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Impact of dust storms and urban air pollution on PV-power systems: Case studies from Ghana

  • In contrast to the German power supply, the energy supply in many West African countries is very unstable. Frequent power outages are not uncommon. Especially for critical infrastructures, such as hospitals, a stable power supply is vital. To compensate for the power outages, diesel generators are often used. In the future, these systems will increasingly be supplemented by PV systems and storage, so that the generator will have to be used less or not at all when needed. For the design and operation of such systems, it is necessary to better understand the atmospheric variability of PV power generation. For example, there are large variations between rainy and dry seasons, between days with high and low dust levels - caused by sandstorms (harmattan) or urban air pollution.

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Document Type:Conference Object
Author:Stefanie Meilinger, Anna Herman-Czezuch, Armelle Zemo, Matthias Bebber
Parent Title (English):EMS Annual Meeting Abstracts
Article Number:419
Publisher:Copernicus GmbH
Date of first publication:2021/06/18
Departments, institutes and facilities:Fachbereich Elektrotechnik, Maschinenbau, Technikjournalismus
Institut für Technik, Ressourcenschonung und Energieeffizienz (TREE)
Internationales Zentrum für Nachhaltige Entwicklung (IZNE)
Projects:EnerSHelF – Energieversorgung für Gesundheitseinrichtungen in Ghana
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC):5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 55 Geowissenschaften, Geologie / 551 Geologie, Hydrologie, Meteorologie
Entry in this database:2021/08/27
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International