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Design, Optimization and Feasibility Assessment of Hybrid Power Systems Based on Renewable Energy Resources: A Future Concept Case Study of Remote Ski Centers in Herzegovina Region

  • Said ĆosićEmail author
  • Ajla Merzić
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems book series (LNNS, volume 59)

Abstract

One of the key needs of the modern world, considering the pace and extent of technological advancement and its dependence on electrical energy, is the requirement for secure and reliable electricity supply to all people. Providing constant, reliable and accessible electricity supply has been a major challenge for decades, especially for remotely-located areas whose electrical loads are tremendously difficult to be met because of geographical isolation and sparse population. In a hilly and mountainous country like Bosnia and Herzegovina, which is full of isolated power consumers, this becomes an even greater issue. Moreover, connecting these loads to a grid requires significant infrastructural investments, and vastly increases grid losses in the transmission process. One of the most tangible actions that can help to ensure an affordable, stable and environmentally sensitive energy by overcoming the intermittent nature of renewable energy sources, is the concept of hybrid power systems. This paper offers an analysis of a hybrid power system that serves the load profile of a ski center situated in the northern Herzegovina region. The paper uses quantitative methods of simulation, optimization and sensitivity analysis using HOMER (hybrid optimization model for electric renewable) software, to evaluate the economic feasibility and optimal electrical configuration of the desired off-grid power system, considering the availability of sun and wind resources on the site. The analyses have shown that the proposed model is sustainable, environmentally friendly and economically viable. Furthermore, this paper aims to establish a profound basis for the future infrastructure improvements that can be derived in further researches to optimize power system configuration to suit more load, or to include an estimation of a grid-connected load which serves the excess electricity back to the grid.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Department of Electrical and Electronics EngineeringInternational University of SarajevoSarajevoBosnia and Herzegovina
  2. 2.Department for Strategic DevelopmentPublic Enterprise Elektroprivreda of Bosnia and HerzegovinaSarajevoBosnia and Herzegovina

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