Special Issue "Challenges and Opportunities in the Integration of Solar Photovoltaics in Developing Countries"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "Solar Energy and Photovoltaic Systems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Tapas Mallick
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Guest Editor
Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn, Cornwall TR10 9FE, UK
Interests: renewable energy; concentrating solar photovoltaics; heat transfer, optics and electrical modeling; building integrated photovoltaics; static solar concentrators; integrated renewables (biomass, wind and solar integration); novel materials for solar electricity; solar electricity for sustainable building
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Dr. Aritra Ghosh
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Department of Renewable Energy, Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI), University of Exeter, Penryn, TR10 9FE, Cornwall, UK
Interests: solar powered electric vehicle (EV); first, second, and third-generation PV for BIPV/BAPV; energy-positive building and electric vehicles; low-concentrating PV (LSC, CPC, holography)
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Prof. Dr. Rohit Bhakar
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Electrical Engineering Department/Centre for Energy and Environment, Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur 302017, India
Interests: power systems restructuring; power systems economics; network pricing; electricity markets; game theory; risk management; ancillary services; energy storage

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Energy is a key driver of sustainable economic and social welfare in developing countries. With the announcement of “Climate Emergencies” by several governments, decarbonizing the energy supply is essential. Solar photovoltaics (PVs) play a large role in our energy mix and over 1 TW of PV installation has been achieved worldwide. However, this has had a very significant impact on the power system and may endanger the quality of supply or the grid’s reliability. PVs are often located near load centres; however, their temporal alignment with conventional demand profiles is far from perfect. Supply of electricity at the wrong time or to the wrong place has very little value and there are already numerous examples of PVs (and other sources) having to be curtailed when the local demand for or the capacity to transport the electricity is insufficient. As the penetration of installed PVs increases, so too does the need for their effective integration into power systems at all levels, including both national and localized networks. Energy storage and demand-side response will play major roles in this as well as managing grid capacity.

This Special Issue will address strategies for the integration of solar photovoltaics into the network and storage systems. It will address the amount of PV generation, the stress this is putting on the network, and the cost and benefits of mitigation technology options in developing countries. The inclusion of storage and PVs places relatively large power electronic converters into the system, which may also allow further services to stabilize the network and be viable technically as well as economically. This Special Issue will also look to address these challenges across the different research communities, as changes in one form of technology may change the boundary conditions for others and, e.g., the economics may change drastically.

Although not limited to, this issue will include publications of the key findings from the collaborative projects funded by the UK-India Joint Virtual Clean Energy Centre. The consortium is formed by three centres, namely, in the UK, ‘Joint UK-India Clean Energy (JUICE) Centre’ funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and, in India, ‘India-UK Centre for Education and Research in Clean Energy (IUCERCE)’ and ‘UK-India Clean Energy Research Institute (UKICERI)’ funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), which collectively host collaborative projects on the integration of solar PV, energy storage and energy networks in the UK and India.

Prof. Dr. Tapas Mallick
Dr. Aritra Ghosh
Prof. Dr. Rohit Bhakar
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • DC–DC converters
  • MPPT
  • solar PV
  • energy storage
  • demand-side response
  • grid flexibility
  • soiled PV

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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