A cost analysis of very large scale PV (VLS-PV) system on the world deserts

Kosuke Kurokawa*, Kazuhiko Kato, Masakazu Ito, Keiichi Komoto, Tetsuo Kichimi, Hiroyuki Sugihara


研究成果: Conference contribution

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To preserve the Earth, a 100MW very large-scale photovoltaic power generation (VLS-PV) system is estimated assuming that it is installed on the would deserts, which are Sahara, Negev, Thar, Sonora, Great Sandy and Gobi desert. These deserts are good for installing the system because of its big irradiation and large land area. PV array is dimensioned in detail in terms of array layout, support, foundation, wiring and so on. Then generation cost of the system is estimated based on the methodology of Life-Cycle Cost (LCC). As a result of the estimation, the generation cost is calculated as 5.3 cent/kWh on Sahara desert, 6.4 cent/kWh on Gobi desert assuming PV module price of S1.0/W, system lifetime of 30 years and interest rate of 3%. These results suggest that VLS-PV systems are economically feasible on sufficient irradiation site even if existing PV system technologies are applied, when PV module price will decrease to a level.of $1.0/W.

ホスト出版物のタイトルConference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
出版ステータスPublished - 2002
イベント29th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference - New Orleans, LA, United States
継続期間: 2002 5月 192002 5月 24


Other29th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
国/地域United States
CityNew Orleans, LA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 制御およびシステム工学
  • 凝縮系物理学


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