water/LiBr absorption chiller)
  • Meteorological Year database for determining the yield of Solar system depending on solar radiation and ambient conditions.
  • The hourly values of the following quantities are used: the Direct Normal Irradiation (DNI); the global solar irradiation over a south-oriented 30degree tilted surface; the ambient temperature.
  • The efficiency of a PV panel depends on the ambient conditions, the most influential being the available solar radiation and the solar cell temperature figures.
Micro-CHP modeling[edit | edit source]
  • All the micro-CHP units were modeled on the basis of electrical efficiency and power to heat ratio.
  • The technologies considered in this work are four: ICE, Stirling engine, microturbine and fuel cell. Table is given in paper which shows comparison for all those ways of which fuel cell technique is most efficient as it has power to heat ratio =1. But it has a drawback that is its cost.
  • It shows the advantages of using different technologies depending on the application.
Optimal sizing of system[edit | edit source]
  • Electrical demand can be satisfied by the (PV),the micro-CHP unit and the electricity bought from the grid (if needed).
  • CHP unit is used to fulfill thermal demand such as space heating, hot domestic water etc.
Objective function[edit | edit source]
  • The objective is to minimize annual cost derived by implementation of such a hybrid system is given by sum of annualized capital cost of all the devices and annual operating cost of them.
  • The capital cost of each device depends on its life time and capacity recovery factor.
  • Operating cost depends on fuel cost of running CHP unit, operating and maintenance cost of the CHP unit, Cost of purchasing electric energy from grid if needed, the revenue coming from generating electric energy from solar and CHP unit.
Conclusion[edit | edit source]
  • The use of hybrid system is used to minimize the operating cost, overall system efficiency and low GHG emission compared to conventional energy source.

Optimizing design of household scale hybrid solar photovoltaic + combined heat and power systems for Ontario[edit | edit source]

P. Derewonko and J. M. Pearce

This paper focuses on the feasibility of implementing a hybrid solar photovoltaic (PV) + combined heat and power (CHP) and battery bank system for a residential application to generate reliable base load power to the grid. Due to the intermittency of PV technology there is penetration problem into the grid. By installing hybrid system this problem can be mitigated.

NOTES[edit | edit source]

  • The CHP unit provides backup for PV arrays, when PV arrays are not able to fulfill thee electric demand.
  • The hybrid system also increases the PV penetration level. Thus,implementing a hybrid solar photovoltaic + combined heat and power (CHP) + battery bank system to supply the grid with base load power.
  • Due to the intermittent nature of PV technology the penetration level of 5% which can be tracked by the utility. Currently, PV penetration level is <1%. This problems are mainly due to i) diurnal cycle, ii) yearly cycle, and iii) fluctuating weather conditions.
Data Collection and Analysis[edit | edit source]
  • A Matlab program was made in order to determine maximum measured irradiance, total amount of measured energy and histogram data for change in PV generation.
  • The program gave a bell like shaped showing which determines a maximum solar irradance value and at what time they took place. The area under this curve gives information of the solar irradiance at every cloudless day in a month. Using this data Solar energy Lost due to cloud cover was determined.
Hybrid PV+CHP+Battery design for a residential system[edit | edit source]
  • The CHP system which produced electric energy same as the electric power generated by the solar PV.
  • During hours of high solar flux, the instantaneous PV energy is the primary energy source, and the CHP unit is turned off. However, the CHP unit runs continuously during the non-solar hours of the day and during an additional specified overlap time with the low irradiance hours of the day (morning and evening), generating a base load of 1.2 kW using natural gas as a fuel.
  • The heat generated during this process can be used for heating space or water or even can be used by absorption chiller(cooling).
  • The excess electrical energy generated by can be stored in the battery. This energy stored in battery can be utilized when the PV is not able to meet electric load requirements and CHP unit is off.
Results[edit | edit source]
  • From the data for the average electric energy generated by the PV over an year (monthly data).

Modelling the Italian household sector at the municipal scale: Micro-CHP, renewables and energy efficiency[edit | edit source]

Gabriele Comodia, , , , Luca Cioccolantia, Massimiliano Renzi

This purpose of this paper is to reduce household energy consumption. The study also investigates the effects of tourist flows on town’s energy consumption by modelling. Cogeneration and renewables (PV) were proven to be valuable solutions to reduce the energetic and environmental burden.

NOTES[edit | edit source]

  • The hybrid system was installed in order to reduce energy consumption and reduction of GHG emission.
Micro-CHP unit[edit | edit source]
  • CHP are used for space heating using heat exchangers.
  • There are several CHP technologies like MGT (micro-gas turbine),ICE(Internal combustion engine) ,FC (Fuel cell) and stirling engines.
  • Techno-economical parameters considered are efficiency, investment cost,cogeneration ratio and life cycle of the devices.
Solar Panel unit[edit | edit source]
  • Techno-economical parameters considered are Efficiency, life time and AF (availability factor), indicates the percent working hours over the year.
  • Techno-economical parameters to be considered are AF data reflect the overall yearly production of the PVs in the town, investment cost, cost for M&O, life time, efficiency.
Results[edit | edit source]
  • Overall efficiency was reduced.
  • GHG emission was reduced.
  • Consumption of energy was minimized.

Micro combined heat and power (MCHP) technologies and applications[edit | edit source]

Maryam Mohammadi Maghankia, Barat Ghobadiana, Gholamhassan Najafia, Reza Janzadeh Galogah

The purpose of this paper is reduction of energy demand of the residential sector for space heating, domestic hot water heating,and electricity by using cogeneration hybrid system.The reduced green house gas emissions and reduced reliance by installing hybrid system. The comparison has been made between the MCHP technology and the other ones such as primemover, electrical and thermal power,efficiency and emissions.

