Integration of Solar Microgrids

2019-06-10T20:29:44Z (GMT) by Matthew Steven Wilfing
The hydrocarbon combustion process used to generate electricity releases harmful levels of Carbon, Sulfur and Nitrogen Oxides into the atmosphere. The alternative to environmentally toxic hydrocarbon based fuel, is electricity generated from solar powered microgrids. Solar photovoltaic microgrids represent a clean, renewable and economically viable energy alternative to hydrocarbon based fuel. The microgrid project outlined the specifications required to the charge the battery powered material handling vehicles at General Stamping & Metalworks. The project was designed to replace utility supplied electrical power with a solar microgrid to charge three lead acid type batteries. The solar microgrid project specifies the system requirements, equipment selection and installation methodology. Operational strategies for additional photovoltaic applications within the organization are discussed. Outlined in the report are the costs of installation and return on investment. The project was designed to demonstrate a practical application of microgrids within a manufacturing environment. The goal of the project was to design and build a small scale installation to provide a proof of concept. The overarching goal was to reduce the toxic emissions produced by utility supplied electrical power by installing a solar powered microgrid. The end result of the analysis was that photovoltaic powered microgrids represent a viable energy generating system for battery powered applications. However, based on the regional utility price of .092 $/kWh, the solar installation did not meet the organizations investment acceptance criteria.