Title: Technical feasibility study and optimisation analysis on solar biomass-based pumped storage hydropower plant

Authors: Somudeep Bhattacharjee; Champa Nandi

Addresses: Department of Electrical Engineering, Tripura University, Agartala, India ' Department of Electrical Engineering, Tripura University, Agartala, India

Abstract: The potential of hydroelectric plants in north-eastern region is very much promising for supplying electricity. But the reservoirs of hydroelectric plants are facing water shortage during the lean season, which results in a very low power generation. Gumti Hydroelectric Plant generates power to diminish the power crisis of Tripura but it remains inoperative during the lean season due to the shortage of water. Therefore, this study proposes an advancement to Gumti Hydroelectric Plant in Tripura by designing a hybrid energy system using renewable energy sources to supply a dependable, continuous and economical power supply. This study includes optimisation analysis by utilising real-time data of renewable energy sources, which help us to understand the extent of power generation and its cost of energy. The results of this study indicate that a hybrid system is a viable option as compared to a single hydroelectric plant in maintaining the continuity of power supply.

Keywords: climate change; solar power; hydro power; bio power; pumped storage system; hybrid energy system; optimisation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJESD.2021.116864

International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development, 2021 Vol.20 No.3/4, pp.404 - 429

Received: 14 Dec 2019
Accepted: 14 Oct 2020

Published online: 23 Jul 2021 *

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