NOTES[edit | edit source]

  • Prime mover for CHP technology can be ICE,SE,MGT,MRC.
  • The output of prime-mover is electricity which is if generated in excess can be fed into grid. If the electricity demand is not fulfilled the excess required can be taken from grid.
The CHP unit[edit | edit source]
  • The CHP unit consists of a heat exchanger, auxiliary boiler and thermal storage unit. This is used in order to meet thermal demand such as space heating and hot domestic water. If the heat so generated is in excess by CHP then it is stored in the thermal storage unit.
  • The efficiency of the CHP unit varies depending on the technology being used and also the fuel/gas source employed.
  • It reduces the fuel consumptions by 76.5%.
CHP Technologies[edit | edit source]
  • The overall efficiency of a CHP unit is combined of thermal and electrical efficiency. The overall efficiency varies from technology used in CHP.
  • ICE internal combustion engine provides efficiency up to 90%. MRC Micro rankine cycle provides efficiency of more than 90%. The efficiency varies with technologies.
Conclusion[edit | edit source]
  • It provides really high efficiency.
  • Less fuel consumption.
  • Low GHG emission compared to conventional source.
  • CHP unit is able to fulfill 80% of thermal demand and approximately 85% of electrical demand.


Semra Öztürk, Mehlika Şengül, Nuran Yörükeren

This paper proposes a mathematical model of a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant. In this study, operating of CHP which produce electricity and heat in order to fulfill electrical and thermal demand. Cogeneration system are connected to auxiliary devices such as boiler, compressor, combustion chamber, gas turbine etc.

NOTES[edit | edit source]

  • In this CHP generates both electricity and heat simultaneously which is utilized by industries.
  • In conventional energy heat needed is obtained from the boiler which utilizes fuel. But by using CHP the waste heat produced is utilized for heating purpose, which leads to saving fuel and increasing efficiency.
  • In industries un-interrupted power supply and heating and cooling process is essential. Even outage for short period of time can cause very large lose. So using CHP along with the conventional energy can minimize the outages to a great extend.
  • By using CHP for water heating the thermal efficiency is too high. Thermal efficiency is upto 85% with fuel oil and 90% with gas applications.
  • When generating heat and electricity from the CHP only a small portion of cooling water heat can be recovered.
  • The volume of outlet power as electricity, exhaust gas temperature, steam pressure and steam quantity can be observed by this model.
Conclusion[edit | edit source]
  • Cogeneration with gas turbine provides high efficiency.
  • Low gas emission.
  • Mathematical model for control strategy was used in order to operate CHP efficiently.

The effect of installation of nextgeneration home energy systems in Japan[edit | edit source]

This paper demonstrates the simulation model for PV, CHP and batteries in order to reduce energy bill, fuel used and reduction in CO2 emission. The paper focuses on several condition in order to achieve zero energy consumption.

NOTES[edit | edit source]

  • Net zero energy houses require not only high levels of insulation and high efficiency appliances, but also some kind of distributed home energy system, such as a combined heat and power (CHP) system and a photovoltaic generation (PV) system.
  • The combination of PV and CHP is called double power generation. The fuel cell power efficiency is decreased during partial load. It can be energy efficient by charging the battery when demand is low.
Simulation conditions[edit | edit source]

The simulation is done on the basis of:

1) Energy cost, primary energy consumption and reduction of GHG emission.

2)Hourly data for a week in each month.

3) Heat loss of storage tank.

The simulation is done on three forms of combination:

  • Fuel cell system:

When the electricity demand is less than the minimum rated value of the fuel cell. The heater in the CHP runs and is heated energy is stored in the tank.

  • Photovoltaic System(PV):

PV is connected to the grid. The surplus energy is fed into the grid.

  • Battery:

The purpose of using battery is that the fuel cell can be operated at as high a load as possible. This improves the power generation efficiency.

  • Photovoltaic (PV) generation:

Hourly meteorological data about one week per month is selected.

Conclusion[edit | edit source]
  • By using CHP system with PV and battery can reduce the energy cost, primary energy consumption and Co2 emission by 84%, 54% and 73% respectively compared to conventional system with no PV and no batteries.

The present and future of residential refrigeration, power generation and energy storage[edit | edit source]

R.Z. Wang, X. Yu, T.S. Ge, T.X. Li

This paper focuses on summarizing the current status and possible developments related to residential refrigeration, power generation and energy storage. Based upon the fast development of energy efficiency, energy safety and use of renewable and sustainable energy, various energy systems related to residential refrigeration, power generation and storage have been developing. In this paper the current status of such various integrated system are summarized.

NOTES[edit | edit source]

Solar PV+CHP[edit | edit source]
  • PV+CHP system is very efficient compared to conventional energy system because conventional energy uses primary fuel for generating electricity and CHP can use natural gas for generating heat and electricity. The exhausted can be used by absorption chiller for cooling. This system is called CCHP.
  • The exhausted can be used by absorption chiller for cooling. This system is called CCHP. Adding an absorption chiller unit in the circuit will increase the efficiency more of the system. Such an arrangement is called PV+CCHP model.
Wind energy and solar energy power generation[edit | edit source]
  • The stand-alone wind energy and a solar energy has drawback of generating unpredictable electric output, since the output power depends on intermittent weather conditions. A conventional stand-alone wind-solar hybrid system topology, which contains: a wind turbine, a permanent magnet generator, a diode bridge rectifier, a solar cell, three direct current (DC)/DC converters, a DC/alternating current (AC) converter, a storage battery, a control unit, sample circuits, a DC load and an AC load.
  • The efficient power should be DC power as it has no AC losses and can be obtained directly from solar PVs. The DC can be converted to AC using inverter.
Energy storage[edit | edit source]

It helps in increasing the energy consumption efficiency. The energy storage is an effective method in meeting the energy demand during peak periods, and storing during off peak time.

