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A geospatial assessment of small-scale hydropower potential in sub-saharan Africa
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Energy Technology, Energy Systems Analysis.
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Energy Technology, Energy Systems Analysis.
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Energy Technology, Energy Systems Analysis.
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2018 (English)In: Energies, ISSN 1996-1073, E-ISSN 1996-1073, Vol. 11, no 11, article id 3100Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Sub-Saharan Africa has been at the epicenter of an ongoing global dialogue around the issue of energy poverty. More than half of the world's population without access to modern energy services lives there. It also happens to be a sub-continent with plentiful renewable energy resource potential. Hydropower is one of them, and to a large extent it remains untapped. This study focuses on the technical assessment of small-scale hydropower (0.01-10 MW) in Sub-Saharan Africa. The underlying methodology was based on open source geospatial datasets, whose combination allowed a consistent evaluation of 712,615 km of river network spanning over 44 countries. Environmental, topological, and social constraints were included in the form of constraints in the optimization algorithm. The results are presented on a country and power pool basis.

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MDPI AG , 2018. Vol. 11, no 11, article id 3100
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Electrification, Geographic information systems, Hydropower, Sub-Saharan Africa, Economic and social effects, Energy poverties, Hydropower potential, Optimization algorithms, Social constraints, Technical assessment, Hydroelectric power
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-247086DOI: 10.3390/en11113100ISI: 000451814000238Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85057780833OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-247086DiVA, id: diva2:1313431
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