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IJSTR >> Volume 2- Issue 12, December 2013 Edition

International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research  
International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research

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ISSN 2277-8616

Computer-Aided Design Of A Stand Alone Photovoltaic System: A Case Study Of Faculty Of Engineering Bayero University Kano.

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Ishaq M., Ibrahim U.H., Abubakar, H., A.A. Baba



Key Words: Photovoltaic System, Stand-alone, Electrical Energy Demand, Cost Estimate, Payback Period, Computer-Aided



Abstract: In this paper, the electrical energy demand (load) of the Faculty of Engineering Bayero University Kano (BUK) was estimated based on watt-hour energy demands. A stand alone Photovoltaic (PV) system was designed based on 10% of the estimated load to supplement power supply to the faculty. Based on the equipment selected for the design, 96 PV modules, 24 batteries, 5 voltage regulators and an inverter will be required to supply 10% of the electrical energy demand by the faculty. A computer program was developed for the system for ease of design. The cost estimate of the systemN2 788 272 is relatively high when compared to that of standby fuel generator used by the faculty. The payback period of the system is estimated to be 3.6 years, which is obviously much shorter than the lifespan of the selected PV module.



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