Renew. Energy Environ. Sustain.
Volume 2, 2017
Sustainable energy systems for the future
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|25 August 2017
Pre-feasibility analysis of powering a remote research facility under arid conditions in Kazakhstan
School of Engineering, Nazarbayev University,
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Received in final form: 29 June 2017
Accepted: 27 July 2017
This study evaluates the feasibility of using photovoltaic solar cells and solar water heating in a remote off-grid research facility for scientists in the steppe of Kazakhstan. The objective of the facility is to observe wildlife in this region, especially saiga antelope, whose population has been drastically reduced in recent years. The analysis is conducted using RETScreen software and includes energy, cost, emissions, and financial assessment. The proposed energy model is compared with a traditional base case scenario (based on a diesel boiler and reciprocating engine). Despite the challenges and constraints, the project pays off within its lifespan. It eliminates greenhouse gas emissions and reduces human interference with local wildlife.
© S. Sagimbayev and M. Mussard, published by EDP Sciences, 2017
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