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Sustainable development of the West African Power Pool: Increasing solar energy integration and regional electricity trade

Adeoye, O; Spataru, C; (2018) Sustainable development of the West African Power Pool: Increasing solar energy integration and regional electricity trade. Energy for Sustainable Development , 45 pp. 124-134. 10.1016/j.esd.2018.05.007. Green open access

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Abstract

The West African region is currently experiencing the challenge of meeting rapidly the growing electricity demand which has played a critical role in the low economic development rate of the region. To tackle these challenges, the West African Power Pool was established to build regional power plants and interconnected transmission infrastructures between the countries. In this study, we develop a multi-region economic dispatch model with hourly simulations to evaluate the impact of increased integration of solar PV on the interconnected West Africa electricity network. Our results show the high integration of solar PV plants reduces the supply-demand gap and load shedding in the region. All countries in the region potentially benefit from avoided generation cost and decrease in unserved electricity demand. Our study presents a sustainable strategy to diversify from hydro and gas regional projects and invest in solar PV in order to improve electricity supply and reduce the high electricity prices in the region.

Type: Article
Title: Sustainable development of the West African Power Pool: Increasing solar energy integration and regional electricity trade
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.esd.2018.05.007
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.esd.2018.05.007
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: West African Power Pool, Interconnected electricity network, Cross-border electricity trade, Solar photovoltaic, Power system modelling, Economic dispatch
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Bartlett School Env, Energy and Resources
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10061426
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