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Decision-making on pv modules for very large scale photovoltaic systems using improved analytic hierarchy process

Izazu, Nur Zuriani (2013) Decision-making on pv modules for very large scale photovoltaic systems using improved analytic hierarchy process. Masters thesis, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia.


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The theoretical potential of solar energy is enormous, far beyond what the world could ever require. With Photovoltaic Module (PV) efficiencies, solar energy from desert regions would be more than enough to meet all the electricity demand in both industrialized and developing countries. In this project report, three kinds of silicon-based PV modules namely mono-crystalline silicon (sc-Si), multi-crystalline silicon (mc-Si) and amorphous silicon (a-Si) are being discussed. Analytic hierarchy process (AHP) was performed on decision-making of which PV module is suitable to be installed in a very large scale PV system. Four major criterion are importantly highlighted in this study; the cost, the energy requirement, the CO2 emissions and the energy pay-back time. The judgments of each criterion is obtained then put in matrix form to implement the iteration process to meet the demands of accuracy, simplicity and consistency. Once the weight of the criterion is obtained, the process in AHP method is furthered done to pairwise between the weight of criterion and the alternatives. From the AHP results, a conclusion that sc-Si is the optimum option for very large scale photovoltaic power generation which to be installed in the desert. From the analysis procedure, the AHP method provided an analyzed tool effectively for the decision-making on PV module.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering > TK1001-1841 Production of electric energy or power. Powerplants. Central stations
Depositing User: Normajihan Abd. Rahman
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2014 08:02
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2014 08:02
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/5532
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