Conclusion[edit | edit source]
  • High efficiency can be achieved using hybrid systems.

Techno-economic Analysis of an Off-Grid Photovoltaic Natural Gas Power System for a University[edit | edit source]

P. Sunderan1* , B. Singh2 , N.M.Mohamed2, N.S. Husain1

This paper mainly focuses on determining the technical and economical feasibility of a PV-natural gas hybrid power system to supply electricity and energy. The inclusion of PV reduced the amount of natural gas burned in the hybrid system. HOMER software was used to size, simulate and evaluate the hybrid power system in this analysis. The simulations provide some insights into the monthly electricity generated by the photovoltaic-natural gas system, net present cost (NPC) and cost of energy (COE) of the system, renewable fraction (RF) and greenhouse gas emissions of the system.

NOTES[edit | edit source]

  • This analysis is conducted with the goal of reducing the natural gas consumption of the existing non-renewable energy source. By the reduction of natural gas usage,it helped in the reduction of GHG emission.
  • The solar irridiance data for complete year has been observed. During novemeber to january the radiation are very low as observed from the graph.
Electrical load[edit | edit source]
  • In this monthly and hourly load profile i.e electrical demand has been noted. From hours 8.00 to 18.00 load demand is high.
HOMER software[edit | edit source]
  • The simulation is performed using HOMER software. It is used to design and perform economic feasibility analysis of the hybrid power system.
  • The schematic disgram is as follows:

- The gas generator is connected to the AC bus which supplies the load.

- The output of PV system is connected to the DC bus.

- This DC output is connected to AC bus through DC to AC converter.

  • The analysis was done for 25 years duration for annual rate of 4%.
  • Once the data are available, the simulation can be run where calculations are performed to determine if the available renewable resources is able to meet the load demand. When the renewable resource is not sufficient to meet the load demand, the generator system or grid connection is considered.
Results and Discussion[edit | edit source]
  • Out of the total power generated 9% was generated by the PV arrays. The detailed monthly graph for power generated by each unit was also provide, which shows that the PV generation was more effective during the month of August and March. Even the total operating cost of the system can be estimated.
  • The natural gas consumption by the generator when it is working with PV arrays is less as compared to it standalone operation.
  • Emission also reduces by a considerable amount.



This paper focuses on meeting the electricity demand of a building and use the heat byproduct of this process for internal usage, simultaneously.The integration of the elements connected to the power system to offer great benefits such as better efficiency, reliability, with possible integration of renewable energy sources. In this PV is connected to the CHP in order to fulfill the demand. The main purpose of this paper is to reduce the GHG emission and fossil fuel consumption.

NOTES[edit | edit source]

PV system with grid[edit | edit source]
  • In this the PV is mounted. The output of the PV is DC which is given to the inverter which converts DC to AC. The AC is supplied to the load in order to fulfill the electric demand. Moreover, the excess electricity produced by the PV after fulfilling the demand for the load is fed into the grid.
CHP unit[edit | edit source]
  • The CHP unit consists of

1) Fuel storage.

2) Heat Exchanger.

3) Inveter.

4) Engine.

5) Heat reservior.

The fuel storage is used to store fuel to operate the engine. The engine converts the mechanical energy into electrical energy. The output of the engine is DC which is converted to AC using inverter. The waste heat produced is given to the heat exchanger which is used for space heating and hot water.

Hybrid CHP+Pv system[edit | edit source]
  • The PV+CHP system is used in order to increase the overall efficiency. If Pv is not able to fulfill the load demand. Then CHP unit operates and fulfills the load demand. The thermal demand is fulfilled by the CHP unit. The extra energy is fed into the grid.

Operational strategy and marginal costs in simple trigeneration systems[edit | edit source]

M.A. Lozano, M. Carvalho, L.M. Serra

This paper focuses on the operation of a trigeneration system. Trigeneration systems (CHCP: Combined Heating, Cooling and Power generation) allow greater operational flexibility at sites with a variable demand for energy in the form of heating and cooling. This paper also focuses on thermoeconomic analysis based on production cost, to obtain cost of energy flow and final product.

NOTES[edit | edit source]

Efficieny of consumedd fuel is one of the main benefits of trigeneration system which is used for the production of three type of energies heat, cooling and electricity. The advantages of trigeneration are primary energy saving, reduction in GHG emission and lower cost of energy services.

Simple trigeneration system[edit | edit source]
  • It consists of a cogeneration unit and an absorption chiller. The cogeneration unit consists of prime mover like gas turbine, reciprocating engine etc. which converts the fuel energy into mechanical energy. The alternator convert this mechanical energy into electrical energy. It also consists of heat recovery unit.
  • The absorption chiller can produce cooling using the recovered heat. The purpose of trigeneration unit is to fulfill the different energy demands like electricity, heat and cooling.
  • A optimal model state was obtained by solving the linear modelling program. The objective was to minimize the operating cost.
Thermoeconomic analysis[edit | edit source]
  • The objective of thermoeconomics is to explain the cost formation process throughout the system from the energy resources to the final products.
  • Dual prices and marginal costs information are important for two reasons:

(i) to identify which operation constraint could be changed to improve the solution.

(ii) to react automatically when external operational circumstances (prices of resources and product demands) change.

  • The cogeneration module operates at full load and electricity is purchased; therefore, if an additional unit of electricity is required, it can only be obtained by purchasing it from the electric grid. If an additional electricity is required, it must be obtained through the purchased electricity, because the cogeneration module is operating at full load. An additional unit of heat will be produced by the auxiliary boiler.
  • The waste heat from the cogeneration unit is used to fulfill heating and cooling demand.
Conclusion[edit | edit source]
  • The linear programming model developed allows the determination of the optimal operation mode corresponding to the minimum variable cost.
  • The use of trigeneration helped to reduce the cost of primary energy source, reduce GHG emission.

