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The aim of this demonstration project is to show that the application of PV is advantageous in autonomous PV/diesel systems on houseboats and barges due to economic and environmental aspects. The advantages are: fuel saving through energy production by the PV generator and float charging of the battery; reduction of noise annoyance, longer lifetime of the diesel generator and improved indoor and outdoor climate; longer lifetime of the batteries through improved battery control; reduced time expenditure for obtaining fuel or fresh batteries. Within this project, autonomous PV systems with a total power of 9,536 Wp (106 m2) have been added to existing diesel/battery systems on thirteen houseboats and barges. Detailed monitoring results show a wide spread in user operation of batteries.

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Authors: ECOFYS, ECOFYS, Coöperatief Advies- en Onderzoeksbureau UA, Utrecht (NL)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 15923 EN (1994) 37 pp., FS, ECU 7
Availability: (2)
ISBN: ISBN 92-826-9168-3
Record Number: 199411353 / Last updated on: 1994-12-07
Original language: en
Available languages: en