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Click the Fuels button under the Resources tab in the toolbar at the top of the page. The Fuel Resource page appears.

When adding a Generator, Boiler, or Reformer Component, you must select a fuel. For the generic built-in components, the default fuel is diesel. You can leave diesel as the fuel or change to a different fuel in the library. Several common fuels are already in the library. You can also define your own custom fuel.

When you add a generator, boiler, or reformer, HOMER adds the corresponding fuel to your model by making a copy of the fuel from the library. You can add, remove, or modify fuels on the Fuel Resource page. You can also access the Fuel Resource page from the Generator, Reformer, or Boiler Component pages, by clicking the Manage Fuels button that appears next to the fuel selection drop-down menu (shown below).

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On the Fuel Resource page, select a fuel from the drop-down menu and click Add. You can change the properties of the fuel, as described in the table below. Changes to the fuel properties in this menu do not affect the fuel properties in the library. If you change the fuel properties and want to save the modified fuel in your user library, click the Copy to Library button.

Properties

Variable

Description

Name

A unique name for the fuel.

Lower Heating Value (MJ/kg)

The energy released per kg of fuel combusted.

Density (kg/m3)

Density in kg/m3 (the density of water is 1000 kg/m3).

Carbon Content (%)

The mass-based carbon content of the fuel, in %.

Sulfur Content (%)

The mass-based sulfur content of the fuel, in %.

Fuel Type: Conventional

Typical fuels that are purchased at the specified price per unit from an external source (i.e., Diesel, Gasoline, etc.).

Fuel Type: Stored Hydrogen

If this box is checked, the fuel can only be produced by the Electrolyzer or Reformer Components, and it cannot be purchased. The fuel can only be used by Components that can connect to the hydrogen bus.

Fuel Type: Uses biomass resource

If this box is checked, this fuel can only be produced by the Biomass Resource.

Fuel Price

Default price for this fuel. After the fuel is added to a model, the fuel price or sensitivity values can be chosen for the scenario in the model.

Limit Consumption

Components using this fuel do not operate after the total system consumption exceeds the value set in Quantity Available. This input is ignored if Bio Fuel or Stored Hydrogen is selected. Fuels with limited quantity cannot be used in Boiler or Reformer Components.

Quantity Available

The maximum quantity of fuel the system can use per year. This input is only used if Limit Consumption is selected. This input is ignored if the fuel is not an Conventional type fuel. Limit Consumption can only be used in the generator.

Units

The preferred units for the amount and price of the fuel: Liters, kg, or cubic meters.

You can remove the fuel from the model by clicking the gray X in the corresponding row of the table of fuels available in the model. If you try to remove a fuel that is being used by any components in the model, you see an error message telling you which components are using the fuel. To remove the fuel, you first need to change the components' fuels so that none of them are using the fuel you want to remove.

See also

Create a New Fuel