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Technical Evaluation of a PV-Diesel Hybrid System with Energy Storage: Case Study in the Tapajós-Arapiuns Extractive Reserve, Amazon, Brazil

LESF Laboratory of Energy and Photovoltaic Systems, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Campinas, Albert Einstein Avenue, 400, Campinas 13083-970, Brazil
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This paper is an extended version of our paper published in 2019 IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies Conference—Latin America (ISGT Latin America), Gramado, Brazil, 15–18 September 2019; pp. 1–6, doi:10.1109/ISGT-LA.2019.8895273
These authors contributed equally to this work.
Energies 2020, 13(11), 2969; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13112969
Received: 8 May 2020 / Revised: 3 June 2020 / Accepted: 4 June 2020 / Published: 9 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Solar Energy and Photovoltaic Systems)
In 2018 the number of people without access to electricity dropped to less than 1 billion. However, the difficulty of serving these people became higher, as the locations are in the most remote areas of the world. Brazil, for example, needs to bring electricity to around 1 million people who, in the vast majority, live within the Amazon region. In this way, hybrid energy systems (HESs) count as an attractive alternative for power generation, especially in remote areas. Therefore, this article analyzes a case study of a hybrid photovoltaic-diesel system installed in the Tapajós-Arapiuns Extractive Reserve in the Brazilian Amazon region. The studied plant is composed of a photovoltaic (PV) system, a lead-acid electrochemical battery bank, a diesel generator, and electro-electronic loads with highly variable demand throughout the year. The HOMER PRO software is used as the simulation tool. The results show that the load following dispatch strategy is the best option, with 85.6% of the load demand being supplied by PV energy and only 14.4% by the diesel generator set. As a result, the system is technically feasible to be replicated as a reliable energy source in other areas of the reserve to supply schools, public health places, and other community services. View Full-Text
Keywords: hybrid energy system; photovoltaic; wind; diesel generator; Amazon; remote areas hybrid energy system; photovoltaic; wind; diesel generator; Amazon; remote areas
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Costa, T.S.; Villalva, M.G. Technical Evaluation of a PV-Diesel Hybrid System with Energy Storage: Case Study in the Tapajós-Arapiuns Extractive Reserve, Amazon, Brazil. Energies 2020, 13, 2969. https://doi.org/10.3390/en13112969

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Costa TS, Villalva MG. Technical Evaluation of a PV-Diesel Hybrid System with Energy Storage: Case Study in the Tapajós-Arapiuns Extractive Reserve, Amazon, Brazil. Energies. 2020; 13(11):2969. https://doi.org/10.3390/en13112969

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Costa, Tatiane S.; Villalva, Marcelo G. 2020. "Technical Evaluation of a PV-Diesel Hybrid System with Energy Storage: Case Study in the Tapajós-Arapiuns Extractive Reserve, Amazon, Brazil" Energies 13, no. 11: 2969. https://doi.org/10.3390/en13112969

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