Photovoltaic Potential Analysis - Fuel Cell Hybrid Energy System for General-Purpose Building of Laboratory and Offices Using HOMER Software

Authors

  • Sivachandran R. Perumal School of Housing, Building & Planning, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Gelugor, Penang, Malaysia
  • Faizal Baharum School of Housing, Building & Planning, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Gelugor, Penang, Malaysia
  • Mohd Nasrun Mohd Nawi School of Technology Management and Logistic, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Kedah, Malaysia
  • Mohd Faizal Omar School of Quantitative Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Kedah, Malaysia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37934/arfmts.84.2.6381

Keywords:

renewable energy, fuel cells, photovoltaic, HOMER, grid-connected, energy saving, Hybrid power systems

Abstract

This paper presents a performance analysis of the potential study in complementing grid utility supply with the renewable energy system. A general-purpose building consisting of office and laboratory facility has been chosen as a test case with a hybrid system of fuel cell and solar photovoltaic cells installed in addition to the existing grid power supply. HOMER simulation software was used to run the simulations, and the results showed that only the photovoltaic system is more economical to be integrated into the system. Cost-saving from the feed-in-tariff point of view was observed spanning over several years after the initial capital cost was returned. 

Author Biographies

Sivachandran R. Perumal, School of Housing, Building & Planning, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Gelugor, Penang, Malaysia

sivachandran@student.usm.my

Faizal Baharum, School of Housing, Building & Planning, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Gelugor, Penang, Malaysia

baharumfaizal@gmail.com

Mohd Nasrun Mohd Nawi, School of Technology Management and Logistic, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Kedah, Malaysia

mohdnasrun@gmail.com

Mohd Faizal Omar, School of Quantitative Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Kedah, Malaysia

mfaizal.omar@gmail.com

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2021-07-16

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Perumal, S. R. ., Baharum, F. ., Mohd Nawi, M. N. ., & Omar, M. F. . (2021). Photovoltaic Potential Analysis - Fuel Cell Hybrid Energy System for General-Purpose Building of Laboratory and Offices Using HOMER Software. Journal of Advanced Research in Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Sciences, 84(2), 63–81. https://doi.org/10.37934/arfmts.84.2.6381

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