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Spatial Modelling of Solar Energy Potential in Kenya

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dc.contributor.author Oloo Francis
dc.contributor.author Olang, Luke
dc.contributor.author Strobl, Josef
dc.date.accessioned 2017-09-27T06:05:47Z
dc.date.available 2017-09-27T06:05:47Z
dc.date.issued 2017-09-27
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/1706
dc.description Journal Article en_US
dc.description.abstract Solar energy is one of the readily available renewable energy resources in the developing countries within the tropical region. Kenya is one of the countries which receive an average of approximately 6.5 sunshine hours in a single day throughout the year. However, there is slow adoption of solar energy resources in the country due to limited information on the spatial variability solar energy potential. This study aims at assessing the potential of photovoltaic solar energy in Kenya. The factors that influence incident solar radiation which were considered in this task included atmospheric transmissivity and topography. The influence of atmospheric transmissivity was factored in by modeling monthly transmissivity factors from a combination of cloud cover, diffuse ratios and the effect of altitude. The contribution of topography was included by applying hemispherical view shed analysis to determine the amount of incident global radiation on the surface based on the orientation of the terrain. GIS concepts were used to integrate the spatial datasets from different themes. The results showed that, about 70% of the land area in Kenya has the potential of receiving approximately 5 kWh/m2/day throughout the year. In outline, this work successfully assessed the spatio-temporal variability in the characteristics of solar energy potential in Kenya and can be used as a basis for policy support in the country. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries International Journal of Sustainability Energy Planning and Management;Vol. 06 2016; 17-30
dc.subject Spatial modeling en_US
dc.subject Solar energy; en_US
dc.subject Renewable energy; en_US
dc.subject GIS; en_US
dc.title Spatial Modelling of Solar Energy Potential in Kenya en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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