Solar energy to mitigate electrical diurnal peak demand in Queensland

Kamel, Fouad (2009) Solar energy to mitigate electrical diurnal peak demand in Queensland. In: 47th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Solar Energy Society (Solar09), 29 Sep - 2 Oct 2009, Townsville, Australia.

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Abstract

This research is handling the contribution photovoltaic (PV) and solar water heaters (SWH) might offer to mitigate peak electrical demands in Queensland. Given, heavy electricity peak demands manifested in strong electricity price fluctuations, with a range from $20/MWh to more than $2000/MWh for short period, it is generally accepted that electricity peak demand must be satisfied at a particularly elevated energy cost. High demand in Queensland for air-conditioning and industrial activities makes solar energy contribution not only viable, but also economical. Besides covering demand peaks, the solar system – being located on site – offers the advantage of avoiding transmission losses and voltage drops throughout the network. Life-time cost calculations for solar kWh indicate the ability of the solar system to provide competitive prices to cover demand peaks. The project incorporates a 1kW (peak-power) grid-connected photovoltaic and a 1.37m2 (collector area) -120Litre (storage tank) evacuated tube solar water heater SWH unit. The results quantify the power able to be waived by using solar systems in Qld.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Deposited with permission of publisher. www.anzses.org
Depositing User: Dr Fouad Kamel
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2010 05:19
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:25
Uncontrolled Keywords: solar energy; electrical energy generation and distribution; evacuated tubes solar water heaters; peak demand; photovoltaic; solar water heaters
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090607 Power and Energy Systems Engineering (excl. Renewable Power)
09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090605 Photodetectors, Optical Sensors and Solar Cells
09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090608 Renewable Power and Energy Systems Engineering (excl. Solar Cells)
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): B Economic Development > 85 Energy > 8505 Renewable Energy > 850504 Solar-Photovoltaic Energy
B Economic Development > 85 Energy > 8505 Renewable Energy > 850506 Solar-Thermal Energy
B Economic Development > 85 Energy > 8505 Renewable Energy > 850505 Solar-Thermal Electric Energy
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/5818

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