Touili, S. and Alami Merrouni, A. and Azouzoute, A. and El Hassouani, Y. and Amrani, A.-I. (2018) A technical and economical assessment of hydrogen production potential from solar energy in Morocco. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 43 (51). pp. 22777-22796.

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Abstract

In this study, a techno-economic analysis of the capacity of Morocco to produce hydrogen from solar energy has been conducted. For this reason, a Photovoltaic-electrolyze system was selected and the electricity and hydrogen production were simulated for 76 sites scattered all over the country. The Global Horizontal Irradiation (GHI) data used for the simulation were extracted from the CAMS-Rad satellite database and meteorological stations at ground level. Before simulations, the accuracy of the GHI values from the satellite dataset has been checked, and their uncertainties was calculated against accurate data measured in-situ. After that, the simulated values of the hydrogen mass were interpolated using a GIS software to create a Hydrogen production map of Morocco. Finally, an economical investigation of electricity and hydrogen production costs has been conducted by calculating the LCOE and LCOH2. Results show that the satellite dataset has a mean average deviation of 6.8 which is a very acceptable error rang. Also, it was found that Morocco have a high potential for hydrogen production, with a daily annual production that varies between 6489 and 8308 Tons/km2. Moreover, the cost of electricity and hydrogen production in the country are in the range of 0.077–0.099 /kWh and 5.79–4.64 /Kg respectively. The findings of this study are with high importance as they provide an overall perspective of the country potential of hydrogen production for policy makers and investors, and it was motivated by the lack of information on the subject in the literature since it's, at the best of our knowledge, the first study assessing the hydrogen production from solar for the whole country. © 2018 Hydrogen Energy Publications LLC

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Costs; Economic analysis; Electric power generation; Geographic information systems; Satellites; Solar energy; Solar power generation, Average deviation; Cost of electricity; Economical assessments; Hydrogen production costs; Meteorological station; Morocco; Techno- economic analysis; Water electrolysis, Hydrogen production
Subjects: Energy
Divisions: SCIENTIFIC PRODUCTION > Energy
Depositing User: Administrateur Eprints Administrateur Eprints
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2020 15:47
URI: http://eprints.umi.ac.ma/id/eprint/3018

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