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dc.contributor.advisorZamora, Ramon
dc.contributor.authorAlghamdi, Abdulrahim Hamed S
dc.date.accessioned2019-03-05T23:26:44Z
dc.date.available2019-03-05T23:26:44Z
dc.date.copyright2019
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10292/12314
dc.description.abstractAn increase in energy demand is a consequence of the world’s population growth. Hence, more energy supply is needed to meet the demand. Fossil based energy can run out as well as cause air pollution. Consequently, this thesis investigates the feasibility of involving PVs in a grid with diesel backup generator to reduce reliance on conventional energy as well as decreasing air pollutants (CO2, SO2 and NOx) for a hospital building in Dammam. It also optimises the grid-connected PV system in terms of levelized cost of energy (LCOE), net present cost (NPC) and operating costs while verifying the effect of the grid power interruptions on the system costs. Moreover, energy sellback rates from the excess energy coming from PVs to the grid is included. HOMER Pro and MATLAB software were used to optimise both systems as HOMER Pro provided the ability to design, simulate and optimise power generation systems, and the ability to choose different type of control for any modelled systems. MATLAB was used to design a customised control strategy and linked to HOMER through MATLAB Link (ML) strategy for optimising both systems and compared it with built-in dispatch in HOMER Pro called Cycle Charging (CC). Using the project lifetime of 25 year in HOMER, the results reveal that ML strategy provides the optimum solution for the grid-connected PV system when the grid power outage occurs twice a year and with 5% sellback rate higher than the grid energy price as the LCOE is 0.05701 $/kWh, total NPC is $8,288,628.00 and annual operating costs are 156,658.00 $/year. The proposed system also results in huge reduction of all pollutants that ranges from 69.75% to 69.84%. To conclude, the results of the analysis of both systems show that the grid-connected PV system is a feasible regardless of the costly initial costs of PVs.en_NZ
dc.language.isoenen_NZ
dc.publisherAuckland University of Technology
dc.subjectHOMERen_NZ
dc.subjectEnergyen_NZ
dc.subjectRenewable Energyen_NZ
dc.subjectConventional Energyen_NZ
dc.subjectPower Generationen_NZ
dc.subjectMATLABen_NZ
dc.subjectControl Strategyen_NZ
dc.subjectEnergy Managementen_NZ
dc.subjectEnergy Control Methoden_NZ
dc.subjectHospital Buildingen_NZ
dc.subjectTechnical Analysisen_NZ
dc.subjectEconomic Analysisen_NZ
dc.subjectTechnical and Economic Analysis of Solar Energyen_NZ
dc.subjectSolar Energyen_NZ
dc.subjectPVen_NZ
dc.subjectPhotovoltaicen_NZ
dc.subjectSustainable Energyen_NZ
dc.subjectOptimisationen_NZ
dc.subjectOptimizationen_NZ
dc.subjectGrid-connected PV systemen_NZ
dc.subjectGrid-connecteden_NZ
dc.subjectrooftop PV systemen_NZ
dc.subjectHOMER Softwareen_NZ
dc.subjectCost Optimisation for Power Generationen_NZ
dc.subjectCost Optimization for Power Generationen_NZ
dc.subjectCost Optimisationen_NZ
dc.subjectCost Optimizationen_NZ
dc.subjectCost Reductionen_NZ
dc.titleTechnical and Economic Analysis of Solar Energy Application for a Hospital Building in Dammam, Saudi Arabiaen_NZ
dc.typeThesisen_NZ
thesis.degree.grantorAuckland University of Technology
thesis.degree.levelMasters Theses
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Engineeringen_NZ
dc.rights.accessrightsOpenAccess
dc.date.updated2019-03-05T02:25:35Z


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