Articles | Volume 20, issue 21
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 12871–12888, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-12871-2020
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 20, 12871–12888, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-12871-2020

Research article 05 Nov 2020

Research article | 05 Nov 2020

Photovoltaic power potential in West Africa using long-term satellite data

Ina Neher et al.

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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (05 Aug 2020) by Stelios Kazadzis
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ED: Publish as is (28 Aug 2020) by Stelios Kazadzis
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Photovoltaic power is one current option to meet the rising energy demand with low environmental impact. Global horizontal irradiance (GHI) is the fuel for photovoltaic power installations and needs to be evaluated to plan and dimension power plants. In this study, 35 years of satellite-based GHI data are analyzed over West Africa to determine their impact on photovoltaic power generation. The major challenges for the development of a solar-based power system in West Africa are then outlined.
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