SOLAR ENERGY POTENTIAL AND ITS DEVELOPMENT FORTAINABLE ENERGY GENERATION IN NIGERIA: A ROAD MAP TO ACHIEVING THIS FEAT

Oghogho, Ikponmwosa (2014) SOLAR ENERGY POTENTIAL AND ITS DEVELOPMENT FORTAINABLE ENERGY GENERATION IN NIGERIA: A ROAD MAP TO ACHIEVING THIS FEAT. International Journal of Engineering and Management Sciences, 5 (2). pp. 61-67. ISSN 7 ISSN 2229-600X

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Abstract

The paper discusses the solar energy potential for sustainable energy generation in Nigeria, the numerous issues involved in harnessing solar energy and clearly articulates a road map to enable Nigeria tap into this huge potential. Research indicate that, Nigeria lying in the tropics, receives abundant sunshine where about 1500PJ (about 258 million barrels of oil equivalent) could be available to Nigeria annually from solar energy if solar appliances with 5% conversion efficiency were used over only one per cent of the total land area of the country for about six months of a year. Due to the numerous disadvantages of conventional fuel sources when compared with solar energy and the recent giant strides in improving solar cell efficiency using a photovoltaic (PV) device that converts 40.8% of light that hits it into electricity, Nigeria needs to reposition herself by investing in this invaluable resource to secure the energy future of our economy. This paper shows a road map that Nigeria and by extension any developing country can follow to achieve this feat.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Electronics and Computer Science
Depositing User: Engr Dr IKPONMWOSA OGHOGHO
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2014 19:45
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2014 19:45
URI: http://eprints.lmu.edu.ng/id/eprint/155

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