Techno-Economic Assessment of Renewable Energy-based Microgrids in the Amazon Remote Communities in Ecuador

Jean Michel Clairand, Xavier Serrano-Guerrero, Andrés González-Zumba, Guillermo Escrivá-Escrivá

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Abstract

Several remote communities have limited electricity access and are mainly dependent on environmentally damaging fossil fuels. The installation of microgrid networks and green energy initiatives are currently addressing this issue. Thus, the techno-economic assessment of a microgrid that comprises photovoltaic arrays, a micro-hydro turbine, and diesel generation is proposed herein. Two scenarios are evaluated considering the inclusion or not of diesel generation. This model is performed in HOMER. The results demonstrate that the best option in economics is to invest in a PV/hydro/diesel microgrid, resulting in an net present cost of 2.33 M$, and a cost of energy of 0.194 $ kWh−1. Furthermore, to address diesel price uncertainties, a sensitivity analysis is carried out based on three different projected diesel prices.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEnergy Technology
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

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Keywords

  • distributed energy resources
  • hydro turbines
  • microgrid planning
  • renewable energy
  • rural electrification

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