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Assessment of large scale photovoltaic power generation from carport canopies

Assessment of large scale photovoltaic power generation from carport canopies
Assessment of large scale photovoltaic power generation from carport canopies
Reliance on fossil fuel-driven energy supply is a major contributor to global emissions. In order to stay within the Paris Agreement’s temperature rise limits, current and growing energy consumption will need to be significantly underpinned by deployment of low/non-carbon power generation. This work promotes power generation at the megawatt scale from solar photovoltaics (PV) systems deployed in untapped car parking areas, which are estimated to represent up to ~6.6% of the urban footprint within cities. The methodology developed is globally applicable to support PV development, including site selection and PV array configuration. It is underpinned by a case study in a university campus, which has a similar footprint as assigned in cities for vehicle parking. The methodology demonstrates that less than 1% of the available parking spaces are affected by shadows from surrounding buildings or vegetation. The work shows that by utilising such parking areas within the selected campus a PV installation with a capacity of ~36.4 MWp, which can generate ~66.2 GWh of electricity annually, would be feasible. Financial analysis based on multiple scenarios indicates that a 50% return on investment is achievable over 25 years at an export tariff of USD ¢4.5/kWh, which is commensurate with the latest granted bids for a similar export tariff.
1996-1073
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Alghamdi, Abdulsalam
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Bahaj, Abubakr
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Wu, Yue
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Alghamdi, Abdulsalam
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Bahaj, Abubakr
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Wu, Yue
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Alghamdi, Abdulsalam, Bahaj, Abubakr and Wu, Yue (2017) Assessment of large scale photovoltaic power generation from carport canopies. Energies, 10 (5), 1-22. (doi:10.3390/en10050686).

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Reliance on fossil fuel-driven energy supply is a major contributor to global emissions. In order to stay within the Paris Agreement’s temperature rise limits, current and growing energy consumption will need to be significantly underpinned by deployment of low/non-carbon power generation. This work promotes power generation at the megawatt scale from solar photovoltaics (PV) systems deployed in untapped car parking areas, which are estimated to represent up to ~6.6% of the urban footprint within cities. The methodology developed is globally applicable to support PV development, including site selection and PV array configuration. It is underpinned by a case study in a university campus, which has a similar footprint as assigned in cities for vehicle parking. The methodology demonstrates that less than 1% of the available parking spaces are affected by shadows from surrounding buildings or vegetation. The work shows that by utilising such parking areas within the selected campus a PV installation with a capacity of ~36.4 MWp, which can generate ~66.2 GWh of electricity annually, would be feasible. Financial analysis based on multiple scenarios indicates that a 50% return on investment is achievable over 25 years at an export tariff of USD ¢4.5/kWh, which is commensurate with the latest granted bids for a similar export tariff.

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Accepted/In Press date: 5 May 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 13 May 2017
Published date: 2017

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Local EPrints ID: 422697
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/422697
ISSN: 1996-1073
PURE UUID: e97efc40-1e27-43f9-b6e7-6d14d3172612
ORCID for Abubakr Bahaj: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-0043-6045
ORCID for Yue Wu: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-4112-7935

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Date deposited: 31 Jul 2018 16:30
Last modified: 20 Jul 2019 01:29

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