Volume 5, Issue 3, May 2020, Page: 44-52
Design and Optimisation of a Microgrid for Improved Efficiency of the Volta River Authority (Navrongo) Solar Power Plant
Anthony Simons, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa, Ghana
Otoo Henry, Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa, Ghana
Kuubeterzie Francis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa, Ghana
Cyrus Addy, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa, Ghana
Received: May 19, 2020;       Accepted: Jun. 11, 2020;       Published: Aug. 13, 2020
DOI: 10.11648/j.ajmie.20200503.12      View  307      Downloads  113
In ensuring proper energy mix and reducing the number of emissions from traditional thermal plants for power generation, the Energy Commission of Ghana built the Solar Power Plant at Navrongo. This was to help cut down the cost of crude fuel imports and also play a part in mitigating global warming which results from the continuous emission of carbon dioxide (CO2) at the thermal power. Over the years the plant has been faced with inconsistent power generation. This research paper sought to investigate the power losses at the Navrongo Volta River Authority (VRA) Solar Power Plant and come out with measures to improve its efficiency. Power production downtime and power transmission losses were identified as the major constraints of the solar power plant. General evaluation and review of the grid design and transmission system of the plant were considered and a microgrid technology was proposed to eliminate generation downtime and power transmission losses. The output of the proposed microgrid system was predicted using R-studio statistical simulations, also the plant was optimised to ascertain the gains in power generation and the merits of this system were discussed. Finally, conclusions and recommendations where made to ensure energy security and economic competitiveness of the plant.
Microgrid, Solar Power Plant, Energy Loss, Energy Output, Invertors
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Anthony Simons, Otoo Henry, Kuubeterzie Francis, Cyrus Addy, Design and Optimisation of a Microgrid for Improved Efficiency of the Volta River Authority (Navrongo) Solar Power Plant, American Journal of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. Vol. 5, No. 3, 2020, pp. 44-52. doi: 10.11648/j.ajmie.20200503.12
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