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Impact of aerosols on photovoltaic energy production using a spectrally resolved model chain: A case study for Sub-Sahara West-Africa

  • West Africa has a great potential for the application of solar energy systems, as it combines high levels of solar irradiance with a lack of energy production. Southern West Africa is a region with a very high aerosol load. Urbanization, uncontrolled fires, traffic as well as power plants and oil rigs lead to increasing anthropogenic emissions. The naturally circulating north winds bring mineral dust from the Sahel and Sahara and monsoons - sea salt and other oceanic compounds from the south. The EU-funded Dynamics-Aerosol-Chemistry-Cloud Interactions in West Africa (DACCIWA) project (2014–2018), dlivered the most complete dataset of the atmosphere over the region to date. In our study, we use in-situ measured optical properties of aerosols from the airborne campaign over the Gulf of Guinea and inland, and from ground measurements in coastal cities.

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Document Type:Conference Object
Author:Stefanie Meilinger, Anna Herman-Czezuch, Armelle Zemo Mekeng, Nicola Kimiaie, James Barry
Parent Title (English):D-A-CH MeteorologieTagung, 21. bis 25. März 2022 in Leipzig
Article Number:217
Publisher:Copernicus GmbH
Publishing Institution:Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
Date of first publication:2021/12/18
Funding:Funding was provided by the German BMWi under contract 0350009A and BMBF under contract 03SF0567A-.
Departments, institutes and facilities:Internationales Zentrum für Nachhaltige Entwicklung (IZNE)
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC):5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 55 Geowissenschaften, Geologie / 551 Geologie, Hydrologie, Meteorologie
Entry in this database:2022/01/12
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International