Opti-CE is an open source package for simulation, optimization, and design of hybrid power systems for off-grid and on-grid applications. Opti-CE models and simulates clean energy conversion and storage technologies integrated in microgrids or as distributed generation systems in larger grids. The model is written in Matlab® language and uses genetic algorithm to find the best energy conversion, storage, and back-up systems capacities combinations to minimize the life cycle cost and maximize renewable energies reliability. It covers the whole chain of energy systems including mainly 6 areas, i.e., renewable energy, energy conversion technologies, mitigation technologies, intelligent energy systems, energy storage, and sustainability.
Originally, Opti-CE model included solar photovoltaic (PV), wind turbine, diesel generator, and battery bank for off-grid applications, in particular water pumping for irrigation. The model has been continuously developed and new power sources, power-to-heat conversion technologies, and storage systems have been developed and integrated.
Opti-CE is an essential tools for engineering students, researchers, consultants, and decision makers working in the fields of renewable energies, hybrid power systems, distributed energy conversion, and mini/microgrids.