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Assessing the performance of solar potovoltaic pumping system for rural area transformation in West Africa: case of Sekoukou Village, Niger

Energy is a critical foundation for socio-economic development of any country. This study assesses the performance of the Solar Photovoltaic Pumping System toward an integrated rural area transformation in the village of Sekoukou in Niger (West Africa). Electrical parameters, meteorological data and the PVsyst software are used respectively for data measurement/collection and the systems performance analyses based on three different scenarios related to population growth The results of the study reveal that the output power of the PV arrays depends significantly with the sun irradiance with an average peak power of 540 W for 783 W/m2 average sun irradiance. The average performance of the motor-pump discharge observed is 35%. The study shows that the performance of the system depends significantly on the meteorological condition as well as the water demand and also the size of the storage tank. Moreover, the simulation results using PVsyst model show that the solar pumping system could afford respectively 84.7 %, 74.8%, and 62.5% of the water demand for the community according to population growth scenarios in 2025, 2030 and 2035 respectively. Additionally, the installed PV arrays is oversize compare to the pump energy requirements, therefore the system could not provide the sufficient water demand in the horizon 2035 due to the lower discharge of the motor-pump.

Uploaded by: David Agbo
Author: Bachirou, Djibo | ORCID: 0009-0004-3056-8163
Co-author: Halidou, Ibrahim | ORCID: 0000-0003-3002-8365
Co-author: Souley Moussa, Mounkaila
Institution: Université Abdou Moumouni Niamey | Centre: West African German Centre for Sustainable Rural Transformation (WAC-SRT)
Type: Journal article | English | Peer Reviewed
Subjects: Climate and Environment, Education

Published: International Journal of Energy and Power Engineering, ISSN: 2326-957X ; EISSN: 2326-960X | Volume 11, issue 6 | New York, NY: Science Publishing Group
Date: 29 November 2022 | Pages: 114-124
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