Design of Mini Grid for SHP Plants

Authors

  • S. N. Singh Alternate Hydro Energy Center, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (India)
  • M. P. Sharma Alternate Hydro Energy Center, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (India)
  • Ajit Singh Alternate Hydro Energy Center, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (India)

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/hn.v7i0.4235

Keywords:

Small Hydropower Project (SHP) station, Mini-grid, Remote rural areas, Break Even Point, India

Abstract

The supply of power to remote rural areas in India from Small Hydropower Projects (SHP)/renewable en-ergy power projects in cost effective and sustainable manner requires the optimum design of mini-grids. The present paper deals with the design of mini grids of nine SHP plants presently running in isolated mode only for 8 hrs/day wasting the energy of 16 hrs/day. Based on system layouts, transmission routing, line length and selection of conduc-tor, 5 different alternates of mini-grids were developed to connect these SHPs together as well as with the nearby 33 kV grid substations located at approximately 15, 17 and 9 km from nearby SHPs in order to improve the load factor. The optimization of these alternates on the basis of the Break Even Point (BEP) has indicated that Alternate-V has been found as optimum alternative for the study area with shortest line length, low line losses and minimum capital investment for the mini-grid implementation.

Key words: Small Hydropower Project (SHP) station; Mini-grid; Remote rural areas; Break Even Point; India

DOI: 10.3126/hn.v7i0.4235

Hydro Nepal

Journal of Water, Energy and Environment

Vol 7, July, 2010

Page: 38-47

Uploaded date: 31 January, 2011

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Author Biographies

S. N. Singh, Alternate Hydro Energy Center, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (India)

Senior Scientifc Offcer at Alternate Hydro Energy Center, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (India), as Electrical Engineer since 1983. His area of research is modeling of induction generators, development of electronic load controller and design of T&D lines.

M. P. Sharma, Alternate Hydro Energy Center, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (India)

Associate Professor at Alternate Hydro Energy Center, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (India), since the last 25 years. His area of research are renewable energy with special reference to Modeling of IRES, Hybrid Energy Systems, induction generators, EIA of renewable energy projects, Energy and Environment conservation, conservation of water bodies, water quality assessment, bio-diesel production and utilization.

Ajit Singh, Alternate Hydro Energy Center, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (India)

Completed his Masters of Technology
degree in Alternate Hydro Energy Systems with special
reference to development of mini grids for remote area.

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Singh, S. N., Sharma, M. P., & Singh, A. (2011). Design of Mini Grid for SHP Plants. Hydro Nepal: Journal of Water, Energy and Environment, 7, 38–47. https://doi.org/10.3126/hn.v7i0.4235

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