A Technical Analysis Investigating Energy Sustainability Utilizing Reliable Renewable Energy Sources to Reduce CO2 Emissions in a High Potential Area

Armin Razmjoo, L Gakenia Kaigutha, M.A. Vaziri rad, M. Marzband, A Davarpanah, Mouloud Denai

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Abstract

Reduction of carbon dioxide (CO 2) emissions will have a positive impact on the environment by preventing adverse effects of global warming. To achieve an eco-environment, the primary source of energy needs to shift from fossil fuels to clean renewable energy. Thus, increased utilization of renewable energy overtime reduces air pollution and contributes to securing sustainable energy supply to satisfy future energy needs. The main purpose of this study is to investigate several sustainable hybrid renewable systems for electricity production in Iran. In this regard, critical indicators that have the strongest impact on the environment and energy sustainability are presented in this study. After a comprehensive review of environmental issues, data was collected from the meteorological organization and a techno-economic assessment was performed using HOMER software. It was concluded that the hybrid configuration composed of photovoltaic (PV), wind turbine, diesel generator and battery produced the best outcome with an energy cost of 0.151$/kWh and 15.6% return on investment. In addition, the results showed that with a higher renewable fraction exceeding 72%, this hybrid system can reduce more than 2000 Kg of CO 2 emission per household annually. Although excess electricity generation is a challenge in stand-alone systems, by using the fuel cell, an electrolyzer, and a hydrogen tank unit, the amount of energy loss was reduced to less than one-sixth. These results show that selecting useful indicators such as appropriate implementation of policies of new enabling technologies and investments on renewable energy resources, has three potential benefits namely: CO 2 reduction, greater sustainable electricity generation and provides an economic justication for stakeholders to invest in the renewable energy sector.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)46-57
Number of pages12
JournalRenewable Energy
Volume164
Early online date15 Sept 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2021

Keywords

  • Electric energy
  • Environmental impact
  • Hybrid system
  • Indicators
  • Renewable energy

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