Hybrid PV-Diesel Energy Systems Planning for Beginners


Instructor: Mathy Mpassy Isinki

Subjects: Solar: Design and Installation

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Hybrid PV systems are designed to increase the reliability of solar. In hybrid PV systems, the most used conventional source is a diesel generator. The benefit of integration of photovoltaic energy with conventional fossil fuel based generator is that the weakness of solar are complemented by the strength of the generator and conversely. Solar resource, as all other renewable source of energy, is variable in nature; it’s can’t all the time and everywhere be reliable. A generator which can locally produce enough power to supply the load makes hybrid systems more reliable.

Hybrid PV systems are suitable for off grid or unreliable grid areas, they are the best solution:

*Where a generator could be used 24h/7;
*When the effective cost of fuel at the point of consumption, including transportation and storage, exceed one dollar per liter;
*Where there is willingness to save operational expenditure or to reduce on CO2 emissions and going green.

This short course provides a quick recap of Solar PV basics and then walk you through the main planning steps of a Diesel - PV hybrid system.

At the end of the course, you will be able to:

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Mathy Mpassy Isinki

Founder, Energy One Africa

Mathy is the founder of Energy One Africa, a company founded with the goal of giving energy access to underserved low income consumers via pay-as-you-go. Energy One Africa's subscribers own a solar lamp after its full payment through small increments equivalent to their current kerosene lighting expense. Energy One Africa plans to reach 33000 subscribers in the rural...[more]

Course Outline

Hybrid PV- diesel energy systems planning basics

  • Solar PV Basics (Download .pdf)
  • Load estimate (Video - 06:18 minutes)
  • Load profile (Video - 02:42 minutes)
  • Energy efficiency (Video - 02:22 minutes)
  • Sizing the PV array (Video - 03:23 minutes)
  • Diesel generators (Video - 03:22 minutes)
  • Selecting the generator (Video - 01:02 minutes)
  • Energy storage (Video - 02:26 minutes)
  • Sizing the battery bank (Text)
  • Inverter (Video - 02:37 minutes)
  • Specifying the inverter (Video - 01:14 minutes)
  • Hybrid PV-diesel energy systems planning (Download .pdf)

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