Technical and economic analysis of renewable energy powered stand-alone pole street lights for remote area

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  • Ali Wadi Abbas Al-Fatlawi,

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    1. Mechanical Department, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya, Malaysia
    2. Center of Research UMPEDAC, Level 16, WISMA R&D, University of Malaya, Malaysia
    3. Material Department, Faculty of Engineering, University of Kufa, Iraq
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  • Saidur R. Abdul-Hakim,

    1. Mechanical Department, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya, Malaysia
    2. Center of Research UMPEDAC, Level 16, WISMA R&D, University of Malaya, Malaysia
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  • T. A. Ward,

    1. Mechanical Department, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya, Malaysia
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  • Nasruddin A. Rahim

    1. Center of Research UMPEDAC, Level 16, WISMA R&D, University of Malaya, Malaysia
    2. Electrical Department, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya, Malaysia
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Abstract

Several different stand-alone pole street lighting (SPSL) models, using a light emitting diode (LED) lamp, were tested over a 1-year period on Penang Island in northern Malaysia. The models were powered by lead–lead dioxide batteries, autonomously recharged by a renewable energy power source (RES): either a photovoltaic (PV) generator or an integrated PV/Wind-turbine generator system. The technical requirements and economic impact (capital and operating costs) of these two configurations are analyzed and compared. Additionally, some of these configurations were programmed with an energy load savings scheme. The impact of operating with this scheme was compared to operations performed at full load. Results of this comparative analysis revealed that the most efficient system for the test environment was the PV generator operating with the energy savings scheme. © 2013 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Environ Prog, 33: 283–289, 2014

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