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Prospects for large-scale solar thermal electricity generation from the LIBYAN desert: technical feasibility.

Aldali, Yasser; Henderson, Douglas; Muneer, Tariq


Yasser Aldali

Douglas Henderson


The Great Sahara desert covers the entire range of Libyan longitude 11o 44’ to 23o 58’ E and a latitude range of 24o 17’ through to 30o 31’N, thus covering an area of 1,750,000 sq km and 88% of this land is desert. The authors have measured hourly solar radiation at Kufra oasis (24o 17’N, 23o 15’E) within the Libyan Desert and found it to be a most reliable and consistent energy resource - the rain fall averages a few mm every 30 years. With no cloud cover throughout the year, the measured noon clearness-index often exceeding 0.84 and availability of large volumes of potable water from underground aquifers, large-scale electrical generation warrants a serious feasibility study. This article presents the technical feasibility for Cylindrical Parabolic Concentrator (CPC) thermal energy conversion.

Start Date Jul 19, 2009
End Date Jul 23, 2009
Publication Date 2009
Deposit Date May 23, 2012
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2
Pages 517-525
Book Title Proceedings of the ASME 2009 3rd International Conference on Energy Sustainability
ISBN 978-0-7918-4890-6
Keywords Solar radiation; Cylindrical Parabolic Concentrator; thermal energy; electrical generation; Libyan desert;
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