A review of grid connected distributed generation using renewable energy sources in South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Thopil, M.S. (Miriam)
dc.contributor.author Bansal, Ramesh C.
dc.contributor.author Zhang, Lijun
dc.contributor.author Sharma, Gulshan
dc.date.accessioned 2019-04-15T09:57:30Z
dc.date.issued 2018-08
dc.description.abstract The energy model in South Africa for electricity generation has been evolving at a rapid rate during recent times. The country has taken initiatives to incorporate more renewable sourced power into its coal-dominated electricity generation programme. The introduction of small to medium scale distributed generators closer to the load centres and powered by renewable energy sources will be a step forward for the country. Grid integration of these distributed generators will cause a bidirectional flow of electricity through the utility grid, which will lead to various technical issues such as voltage profile deviation and harmonic distortion. However, it will also allow the grid to act as a back-up electricity source when the distributed generators fall under and allow any excess electricity generated by the distributed generators to be absorbed by the grid. The use of optimisation techniques has been reviewed to be a feasible method to mitigate the undesirable technical concerns that arise during grid integration. The optimal location, size and design of distributed generators can be determined so that objectives such as minimising voltage deviation, power losses and net costs can be achieved. en_ZA
dc.description.department Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2019-08-01
dc.description.librarian hj2019 en_ZA
dc.description.uri https://www.elsevier.com/locate/esr en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Thopil, M.S., Bansal, R.C., Zhang, L. et al. 2018, 'A review of grid connected distributed generation using renewable energy sources in South Africa', Energy Strategy Reviews, vol. 21, pp. 88-97. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 2211-467X
dc.identifier.other 10.1016/j.esr.2018.05.001
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/68980
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Elsevier en_ZA
dc.rights © 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Notice : this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Energy Strategy Reviews. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. A definitive version was subsequently published in Energy Strategy Reviews, vol. 21, pp. 88-97, 2018. doi : 10.1016/j.esr.2018.05.001. en_ZA
dc.subject Distributed power generation en_ZA
dc.subject South Africa (SA) en_ZA
dc.subject Power systems en_ZA
dc.subject Renewable energy sources en_ZA
dc.subject Distribution networks en_ZA
dc.subject Embedded generation en_ZA
dc.subject Solar power en_ZA
dc.subject Active filter en_ZA
dc.subject DG allocation en_ZA
dc.subject Smart grids en_ZA
dc.subject Integration en_ZA
dc.subject Optimization en_ZA
dc.subject Challenges en_ZA
dc.title A review of grid connected distributed generation using renewable energy sources in South Africa en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA


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