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Ayoola, Aanuoluwa Daniel and Covenant University, Theses (2022) DEVELOPMENT OF A SOLAR CHARGING STATION FOR OFF-GRID APPLICATION. Masters thesis, Covenant University Ota.

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At the core of the growth and development of any Nation is the availability of energy for driving the other spheres of the economy. Unfortunately, while the world is moving towards new trends in providing clean and affordable energy, many underdeveloped, and developing countries are still stuck with the challenge of inadequate exploration, and utilization of conventional energy sources, and this has kept these nations backwards as compared to the developed world. This study addresses a sustainable solution, which can serve as a framework for addressing the challenge of clean and affordable energy availability for meeting basic needs in Nigeria. Of particular interest among the various renewable energy sources is solar energy which is an abundant renewable energy source in Nigeria. This study discusses the current state of energy generation, transmission, and distribution in Nigeria, and also provides an insight into Nigeria’s renewable energy potential with a focus on solar energy. The various photovoltaic technologies were also discussed, and the future of solar energy exploration too. A detailed design of solar energy charging station geared at meeting basic electricity need of people living in rural areas was presented, and the performance of this system was evaluated using the European Commission PV-GIS simulation software, and data obtained from NASA’s database. The results showed that the system is a viable one both technically, and economically to meeting the basic electrical demand of rural dwellers and can be adopted on a larger scale by the Government. Recommendations were also made on how this work can be further advanced.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Solar Energy, Energy, Solar Cells, Rural, Photovoltaics, Conventional.
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Engineering Sciences
Depositing User: nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2022 14:04
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2022 14:04

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