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A case study to determine optimal capacity of a stand-alone wind/PV/battery system

Shao, Zhonglei and Lo, Kwok Lun (2017) A case study to determine optimal capacity of a stand-alone wind/PV/battery system. Energy and Power Engineering, 9 (4B). pp. 300-307. ISSN 1949-243X

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In this paper, a stand-alone hybrid microgrid consisting of wind turbines, photovoltaic (PV) arrays and storage battery banks is developed for use in Qinghai Province, China. With the help of Software Homer and Matlab, different variables such as annual average wind speed, annual average load demand, and annual capacity shortage are considered. The net present value is then used during an entire project lifetime for the optimization solution.