Title: Simulation and Optimization of Hybrid Solar PV-Biomass Power Plant for Rural Rajasthan


Volume 8 Issue 1 Year 2018

Authors:

Prateek Malhotra

prateek1306online@gmail.com
Department of Electrical Engineering, Swami Keshvanand Institute of Technology, Management and Gramothan, Jaipur-302017 (INDIA),

Traun Naruka

ijskit@skit.ac.in
Department of Electrical Engineering, Swami Keshvanand Institute of Technology, Management and Gramothan, Jaipur-302017 (INDIA)

Pages: 5-12


Abstract:

Energy scarcity is among the biggest challenge that India is facing now-a-days. So, we are heading towards non-conventional sources of energy which are economical as well as available in ample quantity from nature. Reluctant effects of energy scarcity are clearly visible in today's era, hence there is a desperate need of sustainable energy to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels. We receive Solar energy for 5-6 hours per day and prices of Biomass
vary widely. Jointure of Solar energy with Biomass energy complements each other and provides balance to the system by overcoming individual demerits of both. Thus Hybrid Solar PV- Biomass Power Plant supllies continuous and uniform electricity. Rajasthan receives solar radiation of 6-7 kWh/m2 according to data taken from NREL(National Renewable Energy Laboratory) and is blessed with bulk surplus quantity of biomass all around. Major
biomass in Rajasthan that are used for generating electricity are Julie Flora, Guar Stalks, Cotton Stalks and Mustard Husk. The main objective is to find best configuration of Hybrid Solar PV- Biomass Plant in terms of optimum sizing Total Net Present Cost (NPC) and Cost of Energy (COE).

Keywords:
Hybrid, HOMER, NREL, NPC, COE