Case Study: Mobile Photovoltaic System at Bechler Meadows Ranger Station, Yellowstone National Park
The mobile PV/generator hybrid system deployed at Bechler Meadows provides a number of advantages. It reduces on-site air emissions from the generator. Batteries allow the generator to operate only at its rated power, reducing run-time and fuel consumption. Energy provided by the solar array reduces fuel consumption and run-time of the generator. The generator is off for most hours providing peace and quiet at the site. Maintenance trips from Mammoth Hot Springs to the remote site are reduced. The frequency of intrusive fuel deliveries to the pristine site is reduced. And the system gives rangers a chance to interpret Green Park values to the visiting public. As an added bonus, the system provides all these benefits at a lower cost than the basecase of using only a propane-fueled generator, reducing life cycle cost by about 26%.
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- USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Federal Energy Management Program (EE-5F) (Federal Energy Management Program Corporate)
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- photovoltaic, solar, mobile photovoltaic, mobile, yellowstone, bechler
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