Solar photovoltaic generation potential and plant capactiy in Northern Iraq

Azabany, Azad, Khan, Khalid orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-1296-7927 and Ahmed, Waqar orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-4152-5172 (2014) Solar photovoltaic generation potential and plant capactiy in Northern Iraq. Asian Journal of Sience and Technology, 5 (7). pp. 423-426. ISSN 0976-3376

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Energy is an essential requirement globally, a reliable supply of energy is vital for our modern life; nowadays the majority of the energy supply comes from non-renewable energy sources such as fossil fuel. In the last three decades “Global Warming” has increasingly become a major concern for the future of our planet. More dependency and the use of fossil fuel to generate electricity in order to match the rapid power demand due to development of technology and increasing populations have resulted in huge pollution and damage of the environment. The reliance on fossil fuel sources needs to be reduced
by efficient energy management and replacement with renewable energy sources. Solar energy photovoltaic cells (PV) have emerged as promising candidates. This study aims to introduce the feasibility and potential of solar electricity generation on the basis of solar radiation data gained from Agro-Meteorological-sub-sector [1], in the Erbil-Northern Iraq region. Analysis using linear regression and insolation data available for the region suggests that significant electricity output can be generated using solar power from available fixed plant areas. The results and the measurement calculations used justify and support clearly the method been utilised in the study

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