Autonomous Wind–PV Hybrid Electrical Generation: A Case Study for RAS Muneef Village in Jordan
Jordan does not produce oil or gas, this make Jordan depends totally on imported oil for producing its required energy. And with the continuing petroleum and coal depletion the costs increases, as a consequence a high petroleum bill is to be paid by the country every year. This paper presents a suggested design of an arid mountainian village situated in Ras Muneef (Ajloun-Jordan), that can be supplied by hybrid wind-photovoltaic renewable electrical power system. After selecting the location, a study and analysis for system sizing and optimization was performed using the graphical method, and the sizing curves were built by the introduction of a ratio called the Wind/PV ratio which describes the power sharing between the wind and PV systems, it has been found that the production cost of the hybrid energy system composed of 81 wind turbines rated at 100 kW and 20347 PV panels 300 Wp each with two days of autonomy with all of the associated components is $0.082 / kWh which is a competent cost. The paper also presents a simulation of the elements of the system using Matlab Simulink and a sizing program was designed to apply the graphical algorithm used in the sizing optimization process.
Keywords - Autonomous energy system; wind–PV system; hybrid electrical generation; Jordan