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


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, October 22, 2009 - October 23, 2009, 2009-03-04, Montreal, QC. IEEE Computer Society, pp. 1-6.

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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.


Item Type Conference or Workshop Items (UNSPECIFIED)
CreatorsLoeser, M.and Redfern, M. A.
DepartmentsFaculty of Engineering & Design > Electronic & Electrical Engineering
Research CentresCentre for Sustainable Power Distribution
ID Code18869
Additional Information2009 IEEE Electrical Power and Energy Conference, EPEC 2009. 22-23 October 2009. Montreal, Canada.


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