Date of Award
Master of Science in Engineering Management
Department of Systems Engineering and Management
Steven J. Schuldt, PhD
Grid-based electrical infrastructure is unavailable at many remote locations including developing nation communities, isolated construction sites, and military contingency bases. Powering these locations with diesel generators requires regular fuel resupply, resulting in increased costs, environmental impacts, and burdensome logistics—making generators an obstacle for energy resiliency and sustainability. This research examines using solar renewable energy systems to replace generators at remote locations and presents a multi-objective optimization model that minimizes logistics variables. Replacing a single deployed generator would save over 500,000 gal of fuel annually, eliminating the need for 100 fuel tanker deliveries.
DTIC Accession Number
Thomsen, Nathanael J., "Golng off the Grid: Optimizing Solar Renewable Energy Systems at Remote Locations to Minimize Logistics Requirements, Increase Sustainability, and Strengthen Energy Assurance" (2020). Theses and Dissertations. 3260.