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A Low Cost Electronic Load for Renewable Energy Systems

Berberkic, Sanjin, Mather, Peter and Holmes, Violeta (2010) A Low Cost Electronic Load for Renewable Energy Systems. In: Future Technologies in Computing and Engineering: Proceedings of Computing and Engineering Annual Researchers' Conference 2010: CEARC’10. University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, p. 187. ISBN 9781862180932

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A low cost electronic load for Renewable Energy Systems (RES) has been designed and tested as
part of a project on the monitoring and optimising renewable energy usage. This paper describes how MOSFETs, controlled by a microcontroller, can be used as linear loads to simulate the daily power consumption profile of a household. For test purposes, a prototype capable of dissipating 60W has been built: the obtained results demonstrate the load capability of simulating any household energy consumption profile. The simulation of load spikes and steps changes on a RES can also be performed in order to test the control and stability. The results show that the linearity of the load demonstrates favorable results compared to switched loads since much smoother energy profiles can be reproduced. A microcontroller has been used to enable the load to be connected to many different
applications. By increasing the dissipation capability, the load can greatly assist designers and researchers in the development and analysis of domestic scale RES. The total cost for a 2kW load unit is approximately a quarter of the cost of current, commercially available, programmable electronic loads.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Uncontrolled Keywords: Renewable Energy Electronic Load
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Schools: School of Computing and Engineering
School of Computing and Engineering > Computing and Engineering Annual Researchers' Conference (CEARC)
School of Computing and Engineering > High-Performance Intelligent Computing > High Performance Computing Research Group
School of Computing and Engineering > Systems Engineering Research Group
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Depositing User: Sharon Beastall
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2011 10:45
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 21:47


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