Design and dynamic modeling of a solar electric boat power system

Al Mehedi, Mohammad Abu Abdullah (2021) Design and dynamic modeling of a solar electric boat power system. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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This thesis describes the system required for a solar electric boat power system with energy storage and a DC gas generator for sailing the boat at 10km/h with 20people. Details of existing diesel engine-driven boats in a river in Bangladesh were collected for the system design. Sizing assessment, sensitivity analysis, and optimization of required power are performed in HOMER. The system’s equipment is modeled in MATLAB Simulink platform and simulated to know the dynamic performance of system components. An Arduino-based basic control system also was proposed for the solar boat. The proposed system was simulated in web-based software to check the live functionality of the designed control system. Power system instruments were proposed, including solar PV panel, PMDC motor and driver, generator, lead-acid battery, circuit breaker, busbar, and a programmable display device to measure battery voltage and capacity and display data. Additionally, navigation instruments were proposed for measuring water depth, boat speed, and water temperature and display the values on a monitor. The projected payback period was calculated for the recommended solar boat. PV/diesel/battery hybrid power system is compared with PV/battery and the traditional diesel-only power system in this research. Economic analysis indicates that the proposed solar boat design is the best option for rivers in Bangladesh.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 15023
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 89-96).
Keywords: Hybrid power system, Solar boat, Solar energy, Renewable energy, Catamarans type passenger boat (CPB), HOMER, MATLAB Simulink, System sizing, Cost analysis, Instrumentation, Sensitivity analysis, Arduino, Tinkercad
Department(s): Engineering and Applied Science, Faculty of
Date: May 2021
Date Type: Submission
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Electric power transmission--Bangladesh--Direct current--Computer simulation; Solar engines; Diesel motor--Design--Bangladesh.

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