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An integrated framework for techno-enviro-economic assessment in nanogrids

Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Ozyegin University, Turkey

Received: 7 Dec 2023; Revised: 16 Feb 2024; Accepted: 25 Feb 2024; Published: 1 Mar 2024.
Editor(s): H Hadiyanto
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This paper presents an integrated framework designed for capacity planning of grid-connected nanogrid, a small solar and energy storage system that can provide kilowatt-level services to individual buildings. This framework comprehensively evaluates nanogrid cost-effectiveness, sustainability, and reliability, employing a multi-faceted techno-enviro-economic assessment approach. Traditional nanogrid capacity planning often prioritizes peak load requirements, which may lack optimality owing to occasional peak load occurrences. Conversely, optimizing solely for base load requirements might also fall short of effectiveness, compromising reliability and sustainability objectives. The proposed framework employs a three-step, integrated process for nanogrid (NG) capacity planning. Firstly, the Planner module identifies optimal asset sizing considering a two-day look-ahead logic. Then, the Operator module serves as a digital twin for the system, conducting hourly calculations over a short-term horizon. Lastly, the Evaluator module evaluates technical, environmental, and economic metrics for each solution, assessing the effectiveness of asset-sizing decisions. A simulated case study has demonstrated the effectiveness of the proposed framework. The technical assessment revealed that a PV size of 24 kW and a storage capacity of 91 kWh led to the most reliable solution, with a probability of local sufficiency of 95 percent. Furthermore, the environmental assessment showcased a renewable fraction of 94% with a PV size of 26 kW and a storage of 85 kWh. Economically, the analysis identified that a PV size of 12 kW and a storage size of 24 kWh led to the minimum total cost. In contrast, a PV size of 26 kW and a storage size of 85 kWh yielded a total operating savings of $4,801.

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Keywords: Nano-grid; capacity planning; energy dispatch; sustainability; framework

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