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Document type
Journal articles

Document subtype
Full paper

Title
Persistence of the high solar potential in Africa in a changing climate

Participants in the publication
Pedro M M Soares (Author)
Dep. Engenharia Geográfica, Geofísica e Energia
IDL - Instituto Dom Luiz
Miguel C Brito (Author)
Dep. Engenharia Geográfica, Geofísica e Energia
IDL - Instituto Dom Luiz
João A M Careto (Author)
IDL - Instituto Dom Luiz

Scope
International

Refereeing
Yes

Summary
The African continent faces several challenges and threats: high vulnerability to climate change, the fastest population increase, the lowest degree of electrification and the need for an energy transition towards renewable energies. Solar energy constitutes a viable option for addressing these issues. In a changing climate the efficient implementation of solar capacity should rely on comprehensive information about the solar resource. Here, the newest and highest resolution regional climate simulation results are used to project the future photovoltaic and concentrated solar power potentials for Africa. We show that the high potentials for solar energy will not be reduced much throughout Africa with climate change. However, the PV solar potential is projected to decrease up to about −10% in limited areas of eastern central Africa; increases are also projected to the northwest and southern Africa (up to about +5%). These changes are mostly determined by changes in solar irradiance but in certain areas the warming is a critical factor limiting PV potential.

Date of Submisson/Request
2019-07-06
Date of Acceptance
2019-10-28
Date of Publication
2019-12-06

Institution
Instituto Dom Luiz (IDL), Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa, Campo Grande, 1749–016, Lisboa, Portugal

Where published
Environmental Research Letters

Publication Identifiers
ISSN - 1748-9326

Publisher
IOP Publishing

Volume
14
Number
12

Number of pages
13
Starting page
124036
Last page
124048

Document Identifiers
DOI - https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ab51a1
URL - http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ab51a1

Keywords
climate change photovoltaic production regional climate model climate change photovoltaic production regional climate model

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APA
Pedro M M Soares, Miguel C Brito, João A M Careto, (2019). Persistence of the high solar potential in Africa in a changing climate. Environmental Research Letters, 14, 124036-124048. ISSN 1748-9326. eISSN . http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ab51a1

IEEE
Pedro M M Soares, Miguel C Brito, João A M Careto, "Persistence of the high solar potential in Africa in a changing climate" in Environmental Research Letters, vol. 14, pp. 124036-124048, 2019. 10.1088/1748-9326/ab51a1

BIBTEX
@article{49505, author = {Pedro M M Soares and Miguel C Brito and João A M Careto}, title = {Persistence of the high solar potential in Africa in a changing climate}, journal = {Environmental Research Letters}, year = 2019, pages = {124036-124048}, volume = 14 }