Use of Photovoltaic Energy to Minimize the Impact of Load-shedding in South Africa

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Abstract

Solar energy applications are rapidly growing, thanks to the advancement in the technology that support the development of Photovoltaic (PV) based equipment. Solar based hybrid units have also been designed to power the equipment that are prone to regular power interruptions. One example of scheduled power interruption is load- shedding. Load-shedding is executed in stages, which resemble the amount of power to be switched off for a duration that may last up to four hours, depending on the cause. During load-shedding, all activities that rely upon grid energy supply are halted. This study was conducted to reveal the strategy that can be used to avoid load-shedding or minimize its impact. In this study; the microcontroller diverts the connections of low-power electrical load to the solar source whenever this energy prevails. High-power equipment connections are reserved for the grid power source. The minimum amount of solar energy that each a participating house has to produce to counteract grid energy shortfall that result to load-shedding is estimated, and solar equipment that are recommended for the task were outlined.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Electrical, Computer, and Energy Technologies, ICECET 2021
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781665442312
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event2021 International Conference on Electrical, Computer, and Energy Technologies, ICECET 2021 - Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 9 Dec 202110 Dec 2021

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Electrical, Computer, and Energy Technologies, ICECET 2021

Conference

Conference2021 International Conference on Electrical, Computer, and Energy Technologies, ICECET 2021
Country/TerritorySouth Africa
CityCape Town
Period9/12/2110/12/21

Keywords

  • grid
  • load-shedding
  • photovoltaic
  • solar irradiance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • General Computer Science
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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