E3S Web Conf.
Volume 113, 2019SUPEHR19 SUstainable PolyEnergy generation and HaRvesting Volume 1
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Energy Micropolygeneration and Harvesting|
|Published online||21 August 2019|
Evaluating LCOE in sustainable microgrids for smart city applications
University of Genoa, DITEN (Electrical, Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering and Naval Architecture Department), Via all’Opera Pia 11a, 16145 Genoa, Italy
2 University of Genoa, DICCA (Department of Civil, Chemical and Environmental Engineering), Via Montallegro 1, 16145 Genoa, Italy
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
A microgrid can be considered a profitable solution to be adopted in smart cities if it is marketable, i.e. more, or at least equally convenient than other traditional energy supply sources. Different economic parameters can be defined to determine its affordability. In particular, the LCOE (Levelized Cost of Electricity) is the most popular indicator adopted in the energy sector, widely used both for conventional and renewable power sources. However, the use of this metric still disregards important aspects that concerns microgrid applications. After providing a state-of-the-art of the use of LCOE, the present paper proposes a new methodology for sustainable microgrids in smart city, taking into account benefits due to cogeneration and trigeneration, integration costs as well as positive and negative side effects.
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