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Techno-economic evaluation of hybrid power system in rural area of Sarawak, Malaysia

Yong, C. C. and Rahman, M. M. and Faizal, H. M. and Saat, A. and Wahid, M. A. (2019) Techno-economic evaluation of hybrid power system in rural area of Sarawak, Malaysia. In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management, 23-25 Oct 2019, Toronto, Canada.


Official URL: http://ieomsociety.org/toronto2019/papers/24.pdf.


Electricity access is closely linked to social equity and economic development of a society especially among the rural communities. In this study, we explore the feasibility and potential impacts of a renewable-based hybrid power system that provides clean and affordable electricity to a rural village in Sarawak state of Malaysia. Developed through a case study methodology, this work determines and analyses the potential of natural renewable resources for power generation purpose. According to the results from the resources estimation and surveys done, renewable-based hybrid power system with solar, wind, biomass and hydro has been designed using a techno-economic optimization tool-HOMER software. The improved system also outweighs the existing diesel-fuelled system by saving 37.6 tonnes of greenhouse gases emission and having 52% lower in COE (cost of energy) and NPC (net present cost) despite there is a 6% annual capacity shortage. Based on the existing socio-economic status and the feedback from local community towards power generation issues, potential benefit of renewable-based hybrid power system on achieving sustainability and improving living standard of local community have been accomplished.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:photovoltaic, sustainability, wind
Subjects:T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Divisions:Mechanical Engineering
ID Code:91172
Deposited By: Narimah Nawil
Deposited On:21 Jun 2021 16:40
Last Modified:21 Jun 2021 16:40

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