By Bobbo Nfor Tansi
Cameroon has mammoth renewable power source potentials, with a hydropower power of approximately fifty five, 200MW, moment basically to the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa. to this point, its power wishes are met through 4.8% hydropower (which money owed for under five% of its overall hydropower potential), zero% wind and zero% sun. Cameroons' power quarter nonetheless is going via inadequate electricity construction, particularly in the course of the middle of the dry season, which runs from December via March. Coincidentally, the wind and solar energy potentials for Cameroon are at their height in the course of those months and will with ease complement for the shortfalls in new release in the course of those periods.
In this examine, technical analyses have been conducted to figure out the wind and solar power source potentials for Cameroon utilizing the RETScreen software program instrument supplied through CANMET Canada.
These research published that the northern areas of Cameroon had greater wind and sun source potentials than the other situation in Cameroon. A 2MW put in wind power potential will be in a position to producing good over 1.5GWh electricity according to 12 months, whereas a 2KW put in solar power capability might be able to producing good over 3MWh electricity in keeping with yr. within the ultimate sections, monetary research have been performed to figure out the commercial viability of such initiatives and the chance for self-financing. Emission analyses have been additionally performed in line with the facility for such tasks to offset greenhouse fuel emissions and make sure sustainability within the strength sector.
The research for Maroua published that 78.6tCO2/yr for wind and 0.1tCO2/yr for sun may be diminished by means of these installations.
Finally, the law and criminal frameworks governing the power quarter in Cameroon have been dissected to figure out attainable weaknesses and constraints restricting the use, advertising and improvement of the entire strength of Cameroon's renewable strength resources.
Bobbo Nfor Tansi, used to be born in 1982 in Nkambe - Cameroon. After highschool, he studied Geology and Environmental technological know-how on the college of Buea Cameroon and later moved to Cottbus Germany the place he did his M.Sc. in Environmental and source administration. in the course of his M.Sc. software, he took an interest within the strength box specially renewable strength. involved over the susceptible economic climate and negative cutting-edge of strength, he has lengthy been engaged in researches to advertise the use and improvement of renewable strength for a sustainable destiny specifically in Cameroon and Africa. An aspiring PhD scholar, he presently is living in Berlin Germany.
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A host of tools performs detailed engineering calculations directly applicable to RETScreen - for example, for sizing a ground heat exchanger or estimating the thermal properties of a building envelope - and helps with unit conversions, steam properties, GHG equivalencies and more. Apart from software, RETScreen offers a comprehensive distance learning course, training material in many languages, a detailed textbook revealing the algorithms behind RETScreen and providing background information on clean energy technologies, case studies, and links to energy resource maps (RETScreen, 2005).
The enabling tools are also intended to significantly reduce the duration and cost of the analysis itself, so that more RET projects can be considered and ultimately, more will be built. According to CANMET, 1991 numerous opportunities are currently being missed around the world for implementing commercially viable clean energy projects because various decision-makers still do not routinely consider them. National and regional planners, industrial engineers, commercial and institutional building architects and utility and community energy planners, for example, often fail to appreciate the benefits of energy efficient and renewable energy technologies (RETs) at the critically important initial planning stage, even when the technologies have proven to be cost 15 effective and reliable in similar situations elsewhere (CANMET, 1991).
8 Electricity exported to grid. MWh. 187 155 222 241 198 115 88 81 0 87 145 213 1,732 Following the above results, it is obvious that Maroua has a moderate prospect for electricity generating capacity from wind. Comparatively though, it is the best location 43 for wind energy in Cameroon. Peak months could be noted in April when the winds are strongest whereas in the month of September, the winds are low and therefore would not be capable of generation. Based on this result, 2,016 of such wind plants would be required to generate 3,490GWh energy for Cameroon in this location and operating under the same circumstances.