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Shedding some light on photovoltaic solar energy in Africa – A literature review

Carole Brunet, Oumarou Savadogo, Pierre Baptiste and Michel A. Bouchard

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Cite this document: Brunet, C., Savadogo, O., Baptiste, P. & Bouchard, M. A. (2018). Shedding some light on photovoltaic solar energy in Africa – A literature review. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 96, p. 325-342. doi:10.1016/j.rser.2018.08.004
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Bearing in mind that there is increasingly abundant literature on the evolution of photovoltaic solar energy in Africa, it is necessary to make a global assessment with a focus on the path already traveled. This article reviews the literature on solar energy within the context of the African continent between 1992 and 2016. Based on the diversity of the articles analyzed, there are three main axes which emerge, namely: (i) the current situation, (ii) specificities, and (iii) performance. These make it possible to pinpoint the challenges of the development of photovoltaic solar energy in a continent with a severe energy deficit. This review also allows us to better understand the extent to which photovoltaic solar energy contributes to the sustainable development of African countries.

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Renewable energy; Solar; Photovoltaic; Sustainable development; Developing countries; Africa

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Subjects: 2300 Combustibles et technologie de l'énergie > 2303 Autres sources d'énergie (combustibles solaire, éolien, etc.)
8000 Sciences humaines > 8000 Sciences humaines
Department: Département de génie chimique
Département de mathématiques et de génie industriel
Département des génies civil, géologique et des mines
Research Center: Non applicable
Funders: Polytechnique Montréal, Trottier Institute of Energy, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
Date Deposited: 28 May 2020 14:00
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2020 01:15
PolyPublie URL: https://publications.polymtl.ca/5278/
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Journal Title: Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews (vol. 96)
Publisher: Elsevier
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2018.08.004


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