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Planning Sustainable Energy Systems in the Global South Using Energy Modeling Software

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "A: Sustainable Energy".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2024 | Viewed by 3925

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Regional Leading Research Center for Smart Energy Systems, School of Convergence & Fusion Systems Engineering, Kyungpook National University, Sangju 37224, Republic of Korea
Interests: energy modeling optimization; renewable energy planning; energy transition; energy decarbonization; energy management; techno-economic analysis; on-grid and off-grid modeling; renewable energy technologies; energy efficiency
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School of Material Science and Engineering, Kyungpook National University, Daegu 41566, Republic of Korea
Interests: climate change; hybrid renewable energy systems; feasibility analysis; PV material technology; energy management; clean energy transition; energy modeling

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Most countries in the Global South are naturally endowed with diverse, renewable, solar, wind, hydro, and geothermal energy sources. These sources can potentially provide both rural villages and urban cities with sufficient elecritcity. There is a need to invest in renewable energy sources and end the reliance on non-renewable energy sources, which accounts for 70% of the total electricity generated in that region. However, access to electricity remains a key policy issue for most of the Global South, and it is important to increase renewable energy use and improve access to electricity for all. 

This Special Issue welcomes original research articles, review articles, and case studies/reports on using sustainable energy tools such as RETScreen, HOMER, LEAP, MESSAGE, OSeMOSYS, WASP, TIMES, and PVsyst for energy planning in the Global South.

This Special Collection.

Topics of interest for publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Energy decarbonization modeling;
  • Energy transition modeling;
  • On-grid and off-grid renewable energy modelling;
  • Renewable energy financing and investment;
  • Electric vehicles and hydrogen technology;
  • Energy storage system;
  • Smart energy systems;
  • Techno-economic analysis;
  • Smart transportation modeling;
  • Energy efficiency and management.

Dr. Abdulhameed Babatunde Owolabi
Prof. Dr. Jeung-Soo Huh
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Keywords

  • sustainable energy
  • renewable energy
  • modeling
  • energy decarbonization
  • feasibility analysis
  • energy optimization
  • clean transition
  • energy policy
  • energy financing

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Techno-Economic Optimization of Mini-Grid Systems in Nigeria: A Case Study of a PV–Battery–Diesel Hybrid System
by Hillary Iruka Elegeonye, Abdulhameed Babatunde Owolabi, Olayinka Soledayo Ohunakin, Abdulfatai Olatunji Yakub, Abdullahi Yahaya, Noel Ngando Same, Dongjun Suh and Jeung-Soo Huh
Energies 2023, 16(12), 4645; https://doi.org/10.3390/en16124645 - 11 Jun 2023
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This paper presents a feasibility analysis of the technical, environmental, and economic sustainability of an existing mini-grid technology system in Nigeria. The study investigates the cost and other operational parameters of the Gbamu-Gbamu solar–battery–diesel hybrid mini-grid, specifically the 85 kWp solar PV installation [...] Read more.
This paper presents a feasibility analysis of the technical, environmental, and economic sustainability of an existing mini-grid technology system in Nigeria. The study investigates the cost and other operational parameters of the Gbamu-Gbamu solar–battery–diesel hybrid mini-grid, specifically the 85 kWp solar PV installation in the Ijebu East Local Government area of Ogun state. Situated within the Owo forest in South-West Nigeria, the mini-grid aims to reduce the effects of global warming and promote sustainable technological development in rural communities by increasing energy access through renewable sources. To assess the system’s viability, this research utilized RETScreen Expert software to validate the techno-economic and environmental sustainability of the installed mini-grid solar–PV–battery–diesel system in the region. Climatic data for the study were obtained from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The results demonstrate that the system is economically feasible and environmentally viable, as indicated by the positive net present value (NPV) and an average monthly irradiance of 4.78 kW/h/m2. Furthermore, the system achieved a 92.9% reduction in GHG emissions, provided a reasonable payback period of four years, and enabled a yearly electricity export of 203 MWh. These findings highlight the system’s potential to enhance energy access and mitigate climate change. Full article
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Analysis of a Solar Hybrid Electricity Generation System for a Rural Community in River State, Nigeria
by Kelvin Nkalo Ukoima, Abdulhameed Babatunde Owolabi, Abdulfatai Olatunji Yakub, Noel Ngando Same, Dongjun Suh and Jeung-Soo Huh
Energies 2023, 16(8), 3431; https://doi.org/10.3390/en16083431 - 13 Apr 2023
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This paper presents the technical and economic analysis of a solar–wind electricity generation system to meet the power requirements of a rural community (Okorobo-Ile Town in Rivers State, Nigeria) using the Renewable—energy and Energy—efficiency Technology Screening (RETScreen) software. The entire load estimation of [...] Read more.
This paper presents the technical and economic analysis of a solar–wind electricity generation system to meet the power requirements of a rural community (Okorobo-Ile Town in Rivers State, Nigeria) using the Renewable—energy and Energy—efficiency Technology Screening (RETScreen) software. The entire load estimation of the region was classified into high class, middle class, and lower class. Two annual electricity export rates were considered: 0.1 USD/KWh and 0.2 USD/KWh. The results from the proposed energy model comprising a 600 kW PV system and a 50 kW wind system showed that with a USD 870,000 initial cost and USD 9600 O&M cost, the annual value of the electricity generated was 902 MWh. The simple payback was 5.1 years with a net present value of USD 3,409,532 when 0.2 USD/KWh was used as the annual export rate instead of 10.8 years for simple payback and an NPV of USD 1,173,766 when 0.1 USD/KWh was used. Thus, there is a potential to install a wind–solar system with average weather conditions of 4.27 kWh/m2/d for the solar irradiance and 3.2 m/s for the wind speed at a 10 m hub height using a rate of 0.2 USD/KWh as the electricity export rate. Full article
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