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Investigating the Performance of Rural Off-Grid Photovoltaic System with Electric-Mobility Solutions: A Case Study Based on Kenya

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Journal of Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems
Volume 10, Issue 1, March 2022, 1090391
DOI: https://doi.org/10.13044/j.sdewes.d9.0391
Aminu Bugaje , Mathias Ehrenwirth, Christoph Trinkl, Wilfried Zoerner
Institute of new Energy Systems, Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt Esplanade 10, 85049, Ingolstadt, Germany

Abstract

Over the last years, stand-alone and / or hybrid photovoltaic systems have spread in rural areas especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. Compared to conventional systems (typically diesel generators), these systems can provide a reliable electricity supply at reasonable costs with low degree of greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, this paper focuses on modelling and investigation of an off-grid photovoltaic system (charging station) performance based on a located in Kenya. However, the model can be adapted to any other region and any type of photovoltaic systems module by changing model input data such as solar radiation, air temperature, longitude, latitude, load profile and standard test conditions parameters of the photovoltaic systems module. The modelled photovoltaic system (charging station) will be used to provide reliable and clean electricity for a number of important tasks (e.g. water purification, charging special floatable lanterns and electric bikes).

Keywords: Lake Victoria, Photovoltaic, off-grid, charging station, model, Sub-Saharan Africa, electric mobility

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