Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Engineering Technology - Electrical

First Advisor

Dr. Florian Misoc


Manufacturing industry accounts for about one third of total energy use worldwide. Roughly three quarters of industrial energy use is related to the production of energy-intensive commodities such as ferrous and non-ferrous metals, chemicals and petrochemicals, non-metallic mineral materials, and pulp and paper. In these sectors, energy costs constitute a large proportion of total production costs, so managers pay particular attention to driving them down. As a result, the scope to improve energy efficiency tends to be less in these most energy intensive sectors than in those sectors where energy costs form a smaller proportion of total costs, such as the buildings and transportation sectors. A design of a small power generating system by using renewable energy sources, wind and solar by means of pumped-storage to replace the wind and/or solar power systems with a battery bank energy storage. This research evaluates the energy efficiency of wind and solar pumped-storage power generation system, and it demonstrates that it is well suited for remote residential applications with intermittent wind and/or solar energy. Through design and cost analysis, it is shown how this type of power systems, could be a very good alternative, with economic benefits and positive social effect. The advantage of pumped storage power system is evaluated, for conditions of intermittent wind, showing a significant improvement of power regulation, resulting in a power-on-demand system capability, concomitant to extra economic benefits. It also evaluates how a solar car can be used especially in a remote areas where gas and natural resources are not available.