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The renewable energy household lighting for Chibayish inhabitant's in Iraq

Goodfield, D., Dawood, F.ORCID: 0000-0001-8395-2899, Urmee, T. and Shafiullah, GMORCID: 0000-0002-2211-184X (2017) The renewable energy household lighting for Chibayish inhabitant's in Iraq. Renewable Energy and Environmental Sustainability, 2 . Article 15.

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Abstract

Affordable and clean energy is one of the major goals for global sustainable development. Lighting is a major aspect of human energy consumption and access to quality lighting is one of the most important indicators of human development. Like other countries around the world, the Iraqi government has realized the importance of climate change and the necessity for clean energy which has led them to officially ratifying the Kyoto Protocol in January 2008. However, it is challenging to implement a clean and renewable energy lighting system for a small community like Chibayish in the Iraqi marshes. The Chibayish unique house building technique of man-made islands (floating baskets), results that these floating houses are not connected to the Iraqi national grid. The villagers in Chibayish require artificial light for their indoor living areas after dark and also for night fishing, which is a common practice. In this research study, various renewable energy resources have been examined in order to identify the most locally practical renewable energy technology for household lighting needs. The solar irradiance profile in the area showed the viability of solar energy in comparison to other renewable energy sources considered within these specific environmental conditions. An analysis carried out using HOMER Pro simulator shows that the solar photovoltaic is an affordable and reliable option for this community.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Engineering and Information Technology
Publisher: EDP Open
Copyright: © F. Dawood et al., published by EDP Sciences, 2017
United Nations SDGs: Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/55113
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