Planning Hybrid Photovoltaic-Diesel Energy Systems

Learn to plan off grid power systems combining solar electric and diesel generators
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  • Length 1 hour
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  • Languages English
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Published 2/2016 English

Course Description

It is now proven that solar energy is more reliable when combined with other sources of energy. This course teaches the steps to follow in planning hybrid energy systems combining solar and diesel generators.

The course start with an introduction where the understanding of energy is fixed and hybrid energy systems defined; the course then continue with addressing the issue of load before describing the working principle and the sizing process of each of the component of hybrid diesel- photovoltaic energy systems. The course ends in presenting design and optimization tool and discussing the benefits of hybrid systems.

What are the requirements?

  • You don't need any prior knowledge before starting "Planning Hybrid Photovoltaic/ Diesel Energy Systems"; the course intends to be self contained and comes with plenty of resources to fill the gaps where they might appear. The only requirement to take this course is a genuine interest in off grid electrification and willingness to learn.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • At the end of the course, students will be able to plan off grid power plants combining solar electric and diesel generators

What is the target audience?

  • The course "Planning Hybrid Photovoltaic-Diesel Energy Systems" is ideal for technicians, engineers,entrepreneurs, NGO's staff and any one operating or wishing to operate in the off grid electric sector.

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
06:17

In this lecture, energy is defined and the law of conservation of energy explained. The lecture also address different energy carrier and state the difference between renewable and non-renewable sources of energy. Further in the lecture, solar energy and photovoltaic conversion are introduced as well as its impact on the social and economic development of the population living of the grid.

03:38

This lecture describes the general principle of the integration of renewable and non renewable energy within a single system. The particular case of solar photovoltaic energy and diesel generator is introduced.

1 page

These case studies are an excerpt of the brochure "Hybrid Systems" published by the Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE)

7 pages

Case study of a micro-grid combining PV and diesel generator in Nyumbani Village, Kenya

Section 2: Understanding the load
06:18

This lecture describes how load estimate should be undertaken and provide load profile tips both for systems supplying single users and systems supplying an entire village. The lecture proposes typical sources for each load pattern.

02:42

In this lecture typical rural villages load profile is described; their daily energy consumption is subdivided in small patterns and the lecture addresses the impact of the consumption patterns on the power generation sources with a particular focus on diesel generators.

02:22

In this lecture, we define energy efficiency and explain how lower energy consumption could influence the power generation capacity and the system's cost. The respective role of the technician and the project in energy efficiency promotion are also addressed.

Section 3: Sizing the PV array
Solar PV Basics
Article
03:23

This lecture present a simple and step by step approach for sizing a PV array.

Section 4: Selecting the generator
03:22

This lecture covers the working principle of generators; their selection criteria and the factors influencing their power output quality. Further, a comparison is made between diesel generators and PV array.

01:02

This lecture present the factors that should guide the diesel generator selection for hybrid systems applications.

Section 5: Sizing the battery bank
02:26

In this lecture, we discuss different types of batteries used for energy storage in off grid solar applications. Batteries selection criteria are also adressed

Sizing the Battery Bank
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Section 6: Specifying the inverter
02:37

In this lecture, we describe the functionalities of inverters in hybrid off grid applications. The multifunctional inverter for mini-grid application is introduced; the difference between multifunctional off grid inverter and grid tie inverter is established and we give a picture of the ideal multifunctional inverter.

01:14

This lecture explain which values should be used for specifying an inverter.

Reading: Hybrid Mini-Grids for Rural Electrification
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Section 7: Conclusion
01:52

In this lecture, we classify off grid solar software tools in three categories, sizing; simulation and micro-grid design. We explain how each the three category works

03:21

This lecture explains how by putting together the strength of generators and PV array hybrid photovoltaic/ diesel generator energy systems minimize weaknesses and become more reliable and cost effective energy solutions than generator alone or standalone photovoltaic system.

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Instructor Biography

Mathy Mpassy Isinki, Off Grid Energy Solutions Professional

IEEE Smart Village Ambassador, accomplished off grid energy solutions business and technical sales professional technically competent in the applications and installation of off grid photovoltaic systems, as well as in hybrid energy solutions combining diesel generators and solar. 

In addition to providing solutions design; customers development and project management services to the off grid solar industry, Mathy contributes to better energy solutions through training, with the vision of building a better future for under-served communities in off grid locations. 



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