Investigation of the feasability of renewables in meeting the Moroccan primary energy demand.

Madomercandy, Remeche (2007) Investigation of the feasability of renewables in meeting the Moroccan primary energy demand. PhD thesis, Napier University.

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    Energy is undoubtedly the driving force at the core of the development of any nation. There
    is a direct relation between per capita income and energy consumption. The way this energy
    is produced, supplied and consumed, affects the local and global environment and is therefore
    a key issue in sustainable development.
    The Kingdom of Morocco which is not an oil-producing country is heavily dependent on
    imported energy to meet its energy demand. Morocco relies on imports for nearly 90 % of its
    hydrocarbon needs, with the total cost of its imports fluctuating between US$1 billion and
US$1.5 billion per year. Electricity supplies are based largely on the combustion of imported
    coal, which is mainly obtained from South Africa, and imported crude oil from Saudi Arabia,
    Iran, Iraq and Nigeria, together with electricity imports from Spain and Algeria. This
    dependence has had an unusually large impact on its economy and environment, affecting
    foreign exchange, the national debt and government revenues and investment budgets
    according to the Moroccan Government.
    In Morocco, the renewable energy sources such as solar energy, wind energy, and biomass
    are plentiful, widely distributed and environmentally attractive. These resources add no net
    contributions to the atmospheric carbon dioxide and add no heat to the global environment.
    Levels of solar insolation exceed 5.00 kWhJm2/day on a horizontal plane in much of the
    country throughout much of the year, wind resources are favourable for both small scale and
    wind farm developments in some locations, hydro resources for micro applications are for the
    most part unexplored but likely to be available in the mountainous regions with good
    precipitation. Whilst bio-energy reserves are scarce throughout much of the arid and semi
    arid regions of the country, urban waste is abundant and offers good opportunity for processmg.
    The objective of this thesis is to investigate the feasibility of renewable energy sources in
    meeting Morocco's primary energy demand.
    In this thesis, the energy, electricity, environmental and renewable energy budget for
    Morocco against the global backdrop is discussed and the related institutional,
    implementation and policy frameworks including assessment of barriers are analysed. The
    thesis also addresses renewable energy resource assessment which is a prerequisite to
    undertake any meaningful exercise to integrate renewable energy technologies into rural
    energy plan within the overall national energy scenario in Morocco.
    Furthermore, a comprehensive and scientific model for all important renewable resources
    such as solar, wind, biomass and micro-hydro throughout the country has been developed,
    which is a starting point for all future initiatives including private sector participation and
    market development in this sector.
    The proposed renewable energy plan could set Morocco on the path to a sustainable energy
    system with associated economic benefits setting a model for other African and developing
    countries to follow. The plan clearly contributes to the envisaged purpose of increasing
    renewable energy contribution in the primary energy balance bringing significant social and
    environmental benefits into the process.
    Plentiful wind and solar radiation resources and the proximity to Europe put Morocco in a
    strong position. Import of technology from and export of electricity to Europe could become
    a promlSlng strategy to limit the global greenhouse effect and to boost the Moroccan economy.

    Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Energy; sustainable development; Morocco; renewable enrgy; solar power; wind energy; biomass fuel; environmental impact; economy;
    University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
    Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 330 Economics > 333 Economics of land & energy
    Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
    Item ID: 4629
    Depositing User: Mrs Lyn Gibson
    Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2011 19:04
    Last Modified: 06 Sep 2011 19:04

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