RAK Research & Innovation
Research and Innovation
• Weather Station
• High Precision Solar Tracking Platform (Solar Island)
• Solar Outdoor Facility
• Solar Water Desalination
• Solar Mini Grid
• Solar Calorimeter and Green Buildings
• Photovoltaic Center
• Solar Cooling
• Concentrated Solar Power
Solar Mini Grid
The off-grid electricity demand of research centers in Ras Al Khaimah research innovation center solar open air laboratory (SOLAB) is 95500kWh/yr., which was being supplied by a central diesel generator and multiple stand-alone photovoltaic power plants. Optimization and centralization of solar energy production was required to reduce the consumption of diesel. To meet this requirement of centralized solar energy, a very accurate load profiling of each center was generated using algorithm.
Figure 1: Annual Load Profile for Solab
The design of hybrid PV mini grid was carried out using HOMER. A 59kWp hybrid mini grid was commissioned at SOLAB. The designed system is estimated to reduce the diesel consumption by 95% and thus implying a payback time of 2.7 years and reducing 144 tons of annual carbon emission from SOLAB.
Figure 2: Solar Hybrid Minigrid