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HOMER Micropower Optimization Model

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Peter Lilienthal
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The HOMER energy modeling software is a powerful tool for designing and analyzing hybrid power systems, which contain a mix of conventional generators, combined heat and power, wind turbines, solar photovoltaics, batteries, fuel cells, hydropower, biomass and other inputs. It is currently used all over the world by tens of thousands of people. For either grid-tied or off-grid environments, HOMER helps determine how variable resources such as wind and solar can be optimally integrated into hybrid systems.
HOMER simplifies the task of evaluating design options for both off-grid and grid-connected power systems for remote, stand-alone, and distributed generation (DG) applications. Its optimization and sensitivity analysis algorithms allow users worldwide to evaluate the economic and technical feasibility of technology options and account for uncertainty in technology costs and energy resource availability. HOMER can also be used for designing and analysing hybrid power systems.