Capacity Utilization Factor(CUF) is the anticipated energy output (in kW.Hrs)  of an installed generation device of a certain power level (identified as KWp)

This is a particularly important performance factor, as hydro authorities typically have a regulated constraint on the output size of a generation device. 

As in the case of a leading hydro company, a 10 KWp limitation is in place in order to protect the installed base of in-situ residential transformers. This limitation is to ensure an adequate level of service factor and therefore a long installation life remains on this utility owned equipment. 

Generation device installations that go beyond 10 KWp (i.e. a 10.1 KWp) will facilitate a projected regulatory hurdle that is likely to require an additional infrastructure investments of $25,000 to $30,000 to overcome.

The higher the CUF of a device, the more energy output that is possible from the device.

  • For devices with a CUF of 10%, the energy output from a 10 KWp device will be 8,760 kW.Hrs.

  • For devices with a CUF of 17%, the energy output from a 10 KWp device will be 14,890 kW.Hrs.
  • For devices with a CUF of 32%, the energy output from a 10 KWp device wil be 28,000 kW.Hr

 

Consider:  What is a typical installation CUF in Ontario renewable energy residential installations?

Our Findings:

  • Fixed roof mounted solar photo-voltaic solutions operating in northern Ontario typically have a CUF of 10%.
  • Dual axis solar photo-voltaic solutions that track the sun's path have a CUF of 17%

Our Plan:

OUR SOLUTIONS WILL HAVE AN ENHANCED CUF FACTOR OF 32%, RESULTING IN A SIZEABLE INCREASE OF OUTPUT PER UNIT OF INSTALLED GENERATOR CAPACITY.

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