A Distributed Renewable Energy System Providing 100% of Power Demand in Humboldt County: A Feasibility Study
The title for this post is the title for my MS thesis. The abstract follows:
A model for the creation of a distributed power generation system based on renew-
able energy sources while using existing fossil fuel sources to cover for power deficits
is proposed. Available renewable sources are modeled using stochastic processes to
describe their highly variant natures. Available non–renewable resources (e.g. captial,
fossil fuels) are inputs. The model will output a building schedule and timeline for
renewable based power generators optimizing for minimum cost and maximum energy
from renewable sources ending with 100% of power generated by renewable sources.
Using real data for Humboldt County, the model will show that such a system is fea-
sible and will describe how much it would cost to build and when it would be finished
given different starting scenarios.
Well the above abstract is interesting because I wrote it so long ago. Let me give a clearer version of that abstract now:
A model for the creation of a distributed power generation system based only on renewable energy sources is proposed. Solar, wind, and wave energy provide the bulk of generation while biomass covers for intermittence. Using local hourly data for one year, the model assumes a new transmission system has replaced the current aging infrastructure. Using real data for Humboldt County, the model shows that such a system is feasible and describes several possible functional scenarios under which such a system could exist.
Still needs more polish.