oa Interim : Interdisciplinary Journal - Techno-economic analysis of an off-grid micro-hydrokinetic river system for remote rural electrification
|Article Title||Techno-economic analysis of an off-grid micro-hydrokinetic river system for remote rural electrification|
|© Publisher:||Central University of Technology, Free State|
|Journal||Interim : Interdisciplinary Journal|
|Author||S.P. Koko, K. Kusakana and H.J. Vermaak|
|Publication Date||Jan 2013|
|Pages||116 - 129|
|Keyword(s)||Hydrokinetic river system, Rural electrification, System Modelling, Techno-economic analysis and Test prototype|
This study investigates the use of off-grid micro-hydrokinetic river system as a cost-effective and sustainable electricity supply option for remote rural residents in close proximity to flowing water and not having access to grid electricity. This hydrokinetic technology is still in the development stage and there is a lack of application especially in rural areas with reasonable water resource. This study will present the economic and environmental benefits of the proposed system. A mathematical model is developed to simulate the system performance as submitted to different solicitations. A test prototype will also be used in order to validate the simulation results.
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