HOMER

Evaluates design options for both off-grid and grid-connected power systems for remote, stand-alone, and distributed generation (DG) applications. HOMER's optimization and sensitivity analysis algorithms allow you to evaluate the economic and technical feasibility of a large number of technology options and to account for variation in technology costs and energy resource availability. HOMER models both conventional and renewable energy technologies. Screen Shots

Keywords

remote power, distributed generation, optimization, off-grid, grid-connected, stand-alone

Validation/Testing

Validation results are available upon request.

Expertise Required

Basic familiarity with Windows and the technology of small power systems.

Users

3000 users in 142 countries. Approximately 1/3 are in the U.S., 1/3 in other OECD countries, and 1/3 in the rest of the world.

Audience

System designers, rural electrification program planners, policy, market and technology analysts for distributed and small power technologies.

Input

Load profiles for the application of interest, renewable resource data (although the software makes some of that available), local installed costs for technology components.

Output

HOMER has a huge quantity of output data in tabular and graphic format, including sensitivity analyses, hourly operational data and comparative economics for competing system architectures.

Computer Platform

Windows

Programming Language

Visual C++

Strengths

Compares different technologies including hybrids. Considers storage. Considers seasonal and daily variations in loads and resources. Designed as optimization model for sensitivity analyses. Performs dozens of 8760 hour annual simulations per second. Great graphical outputs.

Weaknesses

Does not consider intra-hour variability. Does not consider variations in bus voltage.

Contact

Company:

Homer Energy

Address:

2334 Broadway
Boulder, Colorado 80304
United States

Telephone:

+1 (720) 565-4046

E-mail:

info@homerenergy.com

Website:

www.homerenergy.com

Availability

Free download from the website. The user must fill out a survey after 6 months for continued use.