Australian Microgrids Centre of Excellence (AMCOE) is proud to announce its pro bono project to design a hybrid renewable energy and diesel generator microgrid for the Tjuntjuntjara community in Western Australia was captured in the “Comparison of techno-economic optimisation models for rural hybrid microgrid design” paper published in the 2022 IEEE Sustainable Power and Energy Conference (iSPEC) in Perth, Western Australia. The paper was written by Stuart Bird, Julius Susanto, and Farhad Shahnia, from the School of Engineering and Information Technology, Murdoch University in Perth, Australia.
The study investigates HOMER and XENDEE, two techno-economic optimisation models, to look at the design of a rural hybrid microgrid. In order to compare the outcomes of the two programs, these programs use two different methodologies- one uses an evolutionary simulation algorithm and the other uses linear programming. The optimisation final results from both programs are found to be very similar, however, a key difference identified is how each program handles the time-sequential nature of the demand profile and renewable energy resources.
Mr. Terry Mohn, Chairperson of AMCOE, was able to secure free licenses from XENDEE for Murdoch University to support the study. AMCOE is proud to have been a part of this study since the Tjuntjuntjara community microgrid project is an example of how hybrid renewable energy and diesel generator systems can be utilised to provide a reliable and sustainable energy source for remote communities.
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