A Spatial-Based Integration Model for Regional Scale Solar Energy Technical Potential

Younes Noorollahi, Mohammad Mohammadi , Hossein Yousefi, Amjad Anvari-Moghaddam*

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One of the main objectives of human society in the present century is to achieve clean and sustainable energy through utilization of renewable energy sources (RESs). In this paper, the main purpose is to identify the locations that are suitable for solar energy in the Kurdistan province of Iran. Initially, solar-related data are collected, and suitable criterion and assessment methods are chosen according to the available data. Then, the theoretical potential of solar energy is assessed and the solar radiation map is prepared. Moreover, the technical potential of various solar technologies is evaluated in that study area. These technologies include concentrating solar power (CSP) and photovoltaic (PV) in power plant applications, and rooftop PV panels and solar water heaters in general applications. The results show that the Kurdistan province has the potential capacity for 691 MW of solar photovoltaic power plants and 645 MW of CSP plants. In the case of using solar water heaters, 283 million cubic meters of natural gas and 1.2 million liters of gasoline could be saved in fuel consumption. The savings in the application of domestic PV will be 10.2 MW in power generation.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftSustainability
Vol/bind12
Udgave nummer5
Sider (fra-til)1-19
ISSN2071-1050
StatusUdgivet - 2020

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