Feasibility Evaluation of Distributed Energy Generation and Storage for Cost and Reliability Using the ‘Worth-Factor’ Criterion
- Phanikrishna Gomatom, Ward Jewell
Distributed generation (DG) technologies are currently being discussed as the new paradigm for the electricity infrastructure, owing to growth in electric loads, deregulated markets, and reliability constraints, emission control limitations , and the huge capital investments with minimal rates of return associated with central station generation. Some DG technologies are critically dependent on the fuel quality and supply parameters for optimal power delivery and overall economic operation. Currently, most DG technologies are expensive to install, operate and maintain. One of the factors that could enable feasible and economic viability for installation of microturbines is the supply of fuel with the characteristics appropriate to DG designs . This paper deals with the performance indices of Microturbine DG units and analyzes their dependency on fuel characteristics for economical and optimal performance.