Simulating Hybrid Power Plants in Strategic Industrial Areas in Nigeria: Solar PV-Diesel Hybrid for Kano Free Trade Zone
Ahmad Garba Khaleel1, Mridul Dharwal2

1Ahmad Garba Khaleel, Department of Economics and Development Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Federal University – Dutse (Jigawa) Nigeria.
2Mridul Dharwal PhD, Department of Economics & Int’l Business, School of Business Studies, Sharda University, Greater Noida (UP) India.

Manuscript received on 08 August 2019 | Revised Manuscript received on 15 August 2019 | Manuscript published on 30 August 2019 | PP: 3852-3856 | Volume-8 Issue-10, August 2019 | Retrieval Number: J99980881019/2019©BEIESP | DOI: 10.35940/ijitee.J9998.0881019
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Abstract: The review the power situation of one of Kano Free Trade Zone, one of the Federal Government of Nigeria’s own Export Processing Zones and simulated a hybrid power plant for the Zone and nearby community. It is found that, the power requirements of the Zone are current provided for through an unreliable Grid and 1MW diesel generator, which is quite expensive and unsatisfactory for a manufacturing site. The paper gathered solar resources information of the site using Global Solar Atlas and use the HOMER Grid optimization feature to simulate the most appropriate capacity to provide the recorded load of the Zone. The simulation proposed four viable systems out of which two are considered and recommended for implementation at the Zone as they provide the opportunity for the Zone to provide itself with renewable power using Grid Tied Solar-PV/Diesel hybrid and even sell more power to the grid, nearby community and installations.
Keywords: Hybrid, Power Plant, Export Processing Zone, Kano – Nigeria
Scope of the Article: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)