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Techno-Economic Performance Evaluation of Photovoltaic based Micro-Grid with Energy Management Strategies

Arvind Sharma of the Faculty of Engineering and Science at the University of Agder has submitted his thesis entitled «Techno-Economic Performance Evaluation of Photovoltaic based Micro-Grid with Energy Management Strategies» and will defend the thesis for the PhD-degree Friday 12 March 2021. (Photo: Private)

The presented results are going to be useful for promoting the solar based micro-grid within the electrical energy distribution network and ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

Arvind Sharma

PhD Candidate

The disputation will be held digitally, because of the Corona covid-19-situation. Spectators may follow the disputation digitally – link is available below.

Arvind Sharma of the Faculty of Engineering and Science at the University of Agder has submitted his thesis entitled «Techno-Economic Performance Evaluation of Photovoltaic based Micro-Grid with Energy Management Strategies» and will defend the thesis for the PhD-degree Friday 12 March 2021. 

He has followed the PhD-programme at the Faculty of Engineering and Science at the University of Agder, with spesialisation in Engineering Sciences, scientific field Renewable Energy.

The PhD work has been financially supported by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Royal Norwegian Embassy, New Delhi under the framework agreement with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), India and University of Agder (UiA), Norway for the project theme “Sustainability and Clean Energy” for period 2017 - 2020. The PhD work has been part of the project.

Summary of the Thesis by Arvind Sharma:

Techno-Economic Performance Evaluation of Photovoltaic based Micro-Grid with Energy Management Strategies

Renewable energy technologies are going to facilitate low-carbon society, and expediate local socio-economic sustainable development.

Reduces the grid dependency

The integration of solar energy based micro-grid with the electrical power network is creating opportunities for consumers to reduce the grid dependency, use of local energy sources and to participate into the energy market.

However, designing of a reliable, efficient, and economically viable solar based microgrid system should consider techno-economic sizing, energy management strategy, electrical network constraints and energy pricing for sustainable operation.

In this work, techno-economic sizing of solar photovoltaic based institutional energy system for operating as a smart micro-grid has been presented.

Ensuring access to affordable and sustainable energy

The micro-grid energy management strategies have been proposed for minimizing the energy generation cost with maximum utilization of local energy resources considering geographical parameters, local electrical network constraints and energy pricings.

Solar based micro-grid can affect the technical operation of the power network; and in this work, appropriate mitigation technique for having the operational parameters within the prescribed limits has been proposed.

Ensuring access to affordable and sustainable energy

The micro-grid energy management strategies have been proposed for minimizing the energy generation cost with maximum utilization of local energy resources considering geographical parameters, local electrical network constraints and energy pricings.

Solar based micro-grid can affect the technical operation of the power network; and in this work, appropriate mitigation technique for having the operational parameters within the prescribed limits has been proposed.

The presented results are going to be useful for promoting the solar based micro-grid within the electrical energy distribution network and ensuring access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

The PhD work is effectively contributing for achieving the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal # 7 (i.e. Affordable and Clean Energy).

Disputation facts:

The trial lecture and the public defence will take place online, via the Zoom conferencing app (link below)

Professor Henrik Kofoed Nielsen, Department of Engineering Sciences, Faculty of Engineering and Science at the University of Agder, will chair the disputation.

The trial lecture at 10:15 hours
Public defence at 12:15 hours

Given topic for trial lecture: «PV for institutional energy systems»

Thesis Title: «Techno-Economic Performance Evaluation of Photovoltaic based Micro-Grid with Energy Management Strategies»

Search for the thesis in AURA - Agder University Research Archive, a digital archive of scientific papers, theses and dissertations from the academic staff and students at the University of Agder.

The thesis is available here:

https://hdl.handle.net/11250/2730635

The CandidateArvind Sharma (1985, Tehri Garhwal, Uttarakhand India) has Bachelor of Technology in Electronics and Communications from Uttar Pradesh Technical University, Lucknow, India (Year 2007); Master of Technology in Energy, Environment and Management from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India (Year 2013). He is working with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), India in the Renewable Energy Technologies Division as Fellow from 2007 to till date. At TERI, he has actively contributed to the flagship program ‘Lighting a Billion Lives©’ for developing solar charging station for off-grid rural electrification. He is grateful to his parent organization TERI for permitting to pursue the doctoral study at the University of Agder. He has worked on solar photovoltaic based microgrid for his PhD work at the Faculty of Engineering and Science, University of Agder.

Opponents:

First opponent: Associate Professor PhD Amin Hajizadeh, Department of Energy Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark

Second opponent: Professor Subhes C Bhattacharyya, School of Engineering and Sustainable Development, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK

Associate Professor Ajit Jha, Department of Engineering Sciences, Faculty of Engineering and Science at the University of Agder, is appointed as the administrator for the assessment commitee.

Supervisors were Professor Mohan Lal Kolhe, UiA (main supervisor) and Associate Professor Nils Ulltveit-Moe, UiA (co-supervisor)

What to do as an audience member:

The disputation is open to the public, but to follow the trial lecture and the public defence, which is transmitted via the Zoom conferencing app, you have to register as an audience member.

We ask audience members to join the virtual trial lecture at 10:05 at the earliest and the public defense at 12:05 at the earliest. After these times, you can leave and rejoin the meeting at any time. Further, we ask audience members to turn off their microphone and camera and keep them turned off throughout the event. You do this at the bottom left of the image when in Zoom. We recommend you use ‘Speaker view’. You select that at the top right corner of the video window when in Zoom.

Opponent ex auditorio:

The chair invites members of the public to pose questions ex auditorio in the introduction to the public defense, with deadlines. It is a prerequisite that the opponent has read the thesis. Questions can be submitted to the chair Henrik Kofoed-Nielsen on e-mail henrik.kofoed.nielsen@uia.no