Analysis of hybrid energy systems for application in southern Ghana[edit | edit source]

Muyiwa S. Adaramolaa, Martin Agelin-Chaabb, Samuel S. Paulc

This paper focus on an economic analysis of the feasibility of utilizing a hybrid energy system consisting of solar, wind and diesel generators for application in remote areas. HOMER software was used for actual load data and wind data in order to carry out simulation. The paper also presented Sensitivity analysis on the effect of changes in wind speed, solar global radiation and diesel price on the optimal energy was investigated and the impact of solar PV price on the LCOE for a selected hybrid energy.

NOTES[edit | edit source]

  • A stand-alone solar energy system cannot provide electricity around the clock throughout the year if there are cloudy days when there is no sunlight due to its intermittent nature.
  • Similarly a stand-alone wind energy system may not produce usable energy for considerable portion of time during the year due to relatively high cut-in wind speed.
  • Hence, hybrid system which included both of this technologies will be a good option for satisfying energy needs.
LOAD AND ENERGY RESOURCES[edit | edit source]
  • The data for cost of fuel for the generator and electrical load as well as the solar and wind energy resources were obtained.
POWER PLANT COMPONENTS[edit | edit source]
  • The PV–wind–Gen hybrid consists of two parts:

1) Power plant: which consists of PV module, wind turbine, diesel generator, battery and power converter.

2) Mini grid transmission and distribution system.

  • The hybrid energy system is designed and analyzed using HOMER software.The HOMER software requires information about the cost (capital, replacement, operation and maintenance), number (or size) of units to be used, operating hours and lifetime, and other specific component properties for every component in energy system.
Components in energy system: Output power[edit | edit source]
  • The ouput power of PV module can be calculated from the equation given in the paper and the PV specificaions.
  • The output power of Wind resource can be calculated by HOMER software.
  • The fuel consumption of the diesel generator can be calculated.
  • The battery is used to provide the energy when hybrid sytem is not able to fulfill the electrical need of the load.
  • A power converter maintains the flow of energy between the AC electrical load and DC components of the hybrid energy system.
  • Cost of fixed and the initial capital cost has been calculated and maintenance cost for the hybrid system per year is also been considered.
RESULTS[edit | edit source]
  • It can be seen from the simulation that wind and PV hybrid can fulfill around 50% of the power demand.
  • Using the renewable hybrid can reduce the GHG emission, cost of fuel, saves energy and reduce the maintenance cost.

Economic and environmental based operation strategies of a hybrid photovoltaic–microgas turbine trigeneration system[edit | edit source]

Firdaus Basrawia, Takanobu Yamadab, Shinya Obara

This paper focuses on environmental and economic performance of photovoltaic and CHP system with various operation strategies. Economic performance was analyzed using life cycle cost analysis and environmental performance was analyzed based on the actual emissions of GHG.

NOTES[edit | edit source]

  • Power plant can be designed as cogeneration system or trigeneration system in order to increase the performance of the system.
  • The PV system will be used to fulfill the demand of the load during the day time and during remaining period the cogeneration unit fulfills it. The exhaust heat can be stored and used later.
  • Battery is used to store the excess power and supplied during off period.
Model of the hybrid energy system[edit | edit source]
  • The PV and MGT generate electricity but output of PV is DC which needs to be converted to AC using inverter. Excess energy can be stored in the battery. The current must be converted to DC during the charging process, and converted back to AC during the discharging process.
  • Waste heat of the MGT is recovered by the heat exchanger, and it is used to cover water heating demand of the houses, and the rest is supplied to the absorption chiller. The absorption chiller converts heat energy in cooling energy.
  • Power demand will be covered by the combination of PV and MGT. Imbalance between power supply and demand can be controlled by the battery.
Economic analysis of the hybrid system[edit | edit source]
  • Life cycle cost is evaluated by the hybrid energy performance of the system. The maintanence cost and othe factors were taken into consideration for economic analysis fo the hybrid system.
  • The two strategies were taken into consideration: The operating strategy and the combined cycle gas turbine.
Conclusion[edit | edit source]

Hybrid energy system with power-match operation strategy had the highest net Profit compared to other hybrid systems but had more CO2 emission compared to combined cycle gas turbine. Combined cycle gas turbine is best in economic and emission performance compared to operational strategy.

Energetic hybrid systems for residential use [edit | edit source]

Mustapha Hatti, Nachida Kasbadji Merzouk and Achour Mahrane

This paper presents combined technologies (wind, fuel cells and solar power) to achieve synergies in terms of cost and energetic efficiency compared to systems based on a single energy source and energy conversion technology. This paper also focuses on models required to simulate the components and sub-systems of a Wind-Photovoltaic’s-Fuel cells-Micro-turbine and Diesel power system.

NOTES[edit | edit source]

The use of hybrid renewable energy resource can provide higher quality and more reliable Power and it reduces the CO2 emission and reduce the dependence of supply on fossil fuel. As wind and solar are intermittent they are not consistent so they require additional source of power.


1) Photovoltaic: A PV power supply system is established as a reliable and economical source of electricity in residential areas.

2) Batteries and superconductors: They are used to convert chemical energy into electrical energy. They are used to store excess of energy which can be used for future purpose during shortage.

3) Diesel Generators: Diesel engine is coupled directly to the synchronous generator.

4) Wind generator:

5) CHP (FUEL CELL+MICRO-TURBINE): The power converter is very clean and efficient. Efficiency upto 82% can be obtained. The components of a microturbine are: compressor, turbine, combustion chamber, boiler and generator: permanent magnet synchronous machine.

