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Multi objective decision making in hybrid energy system design

Gabriel Guillermo Merino, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


The design of grid-connected photovoltaic wind generator system supplying a farmstead in Nebraska has been undertaken in this dissertation. The design process took into account competing criteria that motivate the use of different sources of energy for electric generation. The criteria considered were ‘Financial’, ‘Environmental’, and ‘User/System compatibility’. ^ A distance based multi-objective decision making methodology was developed to rank design alternatives. The method is based upon a precedence order imposed upon the design objectives and a distance metric describing the performance of each alternative. This methodology advances previous work by combining ambiguous information about the alternatives with a decision-maker imposed precedence order in the objectives. ^ Design alternatives, defined by the photovoltaic array and wind generator installed capacities, were analyzed using the multi-objective decision making approach. The performance of the design alternatives was determined by simulating the system using hourly data for an electric load for a farmstead and hourly averages of solar irradiation, temperature and wind speed from eight wind-solar energy monitoring sites in Nebraska. ^ The spatial variability of the solar energy resource within the region was assessed by determining semivariogram models to krige hourly and daily solar radiation data. No significant difference was found in the predicted performance of the system when using kriged solar radiation data, with the models generated vs. using actual data. ^ The spatial variability of the combined wind and solar energy resources was included in the design analysis by using fuzzy numbers and arithmetic. ^ The best alternative was dependent upon the precedence order assumed for the main criteria. Alternatives with no PV array or wind generator dominated when the ‘Financial’ criteria preceded the others. In contrast, alternatives with a nil component of PV array but a high wind generator component, dominated when the ‘Environment’ objective or the ‘User/System compatibility’ objectives were more important than the ‘Financial’ objectives and they also dominated when the three criteria were considered equally important. ^

Subject Area

Engineering, Electronics and Electrical|Engineering, Environmental|Energy

Recommended Citation

Merino, Gabriel Guillermo, "Multi objective decision making in hybrid energy system design" (2000). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI9997015.