MATEC Web of Conferences
Volume 150, 2018Malaysia Technical Universities Conference on Engineering and Technology (MUCET 2017)
|Number of page(s)||7|
|Section||Mechanical ' Manufacturing|
|Published online||23 February 2018|
A study on the use of renewable energy for coconut dehusking
Centre for Advanced Research on Energy (CARe), Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka, 75450 Ayer Keroh, Melaka, Malaysia
2 Institut Kemahiran MARA Bintulu, km 20 Jalan Bintulu-Sibu, 97000 Bintulu, Sarawak, Malaysia
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
A solar photovoltaic (PV) coconut dehusking machine may become one important application of renewable energy especially in rural areas like in Sarawak. It will not only enhance the socio-economy in such areas but also indirectly reduce the risk of injuries from the process of dehusking coconuts manually. Thus the purpose of the study is to simulate the performance of the PV coconut dehusking machine by circuit modeling in Simulink and PVsyst software. Simulation results showed that it could match the rpm and torque required in the dry coconut shear test. Furthermore, when implemented, such a PV-powered machine is expected to offer better cost of ownership in the long term when compared to a dehusking machine that runs on fossil fuel based on the PVsyst software analysis.
© The Authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2018
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