Cost analysis of solar home system for rural area of Mogadishu using homer software

Mohamed, Abubakar Hassan (2021) Cost analysis of solar home system for rural area of Mogadishu using homer software. Masters thesis, Universiti Tun Hussein Malaysia.


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This project discusses the cost analysis of solar home system that will be used by the village located in rural area Mogadishu, Somalia. Energy is a basic need for the overall growth and improvements of people’s living standard. But around 2 to 3 billion people in the world have no access to electric lighting. Like other developing countries, the rural electrification in Somalia is very low and government takes some actions to promote the investment in these areas but due to economic constraints and low level of technological advancement the growth is very low. This study focuses on solar PV based rural electrification, its impact on environment and socio-economic development in rural areas of the capital city of Somalia using HOMER software to calculate energy demand and cost of electrification. The data required for solar sunshine hours were obtained from NASA surface meteorology and solar energy database. The study was conducted for 50 typical medium houses in rural areas in Mogadishu. The simulations result has shown that it is more advantageous to use a 70.92 kW solar home system for 50 family homes electrification, although the initial capital investment is higher and cheaper than the connected system. The cost of energy in $/KWh is 0.203. Therefore, the optimal solution was considered in terms of cost and system size of the 330W system which fulfils the electricity demand in rural and urban areas. Finally, In Mogadishu, this project's work serves as a foundation for conducting the research for the long-term viability of this solution, not only in the city, but also throughout the country where the sun shines brightly and where simulations' findings are essential.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering > TK1001-1841 Production of electric energy or power. Powerplants. Central stations
Divisions: Faculty of Electrical and Electronic Engineering > Department of Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: Mrs. Sabarina Che Mat
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2022 06:56
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2022 06:56

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