The feasibility of an environmentally friendly microgrid

K. C. McIntyre, C. Clancey-Rivera, M. C. Tobin, M. D. Erickson, X. Zhang, G. G. Karady

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2 Scopus citations


Establishing the local feasibility of using distributed generation sources (a micro-grid) is the focus of this project, where an 81-house neighborhood in Chandler, Arizona was chosen to serve as the model. An in-depth analysis of the current energy and water use of the neighborhood and its associated cost to the consumer, along with an evaluation of the capacity of the existing infrastructure, was completed in order to compare it to a simulated model of a micro grid providing the same amount of energy by using photovoltaic cells, fuel cells and micro turbines. Analyzing the Net Present Cost of different configurations of distributed generation sources shows that micro turbines and fuel cells, while having a smaller carbon foot print, are not economically feasible, whereas using photovoltaic cells while maintaining a connection to the existing grid increases the cost by only $.023/kWh while reducing the CO2, SOX, and NOX emissions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNorth American Power Symposium 2010, NAPS 2010
StatePublished - 2010
EventNorth American Power Symposium 2010, NAPS 2010 - Arlington, TX, United States
Duration: Sep 26 2010Sep 28 2010

Publication series

NameNorth American Power Symposium 2010, NAPS 2010


OtherNorth American Power Symposium 2010, NAPS 2010
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityArlington, TX


  • Distributed generation
  • Fuel cells
  • Gas turbines
  • Renewable energy
  • Solar energy resource
  • Wind energy resource

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology


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