Assessing Tradeoffs Between Solar Thermal and Wind Energy Integration in an Isolated Community Electrical-Thermal Grid

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LaFreniere, Keelia Ann




Remote Northern communities in Canada suffer from unreliable access to energy. These largely indigenous communities derive their energy from costly, non-renewable fossil fuel-powered electricity generators and space heaters. To address these issues, a mix of thermal and electrical generation options powered from wind and solar can be employed to serve a remote community's energy grid. This thesis uses the case study of MoCreebec Eeyoud Istchee to determine the benefits of implementing a coupled electrical-thermal grid to serve the community's residential energy needs. A model of the proposed energy system is built TRNSYS. Yearly household energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions of the model are compared to those of the case study. The study concludes that the proposed energy system results in higher household energy costs and lower greenhouse gas emissions. In an off-grid remote community, iterations of the proposed energy system cut costs and carbon emissions by more than 50%.


Engineering - Mechanical
Public Administration




Carleton University

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Engineering, Sustainable Energy

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