Evaluation of a hybrid system of renewable electricity generation for a remote area of Colombia using homer software

Yecid Muñoz, Julian Guerrero, Adalberto Ospino


Subsequent to the study of the energy demand and the evaluation of possible available resources in the remote area of Riosucio, Chocó region, Colombia, an analysis is performed on the implementation of three alternative systems of power generation. The first is a micro hydroelectric power station on the Truando River, which includes the design using HOMER software simulation, the costs of building and implementation, and its share in the energy mix. The second system is an array of photovoltaic panels in isolated configuration. This will include the design, via HOMER software simulation, of batteries, panel distribution, inverters, and connections, for a usable specific area restricted by the limited solar resource of the area. Finally, wind power is analyzed, a system that will include the determination of the most suitable turbine for the available wind resource in the area, as well as the analysis of the ideal quantity of wind generators based on its share in the energy mix and associated costs. For each of the assessed systems, a financial analysis and the feasibility are obtained, based on the investment, percentage of energy, and the electricity savings for each of the homes.


Renewable Energy; HOMER Software; Energy Mix; Simulation Generation Isolated Areas

Full Text:



T. Givler, and P. Lilienthal. "Using HOMER® software, NREL’s micropower optimization model, to explore the role of gen-sets in small solar power systems." Case Study: Sri Lanka, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado, 2005.

P. Georgilakis, "State-of-the-art of decision support systems for the choice of renewable energy sources for energy supply in isolated regions." International Journal of Distributed Energy Resources vol. 2. no2, pp. 129-150, 2006

R. Hiremath, S. Shikha, and N. Ravindranath. "Decentralized energy planning; modeling and application—a review." Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, vol. 11 No.5, pp. 729-752, 2007.

T. Ackermann, ed. Wind power in power systems.. Chichester, UK: John Wiley, vol. 140, 2005.

National Technical University of Athens. “Renewables for isolated systems energy supply and waste water treatment”. Technical Annex. European Commission, Sixth Framework Programme, RISE Project, Contract number: FP6-INCO-CT-2004-509161, 2004.

Kornbluth, K, et al. "Optimizing Wind Energy for a Small Hybrid Wind/Diesel Grid in the Galapagos Islands." University of California, Davis Energy Efficiency Centre, 2009.

G. Aggidis, et al. "The costs of small-scale hydro power production: Impact on the development of existing potential." Renewable Energy, vol. 35 No.12, pp. 2632-2638, 2010.

T. Lambert, P. Gilman, and P. Lilienthal. "Micropower system modeling with HOMER." Integration of alternative sources of energy 1, 2006.

J. Bernal and R. Dufo. "Simulation and optimization of stand-alone hybrid renewable energy systems." Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, vol.13, no. 8, pp. 2111-2118, 2009.

Kanase-Patil, A. B., R. P. Saini, and M. P. Sharma. "Integrated renewable energy systems for off grid rural electrification of remote area." Renewable Energy, vol.35, no 6, pp 1342-1349, 2010.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18180/tecciencia.2014.17.6


  • There are currently no refbacks.

Copyright (c) 2014