Indexed on: 09 Nov '16Published on: 08 Nov '16Published in: Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews
This paper presents a technique for the optimal planning and design of hybrid renewable energy systems for microgrid applications. The Distributed Energy Resources Customer Adoption Model (DER-CAM) is used to determine the optimal size and type of distributed energy resources (DERs) and their operating schedules for a sample utility distribution system. Using the DER-CAM results, an evaluation is performed to evaluate the electrical performance of the distribution circuit if the DERs selected by the DER-CAM optimization analyses are incorporated. Results of analyses regarding the economic benefits of utilizing the optimal locations for the selected DER within the system are also presented. The electrical network of the Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) campus is used to demonstrate the effectiveness of this approach. The results show that these technical and economic analyses of hybrid renewable energy systems are essential for the efficient utilization of renewable energy resources for microgrid applications.