Prospects for large-scale solar thermal electricity generation from the LIBYAN desert: technical feasibility.
Aldali, Yasser; Henderson, Douglas; Muneer, Tariq
Prof Tariq Muneer T.Muneer@napier.ac.uk
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.
Aldali, Y., Henderson, D., & Muneer, T. (2009). Prospects for large-scale solar thermal electricity generation from the LIBYAN desert: technical feasibility. In Proceedings of the ASME 2009 3rd International Conference on Energy Sustainability (517-525). https://doi.org/10.1115/ES2009-90007
|Start Date||Jul 19, 2009|
|End Date||Jul 23, 2009|
|Deposit Date||May 23, 2012|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
|Book Title||Proceedings of the ASME 2009 3rd International Conference on Energy Sustainability|
|Keywords||Solar radiation; Cylindrical Parabolic Concentrator; thermal energy; electrical generation; Libyan desert;|