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JOCET 2018 Vol.6(6): 385-393 ISSN: 1793-821X
DOI: 10.18178/JOCET.2018.6.6.495

Sizing of A Large Isolated Solar Energy System for Bani Walid, Libya

Fathi Mosbah and Tariq Iqbal
Abstract—According to energy data from the General Electricity Company of Libya, electricity demand in Libya is growing at an annual rate of around 9%. An increasing number of power generators are therefore needed to meet both the current and projected growth in electricity demand and prevent power outages. In this paper, available renewable energy sources in Bani Walid, Libya, are studied, with the aim to design a hybrid power system for the region. HOMER (hybrid optimization model for multiple energy resources) software is used to perform financial calculations and simulation analyses. The components of the system include generator sets, photovoltaic (PV) modules, and an energy storage system. The average load in 2015 was 35.98 MW, with a peak load of 85 MW. Optimization results indicate the viability of a large-scale 76.8MW PV system. At the same time, Hoppecke 26 OPzS batteries for energy storage can provide reliable power in the Bani Walid area. The system design and location are studied in detail, with the results presented in this paper. The proposed large PV system with battery storage could easily be implemented in Libya as well as in neighboring countries.

Index Terms—Renewable energy, PV systems, hybrid power systems, electricity production in Libya, data collection, system sizing.

The authors are with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Memorial University, Canada (e-mail: fsmm27@mun.ca).

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Cite: Fathi Mosbah and Tariq Iqbal, "Sizing of A Large Isolated Solar Energy System for Bani Walid, Libya," Journal of Clean Energy Technologies vol. 6, no. 6, pp. 385-393, 2018.

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