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Solar Energy in Nigeria: An Overview of Prospects and Challenges

Authors: Abubakar AJ, Hammajam AA Ndy E

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In the last few decades, solar energy has gained extra attention as a renewable and clean energy source. The photovoltaic (PV) cells are made to convert solar energy from the sunlight directly to electrical energy. This energy can be utilised in many different applications, like heating lighting, and many more. Over the years, solar photovoltaic power cells have managed to be the main component of harvesting solar power since they are not only sustainable but also harmless and free of pollution. Many of the costs of a solar power plant are relational to the area of the plant. A higher efficiency cell may reduce area and plant cost, even if the cells themselves are more costly. In any case, some photovoltaic projects implemented in different parts of the country cannot meet the average lifespan due to several factors. In this investigation, literature assessment of several works was carried out. Economic and government policy as well as security challenges were observed to the major factors bedevilling the industry. Technology improvement and management are vital ingredients for the sector to achieve desired outcomes.

Affiliations: Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Maiduguri, Borno State, Nigeria.
Keywords: Solar, Photovoltaic, Manufacturing, Energy, Technology
Published date: 2021/12/30

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ISSN: 2635-3342 (Print)

ISSN: 2635-3350 (Online)

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