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Surrogate models for rural energy planning: Application to Bolivian lowlands isolated communities
Balderrama Subieta, Sergio Luis; Lombardi, Francesco; Stevanato, Nicolo et al.
2021In Energy, 232
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Keywords :
Microgrids; Energy planning; Isolated energy systems
Abstract :
[en] Thanks to their modularity and their capacity to adapt to different contexts, hybrid microgrids are a promising solution to decrease greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. To properly assess their impact in different settings at country or cross-country level, microgrids must be designed for each particular situation, which leads to computationally intractable problems. To tackle this issue, a methodology is proposed to create surrogate models using machine learning techniques and a database of microgrids. The selected regression model is based on Gaussian Processes and allows to drastically decrease the computation time relative to the optimal deployment of the technology. The results indicate that the proposed methodology can accurately predict key optimization variables for the design of the microgrid system. The regression models are especially well suited to estimate the net present cost and the levelized cost of electricity (R2 = 0.99 and 0.98). Their accuracy is lower when predicting internal system variables such as installed capacities of PV and batteries (R2 = 0.92 and 0.86). A least-cost path towards 100% electrification coverage for the Bolivian lowlands mid-size communities is finally computed, demonstrating the usability and computational efficiency of the proposed framework.
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Balderrama Subieta, Sergio Luis ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > A&M
Lombardi, Francesco;  Politecnico di Milano
Stevanato, Nicolo;  Politecnico di Milano
Gabriela, Peña;  KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Colombo, Emanuela;  Politecnico di Milano
Quoilin, Sylvain  ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département d'aérospatiale et mécanique > Systèmes énergétiques
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Surrogate models for rural energy planning: Application to Bolivian lowlands isolated communities
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October 2021
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Peer reviewed
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Académie de Recherche et d'Enseignement Supérieur (Belgique). Coopération au Développement - ARES. CCD
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