Techno Economic Feasibility of Energy Supply of Tower Communication Systems in Palestine by PV-Hybrid system

Discussion Committee: 
Dr. Imad Ibrik / Supervisor
Dr. Samer Alsadi / External Examiner
Dr. Waleed Al Kokhon
Dr. Imad Ibrik / Supervisor
Firas Shaher Hassan Snoubar
This thesis investigates the techno-economical analysis of using PV system for electrification of remote communication towers in Jawwal company in the West Bank, design and simulation of Solar hybrid power generation system connected to the tower loads .This hybrid system consists of photovoltaic system, diesel generator , power flow controller, power electronic converter and the tower loads. The main strategy of the system will be if there is enough energy from the sun , the load demands can be supplied from these sources. Whenever there is excess supply from the renewable energy sources, the energy will storage in special batteries. If either the available power from the solar panels cannot satisfy the load demand, the generator can meet the excess power demand. The main objective is to estimate the economical and environmental impact of using solar PV -hybrid system instead of diesel generators, estimated for both running and fixed costs. A PV system with a capacity of around 8-10 KW peak power has analyzed to implemented in four towers locations in remote areas, where Jawwal still using a diesel generators as a main source for electrification of these communication towers, requires a total investment of about $ (US) 50 thousand and the cost of electricity comes out as $ (US) 0.63/ kWh with an interest rate of 10% , comparing with average cost around $ (US) 1.15/ kWh from the existing diesel generators. The related environmental impacts are discussed from the sustainable development point of view, the using of PV solar energy systems in four mentioned locations it can be saved around 53,000 kg co2, which is emphasize on the future role of renewable energy sources in Palestine.
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