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Off-grid Hybrid Renewable Power Generation as a Vehicle for Accelerated Rural Development in Africa

Raji, Abdul-Latif G. and VanColler, John M. (2015) Off-grid Hybrid Renewable Power Generation as a Vehicle for Accelerated Rural Development in Africa. In: 2nd Covenant University Conference on African Development Issues (CU-ICADI), 11th - 13th May, 2015, Africa Leadership Development Center, Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria..

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Many rural communities in Africa located far away from transmission corridors do not enjoy electricity supply and cannot hope to be connected to their national grids in the foreseeable future. However, many among such communities have small hydro potential and moderate wind resources. In this paper, an off-grid, hybrid, wind-hydro power generation model is proposed for such communities. Candidate sites for this model would possess small hydro capacity of up to 500 kW and annual mean wind speed of 7-10 m/s at 10m hub height. The operation of an existing small, run-of-river hydro station in conjunction with a hypothetical, in-situ wind farm feeding loads typical of rural areas was simulated to demonstrate the feasibility of the scheme. Simulation results for the system operation were found to be satisfactory. It is anticipated that, with the provision of subsidy by government and/or development agencies, implementation of this model will translate into rapid economic and social transformation of numerous rural areas across Africa

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Off-grid; hybrid; renewable power generation; rural development; STATCOM; sinusoidal pulse-width modulation; EMTPATP
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Electronics and Computer Science
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2015 19:35
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2015 19:35

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