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Dust and PV Performance in Nigeria: A review

Chanchangi, Yusuf N.; Ghosh, Aritra; Sundaram, Senthilarasu; Mallick, Tapas K.


Yusuf N. Chanchangi

Aritra Ghosh

Tapas K. Mallick


The accumulation of dust on photovoltaic (PV) devices has an adverse impact by degrading their performance. In this work, a review of the effects of dust accumulation on PV module performance and measures to mitigate them have been provided. Energy losses from PV due to dust is an issue which cannot be ignored and can be an obstacle to achieving renewable energy targets in Nigeria. However, this paper presents a number of mitigation techniques which are available to maintain a certain level of performance. There is a need for further conduct comprehensive research on the effects of dust in all geopolitical regions in Nigeria to acquire data that can be used for designing the PV module system considering the most suitable technique in reducing or preventing the effects of soiling in each specific area.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 3, 2020
Online Publication Date Jan 21, 2020
Publication Date 2020-04
Deposit Date Mar 13, 2023
Publicly Available Date Mar 13, 2023
Journal Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
Print ISSN 1364-0321
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 121
Article Number 109704
Keywords Soiling, Dust, PV performance, Mitigation techniques, Nigeria


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