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How small can micro-scale generation be? Size analysis of a novel biomass power plant


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Loeser, M. and Redfern, M. A., 2009. How small can micro-scale generation be? Size analysis of a novel biomass power plant. In: 2009 IEEE Electrical Power and Energy Conference, EPEC 2009. IEEE Computer Society, pp. 1-6.

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Abstract

In times of an ageing power grid in many developed countries and large shares of non-grid-connected areas in developing countries, alternatives to the conventional power infrastructure of centralized generation and grid distributed power become ever more important. Using locally available energy carriers for micro-scale decentralized generation could provide both energy self-sufficiency and security of supply for remote customers. From a point of view of availability, only biomass can provide ongoing power, and being a renewable energy source micro-scale biomass generation has an enormous potential to shape a new power sector. As most remote regions are sparsely populated, such a power plant must be as small as possible, whilst still providing flexible operation, robust technology and little maintenance efforts. This paper will analyze a range of feasible scales for such a plant, and it will be shown that such generation systems can feasibly be downsized to small regional levels.

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Item Type Book Sections
CreatorsLoeser, M.and Redfern, M. A.
DOI10.1109/EPEC.2009.5420901
DepartmentsFaculty of Engineering & Design > Electronic & Electrical Engineering
Research CentresCentre for Sustainable Power Distribution
StatusPublished
ID Code18869
Additional Information2009 IEEE Electrical Power and Energy Conference, EPEC 2009. 22-23 October 2009. Montreal, Canada.

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