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The potential of concentrating solar power (CSP) for electricity generation in Libya

Basim Belgasim, Yasser Aldali, Mohammad J.R. Abdunnabi, Gamal Hashem and Khaled Hossin

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2018, vol. 90, issue C, 1-15

Abstract: The rapid increase in energy demand and the limited resources of fossil fuel as well as the environmentally damaging effects, drive the world to find new options for sustainable electricity generation, which is represented by renewable energies. Concentrating solar power (CSP) is one of the most promising technologies in the field of electricity generation to tackle this issue with a competitive cost in the future. This paper presents an investigation of the potential of implementation of CSP plants in Libya. The socio-economic context, current energy situation of the country and different types of CSP plants are discussed. Moreover, an assessment of site parameters required for CSP plants including solar resources, land use and topography, water resources and grid connections are investigated in detail. In addition, thermo-economic simulation of a 50 MW parabolic trough power plant is performed. The simulation is conducted based on meteorological data measured by the weather station installed at the Centre for Solar Energy Research and Studies (CSERS) in Tajoura city. The performance results are compared with the reference plant Andasol-1 in Spain. Even though the proposed plant is located on the North coast where solar resources are at their minimum compared with other regions of the country, the outcome of the study proves that Libya is not only suitable but it can be economically competitive in the implementation of CSP technology.

Keywords: Resources assessments; Concentrating solar power (CSP); Weather data; Libya (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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