Initial results from the operation of village hybrid systems in Chile

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The government of Chile has undertaken a rural electrification program to electrify 75% of the population by the year 2000. Renewable energy is considered within this program, and its application facilitated through a technical cooperation agreement between Chile`s national energy commission (CNE) and the U.S. Department of Energy. In order to introduce isolated mini-grid hybrid wind-energy systems into Chile, three pilot projects were implemented in Region IX. The goal of the pilot systems is to establish renewables as a viable option for rural electrification in the Chilean context. In this paper we report on the first six months of three ... continued below

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Holz, R.; Baring-Gould, E. I. & Corbus, D. August 1, 1997.

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The government of Chile has undertaken a rural electrification program to electrify 75% of the population by the year 2000. Renewable energy is considered within this program, and its application facilitated through a technical cooperation agreement between Chile`s national energy commission (CNE) and the U.S. Department of Energy. In order to introduce isolated mini-grid hybrid wind-energy systems into Chile, three pilot projects were implemented in Region IX. The goal of the pilot systems is to establish renewables as a viable option for rural electrification in the Chilean context. In this paper we report on the first six months of three pilot projects. Presented as background information are brief descriptions of the power systems, data acquisition systems, and the operation and maintenance (O&M) protocols. Analyses of loads, component performance, system operation, and balance of payments for O&M are the primary points presented. Important lessons learned and future plans are also discussed.

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  • WindPower `97: annual conference and exhibition of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), Austin, TX (United States), 15-18 Jun 1997

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  • Other: DE97008567
  • Report No.: NREL/CP--440-23436
  • Report No.: CONF-970608--6
  • Grant Number: AC36-83CH10093
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 522756
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc697566

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Holz, R.; Baring-Gould, E. I. & Corbus, D. Initial results from the operation of village hybrid systems in Chile, article, August 1, 1997; Golden, Colorado. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc697566/: accessed August 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.