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Title: Electrical Design and Techno-Economic Feasibility of Photovoltaic Systems Connected to Distribution Networks in the State of Kuwait
Authors: Ahmad Alshammari 
Supervisor: Dr. Osama Al-Naseem
Keywords: Photovoltaic (PV) panels;residential rooftops;kuwait
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher:  Kuwait university - college of graduate studies
Abstract: This study focuses on the implementation of Photovoltaic (PV) panels on top of residential rooftops along with Kuwait’s electrical distribution network on the consumer’s side (415 V). The study consists of three parts: design of a PV system, determining the feasibility of implementing the system and finally, designing a computer software that can be used to design and predict the performance of a designed system. The average usable roof area of a typical house in Kuwait is 308.3 m2 and the system designed for this house is a 19.2 kW PV power system. The performance of the designed system was determined using hourly irradiance levels along with a developed stochastic reliability model. When no system failures are considered, the system is expected to generate 15.7% of the electric demand of the house, and 10.4% when system failures are considered. The payback period is then used to determine the economic feasibility of the designed system. The price of electricity in Kuwait is heavily subsidized by the government. The average cost of generating electricity is 18 times higher than what consumers pay. Therefore, when using the cost of generating electricity as a reference, the payback period of the designed system is 7.35 years. The system is considered economically feasible since the payback period is less than the expected lifetime of the system. When the subsidized cost is used, the payback period is estimated as 132.2 years and the system is not considered economically feasible. The total CO2 emission cost savings were also estimated as $16000 (4800 KWD) with no system failures and $10000 (3000 KWD) when system failures are considered. Kuwait PV Tool was the software developed, and can be used to design a PV system to be installed along rooftops in Kuwait. The software also has the capability to predict the system performance and generate technical, economic and environmental analysis. The user also has an option to determine the reliability of the system and estimate the mean time to failure (MTTF) of the system.  
Appears in Programs:0610 Electrical Engineering

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