ADVANTAGES[edit | edit source]
  • Reduction of CO2 emission.
  • Reduction cost primary fuels.
  • Increase in the overall efficiency of the system.
  • Battery is used to provide power when renewable source does not fulfill the power demand.
  • Increases the economy of Wind and solar power and help increasing their penetration level.

Large-scale integration of wind power into different energy systems[edit | edit source]

Henrik Lund

The paper focuses on the ability of different energy systems and regulation strategies to integrate wind power. The wind power is used to reduce CO2 emission. Energy systems and regulation strategies are analysed in the range of a wind power input from 0 to 100% of the electricity demand. 50% of the electricity demand is produced in CHP, a number of future energy systems with CO2 reduction potentials are analysed, i.e. systems with more CHP, systems using electricity for transportation (battery or hydrogen vehicles) and systems with fuel-cell technologies.

NOTES[edit | edit source]

ENERGY PLAN MODEL[edit | edit source]

The Energy PLAN model is an input/output model. The energy system in the Energy PLAN model includes heat production from solar thermal. With the CHP system electricity is also produced using renewable energy resources.

The energy plan model consists of the following units





Technical analysis[edit | edit source]

The technical analyses distinguish between the two following strategies:

Strategy I:Meeting heat demand

Strategy II:Meeting both heat and electricity demands.

1) Annual consumption of electricity, even required for transport.

2) Solar thermal and industrial CHP production input for district heating.

3) Capacity and operating efficiency of CHP, Heat pumps, Boilers, power stations.

Conclusion[edit | edit source]
  • Reduce GHG emission.
  • CHP improves the operation efficiency.

Environmental impacts of microgeneration: Integrating solar PV, Stirling engine CHP and battery storage[edit | edit source]

Paul Balcombea, Dan Rigbyb, Adisa Azapagic

This paper focuses on a microgeneration system combining solar PV, combined heat and power plant (CHP) and battery storage could potentially mitigate these problems improving energy self-sufficiency. The main goal of the paper is to determine the environmental impacts associated with an integrated solar PV, SECHP and battery storage system installed in a household and compare it to the impacts from a conventional supply of electricity from the grid and heat from a domestic boiler.

NOTES[edit | edit source]

  • Due to the intermittent nature of PV, it lead to the problem of grid balancing. The solution for this is coupling solar PV with the battery which could reduce uncontrolled exports.
  • Coupling solar PV and battery storage with a Stirling engine combined heat and power plant (SECHP) would help further improving self sufficiency

of supply.

Installation and operation of the PV–SECHP-battery system[edit | edit source]
  • The SECHP unit supplies heat demand and electricity demand is fulfilled by PV and CHP both.
  • When electricity demand from the PV and CHP exceeds, it is stored in the battery. When the battery gets fully charged the power is transferred into the grid.
  • When electricity generated by PV and CHP is lower than the demand it is then supplied by the battery. Even the battery is unable to fulfill the demand it is then supplied by the grid.
  • The average efficiency of SECHP operation is found to be 94.7%, including start-ups and shut-downs.
Environmental impacts of the PV–SECHP-battery system[edit | edit source]
  • The environmental impacts of the PV-SECHP-battery system are very low compared to the conventional energy system.
Conclusion[edit | edit source]

Using of SECHP has reduced the CO2 emission compared to conventional energy system. Moreover, the global warming is reduced by 17% if the system is operated more efficiently.

Renewable energy strategies for sustainable development[edit | edit source]

Henrik Lund

This paper focuses on the renewable energy (wind, solar, wave and biomass) in the making of strategies for a sustainable development. Such strategies contains three major technological changes: energy savings, efficiency improvements in the energy production, and replacement of fossil fuels by various sources of renewable energy.

NOTES[edit | edit source]

  • The share of electricity supply by CHP is around 50% and wind supplies around 20% of the electricity demand.
  • The Energy PLAN model has been used for a number of similar analyses of large-scale integration of renewable energy, efficiency improvements in the energy production, and replacement of fossil fuels by various sources of renewable energy.
  • Three technologies have been considered for the analysis: Savings, Efficiency and RES(Renewable Energy Sources).

Economic Analysis of Microgrids[edit | edit source]

Asanol, H. ; Tokyo Univ., Tokyo ; Bandol, S

This paper focuses on technical feasibility of microgrids with renewable energy. This paper also focuses on methodology for economic design and optimal operation of microgrids with renewable energy sources.

NOTES[edit | edit source]

  • The microgrid involves interconnection of small distributed generation (DG)DGs and loads through a local grid.
  • Cost of microgrid include capital costs of equipment, fuel cost of DGs, purchased cost and selling price of electricity from the main grid, construction costs of distribution lines.
  • Due to the intermittent nature of wind power and PV, the microgrids are used to manage intermittency with controllable DGs such as gas engine and battery storage.
  • CHP is used to increase the renewable energy near the demand side because CHP is used to adjust the output of the intermittent renewable sources.
  • The efficiency due to PV increases by 40%.
System Configuration[edit | edit source]
  • The system is composed of gas-engine(GE), battery(BAT), heat exchangers(HE), thermal storage tanks(TS), a steam absorption refrigerator(RS), a gas-absorption chiller(RG), and a gas-boiler(GB).
  • The surplus electricity is fed into the grid during the off peak time to improve the power generation efficiency.
Conclusion[edit | edit source]
  • Microgrids can improve the services of loads with cleaner, more efficient, more reliable technologies.

Micro-CHP systems for residential applications[edit | edit source]

Michel De Paepea, Peter D’Herdta, David Mertensb

This paper focuses on the analysis of the operational parameters of 3 types of micro-CHP systems for residential use. For each building type, the energy demands for electricity and heat are dynamically determined. Economic analysis were done on different technologies. Data were obtained for two commercially available gas engines, two Stirling engines and a fuel cell.

