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Bryan Urquhart, Manajit Sengupta and Jamie Keller Optimizing geographic allotment of photovoltaic capacity in a distributed generation setting Progress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications 21

Version of Record online: 24 JAN 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/pip.2334

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A multi-objective optimization was performed to allocate a fixed capacity of photovoltaics among candidate sites such that energy was maximized and variability in the form of ramp rates was minimized, resulting in an optimal solution set of geographic allotment alternatives. A trade off_ was found between energy produced and variability experienced, whereby a decrease in variability necessitates a simultaneous decrease in energy. A method is presented for system designers to select the preferred combination of energy generation and variability to meet their needs.

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