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Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology

POWER MANAGEMENT
& DIESEL GENERATION

How Low Can You Go


Low Load Diesel

Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology

This presentation will discuss


Intro | Centre for Renewable Energy and Power Systems

1.S.o.A. Power Management Practices;


2.Low Load Diesel & Power Management;
3.What is Low Load Diesel
4.Industry Appetite for Low Load Practice;
5.LLD Pilot Opportunities.

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The University of Tasmania Renewable Energy Lab


Centre for Renewable Energy Power Systems

>8 Full Time Academic Staf


>15 Full Time PhD & Masters Students
Unique Facilities include;

Internet Connected Micro-grid Laboratory;

Remotely Connected Research Workstations;

Solar Research Facility; and,

Wind Turbine Torque Transients Laboratory.

visit

www.kingislandrenewableenergy.com.au

visit

www.kingislandrenewableenergy.com.au

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What is Low Load Diesel
LLD explores engine operation via

improved low load

combustion.
LLD approaches may involve:
Injector performance;
Variable load cooling;
Turbo-compounding and variable geometry turbo performance ;
Variable speed generation.

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Low Load Diesel (LLD) and Improved Power Management

Existing diesel capabilities constrain renewable penetration.


LLD allows greater renewable input.

LLD reduces diesel dependence.


LLD increases power management flexibility.

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Market Perceptions and Practices

Most operators hold some prior LLD


experience;
Most operators are supportive of greater RE utilisation;
Rare for systems to adopt high penetration of renewable resources;
LLD application uncommon and not supported by OEMs.

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The Proposal

Install an modern Utility scale diesel generator on King Island;

Extend observations into a low load research initiative;

Deliver a

low load roadmap for remote


consumers
regardless of
technology.

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Thanks to;
ABB
AECOM
Alaska Energy Authority
Alaska Center for Energy and Power
Alaska Village Electric Coop
Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)
Australian Antarctic Division
Bushlight
British Antarctic Survey
Caterpillar
Centre for Appropriate Technology
Chininik Wind Group
CSIRO
Cummins
Energy Development Limited
Ergon
GDF Suez Cofely
Hydro Tasmania
International Finance Corporation
Joule Logic
Kodiak Electric Coop
Kotzebue Electric Coop
Marsh Creek LLC
MegaWatt Capital
Metamaya
MTU
National Renewable Energy Agency (NREL)
Nome Joint Utility Systems
Ninti One
RE Plus
Synergy (formerly Verve Energy)
TDX Power
Territory Generation (formerly P&WC)
Unalakleet Village Electric Coop
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Wartsila
World Bank

Thankyou James Hamilton

Utilitys with hybrid diesel


systems are running their
modern electronically
fuel injected diesel generator
sets below manufacturers
recommended minimum loading
for periods of time and have not
reported consequences that
would deter them from
continuing the practice.
Sourced:

Alan Fetters, AEA, 2013 Alaska Wind Diesel Worksh

email james.hamilton@utas.edu.au