Design combined heat and power microgrids

Michael Zachar, Milana Trifkovic, Prodromos Daoutidis

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Abstract

This paper deals with the design of community-scale microgrids. A generic system is considered consisting of solar photovoltaics, wind turbine, microturbine, battery array, and electric boiler. The microgrid is grid-connected and designed to supply both heat and power. It is constrained to meet 100% of the energy demand. An optimal design is found to minimize the cost of energy supply over a 20 year lifespan. The optimal design is analysed with respect to technology cost and environmental policy in the form of CO2 taxation. Use of combined heat and power is found to lower cost of energy supply in all cases. CO2 taxation is found to be ineffective in promoting greener power supply for this system unless coupled with reductions in renewable technology cost.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationComputer Aided Chemical Engineering
PublisherElsevier B.V.
Pages657-662
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

Publication series

NameComputer Aided Chemical Engineering
Volume34
ISSN (Print)1570-7946

Keywords

  • Combined heat and power
  • Distributed generation
  • Renewable power

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