Techno-Economic Feasibility of PV Irrigation in Egypt
Presenter: Hany Abd Elaziz Abd Elrehim and Hannes Kirchhoff
|Egypt’s Delta and Valley with the highest population and agriculture density is susceptible to Nile depletion through flood irrigation and inundation attributed to climate change scenarios. To mitigate the risks, the government reclaimed circa 3 million acres for agriculture utilizing the underground water as well as excess solar energy for powering the irrigation. Through a techno-economic model, this paper gages the feasibility trends of PV pumping over dominant subsidized diesel in geographic areas of potential utilizing discounted payback period, and unit water costs of water as an objective function. It was found that PV pumping is feasible at low hydraulic loads and tends to be less attractive with increasing hydraulic loads.
Hany Abd Elaziz Abd Elrehim and Hannes Kirchhoff: Micro Perspective for Decentralized Energy (MES) 2015, Bangalore, India.