In cooperation with the Sustainable Energy Research Centre (SERC) in SQU, a Master of Science thesis was conducted by Eng Mohammed Issa al Busaidi from Oman Electricity Transmission Company (OETC).
The thesis titled ‘Control Scheme Design and Simulation of Dispatchable Hybrid Wind-PV Power Plant’ was supervised by Dr Amer al Hinai and Dr Rashid al Abri from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. This research is a part His Majesty’s Trust Fund and the equipment were funded by Occidental Oman.
The thesis developed a design of a Hierarchical Control System consisting of three separate control layers coordinating with each other for the hybrid power plant. The control system was tested and simulated using the Real-Time Digital Simulation (RTDS) System in the university. The developed control system intends to transform the Hybrid Plant of Renewable Energy into a dispatchable power plant similar to conventional combustion power plants.
Developing a dispatchable renewable power plant would increase the reliability of renewable energy sources, reduce the intermittency of supply, and enhance the system security. The developed hybrid power plant would be dispatchable for a predefined time periods consistent with the required weather forecast accuracy and with the electricity spot market operation which is currently being developed in the sultanate.
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