NOTES[edit | edit source]

The CHP unit concept is using the waste heat for heating purpose. Using CHP unit will not only provide heat to the building but will also provide electricity. Performance, flexibility and operational requirements were considered under all possible operating conditions, both under grid connected and stand alone configurations.

CHP technology[edit | edit source]
  • Five micro-CHP systems are evaluated for use in residential applications.
  • Load profiles for two different families were considered. In the present case DOE 2.5 was used for doing this analysis.
  • The CHP unit that was studied are:

a) Two CHP units using gas engine, running on natural gas.

b) Two CHP units using sterling engine, running on any fuel.

c) CHP unit using Fuel cell, running on hydrogen gas using natural gas.

Primary Energy[edit | edit source]
  • Calculation for primary energy savings, CO2 emission reduction and the financial savings for different configuration are taken into consideration.

2.Three different cases were considered for comparison:

a)The electricity is produced by a combined cycle gas/steam turbine plant. The efficiency is about 53-56%.

b)Electricity produced form fuel cell power plant. The average efficiency is 42%.

c)Electricity produced from nuclear power plant. The average efficiency is 37%.

  • The CHP strategy is used to meet the heat requirement. Excess electricity is generated is fed back into the grid. To calculate the primary energy use, the electricity sold to the grid is deducted from the total amount used.
CO2 emission[edit | edit source]
  • Electricity produced from CHP unit is about 50%. The lowest CO2 emission is emitted by CHP using natural gas.
  • From the graph it can be observed that the average CO2 produced by the fossil fuel is much higher than using CHP technologies.
Energy saving[edit | edit source]
  • From all the simulation results the the electrical and heat demand can be obtained.
  • From the data obtained the maximum energy saving by various CHP modules can be determined.
Economics: Profit[edit | edit source]
  • CHP module: Investment and Maintenance cost.
  • Electricity purchasing and selling price. Even gas purchase price is considered.
  • Annual profit:

Annual profit is the sum of:

  • The money received for the electricity which is sold to the grid.

The following amount is subtracted from the annual profit:

• The maintenance costs.

• The extra cost due to the extra amount of gas used.

Conclusion[edit | edit source]
  • The CO2 emission is reduced.
  • Stirling engine is the best technology for the CHP.

Optimal sizing of renewable energy and CHP hybrid energy microgrid system[edit | edit source]

Yanhong Yang ; Grad. Univ. of Chinese Acad. of Sci., Beijing, China ; Wei Pei ; Zhiping Qi

The paper mainly focuses on a method for optimal sizing renewable energy generations and combined heat and power (CHP) units in a hybrid energy microgrid. A microgrid system, which was based on hourly energy balance and can meet customer requirements with minimum system annual cost. The paper presents the development and implementation of the method, and demonstrates its application on the hybrid energy microgrid system.

NOTES[edit | edit source]

  • Hybrid energy microgrid which consists of solar photovoltaic, wind generations, microturbine CHP.
  • Microgrid system can both reduce the influence of renewable energy volatility and increase the efficiency of fossil energy.
SYSTEM DESCRIPTION[edit | edit source]
  • It is composed of PV array generation, wind turbine generation, microturbine/engine combined heat and power system, energy storage and boiler, it provides both power and heat.
  • The wind power computation model has two parts, simulate wind speed and compute wind turbine power output.
  • Microturbine CHP can have a stable power output, but the heat to power ratio and fuel consumption.
  • The wind power computation model has two parts, simulate wind speed and compute wind turbine power output.
CONCLUSIONS[edit | edit source]
  • Annealing algorithm was used to solve planning model.
  • The study case shows that the renewable energy generation and CHP unit can complement each other, and heat recovery plays a significant role in the optimization performed.

Modeling and Simulation of Photovoltaic module using MATLAB/Simulink[edit | edit source]

S. Sheik Mohammed

This paper focuses on modeling of PV module using MATLAB/simulink. The essential parameters required for modeling the system are taken from datasheets. I-V and P-V characteristics curves. This paper provides the fundamental knowledge on design and buildind blocks of PV module based on mathematical equation using simulink.

NOTES[edit | edit source]

  • In order to minimize the GHG emissions, renewable energy resources are used.
OPERATION OF PV MODULE[edit | edit source]
  • Solar cells convert solar energy into DC current. Several solar cells are connected in series to increase the voltage and they are connected in parallel to increase the current.
  • When the PN junction is exposed to light, photons with energy greater than the gap of energy are absorbed, causing the emergence of electron-hole pairs. These carriers are separated under the influence of electric fields within the junction, creating a current that is proportional to the incidence of solar irradiation.
  • Solar-cell V-I and P-V characteristics varies with cell temperature and solar irradiation.
  • Short circuit current: It is the current when the impedance is low.
  • Open circuit voltage: When open circuit current occurs when there is no current passing through the cell.
  • Maximum Power Point: It is the operating point at which the power is maximum across the load.
  • Efficiency: It is the ratio between the maximum power and the incident light power.
  • Fill Factor (FF): It is calculated by comparing the maximum power to the theoretical power (Pt) that would be output at both the open circuit voltage and short circuit current together. It is essentially a measure of quality of the solar cell.
  • MATLAB software is used for simulation using mathematical equations. The Solarex MSX60/MSX64 PV modules are chosen for modeling.
  • These modules consist of 36 polycrystalline silicon solar cells electrically configured as two series strings of 18 cells each.
CONCLUSION[edit | edit source]
  • The I-V and P-V characteristics are generated using MATLAB simulink software.

Dynamic programming to a CHP-HES system[edit | edit source]

Chen, X.P. ; Electr. Eng. Sch., Guizhou Univ., Guiyang, China ; Li, Z.T. ; Xiong, W. ; Wang, M.H.

