Build 2024/01/18

CHANGES IN BUILD 20240118

  • Corrected bug in some cases in simulation of projects with water pump and batteries.
  • Added constraint of maximum unmet load in NPV maximization projects.
  • Added the possibility to consider the generation (transfer) charge for the energy injected to the grid (by default) or for the renewable energy generated.
  • The generation (transfer) charge can be negative, that is, the system would receive money due to the renewable energy generated (in the case there is a state subsidy due to emissions reduction). ​This will be subtracted from the cost of purchasing electricity to the grid.
  • Added the possibility to calculate LCOE in NPV maximizing projects considering the energy sold to the AC grid only (by default) or including the load energy consumed by the system.
  • Improved estimation of computation time.
  • In optimization of energy arbitrage (for batteries, PHS or hydrogen) with two variables, reduced computation time (lower price setpoint can’t be higher than higher setpoint) by default.
  • Fixed minor bugs.

Build 2023/12/26

CHANGES IN BUILD 20231226:

  • Added the selection of months for battery availability under arbitrage.
  • Added the possibility to force to pump using AC grid or to use turbine to inject to AC grid regardless arbitrage, with same selection of hours and months as for batteries.
  • Added in the report the number of starts of turbine, pump, fuel cell and electrolyzer.
  • Added in the Excel of the simulation, for each time step and for the total monthly, the incomes of selling hydrogen.
  • Corrected bug in IRR calculation in some cases when adding extra costs.
  • Improved optimization speed in NPV minimization projects.
  • Added in Extra costs the possibility to introduce a value with a fixed annual inflation.
  • In MHOGA, added maximum land use constraint in minimization of NPC projects.
  • Corrected display errors of some graphs in time steps of less than 1 h
  • Fixed minor bugs.

Build 2023/11/02

Changes in build 20231102:

  • In multi-period simulation, added the possibility to use different electricity sell (and buy) hourly prices for the different years (not just updating with inflation, but using different hourly files for the different years). Two options, import the different electricity hourly prices files for the different years, or generate them.
  • Added the possibility to optimize battery SOCmax (in Li-ion batteries).
  • Corrected problem to visualize worst month method results (in iHOGA low power projects) when opening.
  • Corrected error in some stand-alone projects with diesel always on (creating the grid refference)
  • Corrected error in iHOGA some cases when opening a project after another one is open.

Build 2023/09/03

CHANGES IN BUILD 20230903:

  • Added option for LCOH minimization. Also maximization of capacity factor and minimization of LCOE, with weights. Also maximization of IRR.
  • Added control strategy for grid-connected electrolyzer: run at full load, buying electricity to the grid if necessary; at high electricity price electrolyzer power can be supplied by the battery.
  • Updated wind data downloading from Renewables Ninja.
  • Fixed minor bugs.

Build 2023/06/28

CHANGES IN BUILD 20230628:

  • In the simulation of multi-period projects, now you can choose to see the electricity price of the year shown (by default now) or of the year 0 (as before).
  • In the Excel of the simulation, added specific units for each column and fixed bugs.
  • Added two more decimal places in the LCOE column of the results table in NPC minimization projects.
  • Corrected bugs in the visualization of the simulation of multi-period projects.
  • Corrected bug in the visualization of the value of Initial Investment in the report in NPC minimization projects.
  • Fixed minor bugs.

Build 2023/06/20

CHANGES IN BUILD 20230620:
-Added the calculation of corporate taxes, considering EBIT, interest payment, linear depreciation and amortization.
-Added the possibility to define the inverter-charger power depending on the battery duration wanted, considering only the first inverter-charger of the list.
-In pumped-hydro-storage (PHS), added the possibility to define the water tank or reservoir capacity as the turbine maximum flow multiplied by the duration wanted.
-Added the possibilty to consider the water flow defined in the hydro resource as water inlet in the water tank or reservoir.
-Added more parameters for the electrolyzer electricity consumption and efficiency, with the possibility of obtaining efficiency curves more similar to the real ones.
-Added electrolyzer unavailability in PV systems during night time and in wind systems if there are several consecutive hours with calm wind. After the stop, when the electrolyzer starts again, a cold-start time is considered, and also an extra ageing (in minutes) due to each cold-start.
-Added the possibility to use a fixed value for the hydrogen tank capacity, which is the maximum (in systems where a hydrogen load must be met). In previous versions, the H2 tank capacity was determined at the end of the simulation of each combination, as the minimum necessary.
-Added the possibility to account for the replacement costs of the PV inverter (its own inverter in AC coupled systems), the PV inverter replacement costs will be added to the O&M costs of the PV generator.
-Added ratio rated apparent power / rated active power of the backup generator.
-Added the possibility to update the results table to the present data (simulating again each combination of the results table) when saving the project.
-Added zoom in the electricity price chart which is over the simulation chart (simulation screen)
-Corrected bugs in multi-period optimization of the limitation of the AC power of the PV due to its own inverter.
-Corrected bug when downloading hourly irradiation data from PVGIS, horzontal axis tracking.
-Corrected errors when opening project with sensitivity analysis.
-Corrected bugs with databases changing the currency.
-Corrected bug in optimization of arbitrage with 3 variables (before, in optimization the price limits were < and > and in simulation <= and >=, now both the same, < and >).
-Fixed minor bugs.

Build 2023/04/18

-Corrected bug in some cases in the calculation of electricity purchased to the AC grid in systems with DC renewable generation and AC load.
-Corrected bugs in systems with hydrogen load and grid-connected batteries management (energy arbitrage).
-Corrected bugs in systems with electricity load and grid-connected batteries management (energy arbitrage).
-Fixed minor bugs.