By Bobbo Nfor Tansi
Cameroon has big renewable strength source potentials, with a hydropower strength of approximately fifty five, 200MW, moment in basic terms to the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa. up to now, its power wishes are met by means of 4.8% hydropower (which bills for only five% of its overall hydropower potential), zero% wind and zero% sun. Cameroons' strength zone nonetheless is going via inadequate electricity creation, specifically in the course of the middle of the dry season, which runs from December via March. Coincidentally, the wind and solar energy potentials for Cameroon are at their height in the course of those months and will comfortably complement for the shortfalls in new release in the course of those periods.
In this examine, technical analyses have been conducted to figure out the wind and solar power source potentials for Cameroon utilizing the RETScreen software program instrument supplied by means of CANMET Canada.
These research printed that the northern areas of Cameroon had larger wind and sun source potentials than the other position in Cameroon. A 2MW put in wind strength potential will be able to producing good over 1.5GWh electricity in step with 12 months, whereas a 2KW put in solar power skill can be in a position to producing good over 3MWh electricity in step with yr. within the ultimate sections, monetary research have been conducted to figure out the industrial viability of such tasks and the prospect for self-financing. Emission analyses have been additionally performed in keeping with the power for such initiatives to offset greenhouse gasoline emissions and make sure sustainability within the power sector.
The research for Maroua printed that 78.6tCO2/yr for wind and 0.1tCO2/yr for sunlight should be diminished via these installations.
Finally, the legislation and felony frameworks governing the power area in Cameroon have been dissected to figure out attainable weaknesses and constraints proscribing the use, promoting and improvement of the whole capability of Cameroon's renewable power resources.
Bobbo Nfor Tansi, was once born in 1982 in Nkambe - Cameroon. After highschool, he studied Geology and Environmental technology on the collage of Buea Cameroon and later moved to Cottbus Germany the place he did his M.Sc. in Environmental and source administration. in the course of his M.Sc. application, he took an interest within the strength box particularly renewable strength. involved over the susceptible economic climate and negative cutting-edge of power, he has lengthy been engaged in researches to advertise the use and improvement of renewable power for a sustainable destiny particularly in Cameroon and Africa. An aspiring PhD scholar, he at the moment is living in Berlin Germany.
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This was used as a baseline case scenario to obtain the minimum possible limits. Actual electricity costs are given in chapters 5 and 7 according to the Cameroonian laws governing the sale of electricity. 42 Results and Discussions. Table 4-13: Wind analysis results. 7m/s. The software further assessed that a wind plant at this location would generate 1,732MWh electricity per year. A monthly assessment gave the results shown in Table 4-14 below. 8 Electricity exported to grid. MWh. 187 155 222 241 198 115 88 81 0 87 145 213 1,732 Following the above results, it is obvious that Maroua has a moderate prospect for electricity generating capacity from wind.
Firstly, the major criterion for selection was the availability of meteorological data for the location. Meteorological data for these locations were obtained through the RETScreen software from NASA. Secondly, for the analysis to cover much of Cameroon, one location was selected for each of the ten regions of Cameroon (Table 4-1, Figure 4-1). Because meteorological data could not be readily obtained for a location in the western region of Cameroon, Bafia, a location in the Centre region which is quite close to the western region, and with available data was used to assess the potential for western region.
1 RETScreen Objectives The RETScreen International Clean Energy Decision Support Centre seeks to build the capacity of planners, decision-makers and industry to implement renewable energy, cogeneration and energy efficiency projects. e. RETScreen software) that reduce the cost of pre-feasibility studies; disseminating knowledge to help people make better decisions; and by training people to better analyze the technical and financial viability of possible projects. The broad aim of the centre’s partners is to foster increased market uptake of renewable energy technologies (RETs) that reduce the reliance on conventional energy sources and which help to protect the global environment.