This paper presents the optimal energy management algorithm for operating a system that consists of a CHP with hybrid energy storage (CHP-HES). The energy efficiencies were improved by applying a dynamic programming to the system.

NOTES[edit | edit source]

  • CHP (combined heating and power) is used to solve the problems of enhancing energy efficiency and reducing GHG emissions.
  • CHP application can reduce the energy loss mainly caused due to the waste heat during the power production which is about 65% of the loss.
  • By combining energy storage with the CHP can improve the energy efficiency of the system.
  • Enhancement of systems can be done by hybrid energy storage system, especially when batteries are coupled with super-capacitors.

RESULTS[edit | edit source]

  • Energy produced with HES is around 35.16% and without HES is 33.63%. Moreover, the efficiency with HES is more compared to without HES.

Energy dispatching based on predictive controller of an off-grid wind turbine/ photovoltaic/ hydrogen/battery hybrid system[edit | edit source]

Juan P. Torreglosaa, Pablo Garcíab, Luis M. Fernández, Francisco Jurado

This paper focuses on energy dispatching based on Model Predictive Control (MPC) for off-grid photovoltaic (PV)/wind turbine/hydrogen/battery hybrid systems. The software used fot he modelling is MATLAB- simulink.

NOTES[edit | edit source]

  • Two kinds of simulation can be carried out in order to meet the objective of energy dispatching. The two kinds of simulation are: short term and long term simulation.

1) The short term simulations are those which focus on dynamic of the sources which considers variation in net power variation due to changes in the net power changes.

2) The long term simulation is to show proper operation of the system. They take into consideration the parameters like operation costs, degradation of the sources, level of charge of the storage devices, etc.

  • The hybrid system consists of the wind turbine, PV, electrolyzer and fuel cell.
Off-grid Hybrid System[edit | edit source]
  • The main energy sources are renewable energy sources like PV system and wind turbines. It also consists of the battery and hydrogen system for backup when renewable sources are not able to fulfill the energy demand.
  • The energy that flows between energy sources is done by the DC-DC converter.
  • The excess electricity generated is stored in the battery or stored as hydrogen in the tank.
  • When there is shortage of energy it is supplied by the battery.
Results[edit | edit source]
  • Hourly data the sun irradiance, wind speed and load power consumption profile used in the simulations.
  • It was observed that the hydrogen power variation is lower for the energy dispatching based on MPC, and therefore, its battery power range is higher.
  • Fuel cell efficient is higher at lower power demand.
  • The efficiency for hybrid system battery and hydrogen system are calculated.

Building Distributed Energy Performance Optimization for China: A Regional Analysis of Building Energy Costs and CO2 Emissions[edit | edit source]

Wei Feng, Nan Zhou, Chris Marnay, Michael Stadler, Judy Lai.

This paper focuses on the regional study of chinese commercial and residential building for optimal building energy performance. To optimize each building’s performance, several distributed energy resources such as combined heat and power (CHP), photovoltaics (PV), and battery storage, are considered. Along with this solar radiation, electricity tariff, technology costs, and government financial incentives are also studied. This paper also focuses on suitable building energy technologies for different building types in different climate regions.

NOTES[edit | edit source]

  • In order to reduce CO2 emission different distributed energy resources technologies are studied.
  • Technologies include PV, solar thermal gas turbines, microturbines, fuel cell, CHP and batteries.
Methodologies[edit | edit source]
  • An optimization model, the Distributed Energy Resources Customer Adoption Model (DER-CAM) has been used in this study.
  • It can solve the entire building energy. The cost, energy use, carbon are minimized.
  • The selection of buildings which is to be studied are based on:

1) Climate zones and building energy loads 2) Solar radiation profiles for PV assessment 3) Electricity tariff 4) Natural gas tariff 5) Technology costs and financial considerations

PV System Performance[edit | edit source]
  • PV system performance vary from region to region. Also the PV peak electricity generation time varies from place to place. Annual average PV performance for several region is sgown in the graph.
Tariff and Cost and Technologies Performance[edit | edit source]
  • The tariff details for month of July on hourly basis is shown in the paper.
  • The technology to be used depends upon cost and technology performance. Several technology cost data have been provided in the paper.
  • GHG emission reduction by different technologies are shown.
  • CHP technology can be used for heating and cooling. CHP contributes to reduction in GHG emissions.
Conclusion[edit | edit source]
  • In order to reduce GHG emission DER technologies are used. The CHP unit is the major contributor for reduction in GHG emission.

A Smart battery assisted by a CHP to meet the power and energy demand in a PV powered house.[edit | edit source]

The purpose of this paper is to turn grid connected PV into independent of the grid which can be done through the smart battery which includes battery management unit and converter. In order to reduce the size of the battery the CHP unit is used along with the battery and fulfill the heat demand durind winter season. This paper integrates the Smart Battery and a single phase CHP to provide the energy requirements all year around.

