Solar energy for high grade thermal applications in the tropical region

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A substantial part of the energy utilised in the tropics is produced by combustion of fossil fuel and woodfuel. These combustion processes produce greenhouse gases, which have severe effects on the environment. Solar energy resource seems attractive in the tropics because of the extremely high insolation in the region. However, many current devices used in the region, e.g. solar water heaters, are based on low grade solar energy utilisation. The principal energy requirements in the region are for cooking, lighting, potable water, electrical appliances and cooling. Thus solar application is not currently meeting the energy needs of the majority of the people. Consequently, this paper reviews opportunities for high grade solar energy applications, with particular reference to power production. Training, research and development implications are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSolar Engineering
EditorsD.E. Claridge, J.E. Pacheco
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1997
EventProceedings of the 1997 International Solar Energy Conference - Washington, DC, USA
Duration: Apr 27 1997Apr 30 1997


OtherProceedings of the 1997 International Solar Energy Conference
CityWashington, DC, USA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment


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