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International Conference on Innovative Applied Energy    

E-Proceedings ISBN: 978-1-912532-05-6

St Cross College, University of Oxford, United Kingdom



Feasibility Study of Utilising 1 MW Grid-Connected Solar Photovoltaic System in Boubyan and Failaka Islands in Kuwait



Abdulla AL-Rashidi

Civil and building engineering department, Public Authority for Applied Education and Training, Kuwait



Paper Abstract

Recently, a global focus has emerged on the efficacy of using photovoltaic solar technologies to generate electricity instead of conventional power plants, or in parallel with them to satisfy energy requirements. In this study, performance parameters, environmental and economic evaluations were conducted in two of the biggest Kuwait islands, namely Boubyan and Failaka islands, to investigate 1 MW grid-connected photovoltaic system to generate electricity. The effect of using single-axis and dual-axis tracking systems was also considered.
The results show that the performance parameters values obtained by implementing single-axis and dual-axis systems are very beneficial to the electricity generation in Kuwait. The average obtained LCOE value was $0.076 /kWh for the fixed solar tracking systems, and the average LCOE values for the single-axis and dual-axis tracking systems were $0.064 /kWh, and $0.066 /kWh, respectively.
The implementation of single-axis and dual-axis tracking systems were significant. It was found that using single-axis and dual-axis PV systems can increase the average annual production by 26.4% and 31.5%, respectively. The obtained LCOE values for the single-axis and dual-axis tracking systems decreased by 15.23% and 12.58%, respectively. Moreover, a large amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) could be avoided by using such a technology. The results of the sensitivity analysis were also encouraging, and suggest very optimistic expectations regarding the successful implementation of PV technology in Kuwait. The findings of the environmental benefits analysis has shown that large amounts of GHG emissions could be avoided by implementing PV systems to generate electricity in Kuwait. This would constitute a positive contribution to helping minimize certain environmental issues, such as global warming. 

Paper Keywords
Photovoltaic; performance parameters; single-axis and dual-axis; LCOE; GHG.
Corresponding author Biography

Abdulla AL-Rashidi is an assistant professor at the civil and building engineering department at the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training. He received a B.S. degree, M.S. in civil engineering from the College of Engineering and Petroleum at Kuwait University and then a PhD from Loughborough University. His current research is in the area of renewable energy, soil-structure interaction, and finite element modeling, with an emphasis on solar photovoltaic energy systems.

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