NOTES[edit | edit source]

  • PV along with CHP are also increasing due to their high efficiency.
Photovoltaic energy generation[edit | edit source]
  • The PV almost fulfills 80% of the electrical energy. If there is excess energy it can be stored in the batteries which can be used during shortage of electrical demand.
  • The battery energy storage to store seasonal fluctuation for self consumption use is not feasible. Thus, combination of battery with CHP is used in order to fulfill the demand and to increase the efficiency.
  • For designing three main parameter are considered :

1. The yearly energy consumed by the consumer.

2. The seasonal energy demands required.

3. The maximum instantaneous power demand.

  • The CHP unit can fulfill the electricity and heat demand during winters.
  • The PV can supply energy during the day time. Whenever there is shortage of energy it is supplied either by battery or CHP unit or both.
  • The energy can be fed into the battery when the load demand is not to high.
System Efficiency Considerations[edit | edit source]
  • The efficiency of battery is around 80% and the efficiency of the CHP is around 90-92%.
  • Important note:

1. The CHP should run at the optimum power and any excess electricity and heat should be stored or consumed.

2. In each voltage conversion 8 to 10% of energy is lost

3. Storing energy in the battery would mean a loss of 20%

4. The maximum PV energy should be harvested at all times.

  • The difference in efficiency from PV to load is shown in the paper.
Experiment Setup[edit | edit source]
  • Grid connected inverter, CHP unit, Lead acid battery and variable load.
  • The battery acts as the heart of the system as it has to manage the flow of the energy. '
Conclusion[edit | edit source]
  • The better battery storage plan plays an important role for optimum performance and high efficiency.

Enhancing cost-efficiency of residential battery systems (RBS) in conjunction with PV, micro-CHP, and balancing power provision[edit | edit source]

This paper focuses on modelling of the three systems in order to find out their economical feasibility and efficiency. The PV, the RBS could be connected to a micro-CHP (combined heat and power) unit, a residential heating unit with co-generation of electricity.

NOTES[edit | edit source]

  • The micro-CHP produces electricity as an inexpensive side-product that can be stored for consumption as and when required.
Methods[edit | edit source]
  • Three models considered are:

1) Advanced RBS/PV model: Time interval for loads and generation profiles were evaluated. This were measured and generated based on weather data.

2) RBS/micro-CHP model: Simulation of micro CHP with RBS was implemented. Micro-CHP (peak loads during winter time) can complement PV systems (peak generation during summer time), hence optimizing the RBS usage.

3) RBS/balancing power model: Battery is used to supply power when there is shortage of energy from the CHP and PV system.

Results[edit | edit source]
  • PV and micro-CHP are well suited for the complementary use of the RBS – PV generation peaks in summer time, micro-CHP in winter time which will enhance the system’s cost-efficiency.
  • Combining PV and micro-CHP with one RBS appears to be feasible and economically promising.

Technical and economic feasibility study of using Micro CHP in the different climate zones of Iran[edit | edit source]

Fatemeh Teymouri Hamzehkolaei , Sourena Sattari

This paper focuses on technical and economic studies for the use of Micro CHP in the different climate zones are executed. The economic model was used for, both annual energy savings and percentage of system profitability in each zone are calculated as well as reduction in annual emissions. The analysis indicates that profitability of Micro CHP systems are sensitive to energy prices, as well as hours needed for heating room in each climate zones.

NOTES[edit | edit source]

  • Cogeneration generates the electricity and the heat simultaneously.
  • The micro CHP generates waste heat which is utilized for space heating and hot domestic water.
  • CHP can help to obtain higher efficiency, low costs and reduction of GHG emissions.
  • Knowledge about energy end use loads is important for selecting an appropriate residential CHP system depending on electrical as well as thermal energy demand.
  • Knowledge about the climatic condition of the area is important before installing CHP unit.
Methodology[edit | edit source]
  • The system consists of CHP unit and the storage tank. The CHP plant is driven by natural gas. The primary function of CHP is used to meet the thermal demand and then the electrical demand.
  • The CHP is used to meet the thermal demand if it exceeds it is stored in the storage tank. If the electricity generated is in excess it is either supplied to the grid or stored in the battery.
  • The investigated electricity and thermal loads, energy (both electricity and city gas) prices, as well as Micro CHP performance characteristics, a pre-developed plan and evaluation model is employed .
Equation description[edit | edit source]
  • In order to operate CHP in a efficient way local conditions, energy requirements , technical information and financial information are need to be taken into consideration.
  • The economic model is used to calculate annual energy saving and annual CO2 emissions in different zones.
  • The average thermal power output of Micro CHP system, is the ratio of annual heat load for space heating and hot water divided by the hours needed for heating and hot water.
  • The total amount of electricity generated during the year by CHP system is calculated with electrical rated capacity of CHP plant multiplied by the annual operation hours.
  • Cost saving is ratio of annual energy cost on conventional system and micro-CHP system.
  • The annual running cost the CHP unit is calculated which depends on fuel as well as maintenance cost.
  • If the electrical energy so generated by the CHp system is greater then the required demand then the excess energy is fed into the grid. This also considered while calculating the cost of saving.
Conclusion[edit | edit source]
  • The installation of CHP results in the greater economic merit. It helps in increasing the efficiency and reduction of GHG emission. It also helps in energy saving.

Energy flow management of a hybrid renewable energy system with hydrogen[edit | edit source]

Ekkehard Boggascha, Mark Rylattb, Andrew Wright

This paper presents a preliminary study on a hybrid renewable energy system at the Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences Wolfenbüttel, Germany. The test-bed is made up of solar photovoltaics (PV), amicro wind turbine (MWT), a micro-CHP, a fuel cell system (FC), and two storage devices (a battery system and an electrolyzer).

NOTES[edit | edit source]

  • Batteries are used for storage of energy. In order to store surplus renewable electric energy for a longer period would be to convert it into hydrogen by

using an electrolyzer.

  • If the hydrogen is produced from renewable sources and used in fuel cells it would be a clean and reliable energy source.
  • MATLAB/Simulink model of a hybrid renewable energy system with hydrogen is introduced in this paper.
Experimental Setup[edit | edit source]
  • It consists of the PV array with adjust tilt angle, micro wind turbine, fuel cell system, CHP unit, two storage devices to store electricity into three phase battery system.
  • The energy management system consists of three statecharts for the battery, hydrogen, and CHP control are as follows:

If there is surplus energy it is stored in the battery. If the battery is full, energy is stored as hydrogen . When both the storage are full it is exported to the grid.