Title: Detailed Evaluation of Renewable Energy Power System Operation: a Summary of the European Union Hybrid Power System Component Benchmarking Project
Authors: BARING-GOULD IanPERUJO MATEOS DEL PARQUE ADOLFOWENZL HeizKAISER RudiWILMOT NigelMATTERA FrancoisTSELEPIS StathiosNIEUWENHOUT FranzRODRIGUES CarlosRUDDELL AlanLUNDSAGER PerBINDNER HenrikCRONIN TomSVEBODA VojtechMANWELL Jim
Citation: WINDPOWER 2005 vol. 2005 p. 1-24
Publication Year: 2005
JRC N°: JRC32315
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC32315
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Hybrid renewable energy systems (RES’s) are unique among energy supply systems because their performance and design depends entirely on the location and climatic conditions. A system optimized for an application in one location may be inadequate in another location, even if the application and user requirements are identical. Additionally, it is quite difficult to choose between different power system components (batteries, for example) because performance and life change dramatically based on the use profile that the component will experience. Currently, initial cost and basic performance are the only measures available to select among many similar components, although the true impact on system operation can be pronounced. This paper describes the results of the European Union (EU) Benchmarking Project, a 3-year, multi-agency research project to improve the design of renewable-based hybrid power systems based on the analysis of existing systems and the benchmarking of specific system components, most critically batteries. Based on the analysis of hundreds of power systems, efforts were made to classify different categories of similar use and then determine component-specific recommendations that will allow more consistent and longer product life. Based on the classification of different use types, assessments of critical ware factors could be conducted and recommendations of appropriate component selection undertaken. The project results make it possible to match most systems to a use category, thus allowing recommendations to improve project life. This paper describes the benchmarking methodology and describes the tools produced by the benchmarking team to improve the design of hybrid power systems.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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