Using modeling, satellite images and existing global datasets for rapid preliminary assessments of renewable energy resources

the case of Mali

Ivan Nygård, Kjeld Rasmussen, Jake Badger, Thomas Theis Nielsen, Lars Boye Hansen, Simon Stisen, Søren Larsen, Adama Mariko, Ibrahim Togola

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Abstract

This paper presents a novel approach to the preliminary, low-cost, national-scale mapping of wind energy, solar energy and certain categories of bio-energy resources in developing countries, using Mali as an example. The methods applied make extensive use of satellite remote sensing and meteorological mesoscale modeling. The paper presents first results from applying the methodology in Mali and discusses the appropriateness of the results obtained. It is shown that northern Mali has considerable wind energy potential, while average wind speeds in the southern part are too low to make wind power a competitive option. Solar energy resources are shown to be abundant in all of Mali, though the highest values are found in the south. The temporal variation is relatively limited. Bio-energy resources are also concentrated in the south, but there are small pockets of high vegetation productivity in the irrigated areas of the Niger inland delta that might be interesting from a renewable energy resource perspective. Finally, the paper discusses the role that renewable energy resources might play in the energy systems of Mali, given the spatio-temporal distribution of renewable energy resources. It is argued that at the current price of about 70 US$/barrel for fossil fuels, renewable energy resources are becoming economically as well as environmentally attractive options
Original languageEnglish
JournalRenewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews
Volume14
Issue number8
Pages (from-to)2359-2371
ISSN1364-0321
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords

  • Renewable energy resources
  • Mali
  • Satellite images
  • Modeling

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Nygård, Ivan ; Rasmussen, Kjeld ; Badger, Jake ; Nielsen, Thomas Theis ; Boye Hansen, Lars ; Stisen, Simon ; Larsen, Søren ; Mariko, Adama ; Togola, Ibrahim. / Using modeling, satellite images and existing global datasets for rapid preliminary assessments of renewable energy resources : the case of Mali. In: Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews. 2010 ; Vol. 14, No. 8. pp. 2359-2371.
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Using modeling, satellite images and existing global datasets for rapid preliminary assessments of renewable energy resources : the case of Mali. / Nygård, Ivan; Rasmussen, Kjeld; Badger, Jake; Nielsen, Thomas Theis; Boye Hansen, Lars; Stisen, Simon; Larsen, Søren; Mariko, Adama; Togola, Ibrahim.

In: Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews, Vol. 14, No. 8, 2010, p. 2359-2371.

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