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An economic evaluation of a hybrid wind/photovoltaic/fuel cell generation system for a typical home in the Pacific Northwest is performed. In this configuration the combination of a fuel cell stack, an electrolyzer, and a hydrogen storage tank is used for the energy storage system. This system is compared to a traditional hybrid energy system with battery storage. A computer program has been developed to size system components in order to match the load of the site in the most cost effective way. A cost of electricity and an overall system cost are also calculated for each configuration. The study was performed using a graphical user interface programmed in MATLAB.
Power Engineering Society General Meeting, 2005. IEEE
Date of Conference: 12-16 June 2005