30 Mar '17, 1pm

U.S. study maps out clear strategy for renewable energy development in Africa

U.S. study maps out clear strategy for renewable energy development in Africa

The research team assessed the potential for large solar and wind farms in 21 countries. They concluded the project sites should be close to transmission infrastructure or to cities, slashing the risk and cost involved in installing huge lengths of power lines and also improving efficiency. Their analysis also showed choosing wind sites to match the timing of wind generation with electricity demand is less costly overall than choosing sites with the greatest wind energy production. Assuming adequate transmission lines, strategies that take into account the timing of wind generation result in a more even distribution of wind capacity across countries than those that maximize energy production. The report goes on to state strategic siting of renewable power in this way could reduce the need for conventional generation capacity by 9.5 percent, resulting in cost savings of up ...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergymagazine.com/panorama/u-s-study...

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