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Design of a solar home system for an unelectrified household in a rural community in the province of Limpopo, South Africa

Arend, S. (2020) Design of a solar home system for an unelectrified household in a rural community in the province of Limpopo, South Africa.

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Abstract:In rural sub-Saharan Africa 77.4% of the population does not have access to electricity. Connecting isolated areas to the grid results in losses for the power suppliers in Africa in 80% of the cases. Off-grid electrification solutions such as solar home systems are required to achieve the SDG 7 defined by the UN as universal electrification by 2030. A literature review as well as interviews with students and staff from the UJ-PEETS that have been directly involved with the implementation of solar system in South Africa have been conducted. Based on the obtained information, a model methodology was presented that enabled the simulation and evaluation of solar home system performance. Traditional generic solar home system sizing methods are often based on a number of nights or days of autonomy. A case-specific sizing approach was designed to optimise the size compared to generic sizing methods that in turn increased household affordability. Possibilities due to large amounts of additional wasted energies were explored and recommendations for future work discussed, which could further improve the positive impact of solar home systems on education, income and overall quality of life.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:53 electrotechnology
Programme:Electrical Engineering BSc (56953)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/82332
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