300 kVA Three-Phase Hybrid Generator - Testing and Investigation on the Performance of a

  • Zafar, Jawwad, (Co-investigator)
  • Finney, Stephen, (Principal Investigator)

Project: ResearchKnowledge Exchange

Description

The hybrid generator (HG) technology is offered as a solution for off-grid power supply requirements in remote locations and can be used to provide power for residential, construction, telecom towers and disaster relief applications. The HG is a combination of a diesel generator (DG) and a power-electronic converter with integrated battery storage, which is promoted as leading to a significant fuel saving. In conventional generator-only applications, the diesel generator must “load follow” and therefore operates at off-optimal conditions for the vast majority of time. In the HG, the battery system alleviates the “load follow” requirement. Other benefits include no noise when operating in battery-only mode, less carbon emissions through operation of the DG at optimal conditions and use of battery, generally more efficient operation of the DG and reduced cost of ownership since the hours of operation of the diesel engine are reduced.
Wind and solar energy can be added as secondary sources to the HG. Furthermore, the unit can have an auxiliary AC input that allows charging of batteries at times (e.g. overnight) when the grid-sourced electricity may be cheaper.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date7/10/1423/01/15