Development of an energy potential estimation model for concentrated solar plants penetration in the GCC region

Author(s): Abdulrahman Joubi, Keiichi Okajima
Graduate School of System and Information Engineering, University of Tsukuba, 305-8573 SB,1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba, Japan
International Journal of Smart Grid and Clean Energy, vol. 9, no. 6, November 2020: pp. 1000-1010
ISSN: 2315-4462 (Print)
ISSN: 2373-3594 (Online)
Digital Object Identifier: 10.12720/sgce.9.6.1000-1010

Abstract: The rise of electricity demand and CO2 emissions in the Middle East and North Africa region has made it necessary to rely on new energy resources. As the region possesses an abundance of sunlight and vast empty areas, such as deserts, attention has shifted towards solar technologies. Although some renewable energy projects in the region are planned, the full potential of the solar and renewables has yet not been well explored. This may be due to a lack of conviction on the part of policy makers in a region where the Gulf Cooperation Countries are rich with fuel and natural gas and, over the years, have been relied upon as a source of cheap and readily available electricity. In this study a model for large-scale application of Concentrated Solar Plants is considered, to calculate maximum energy that Solar Tower CSP can provide in the GCC region. The outcome is to be used to reduce CO2 emissions and satisfy future demand and extra energy to be used for Hydrogen production and exportation, making the investment in such large scheme profitable.

Keywords: the middle east region, gulf cooperation countries, concentrated solar plants, energy potential
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