A cost analysis of very large scale PV (VLS-PV) system on the world deserts

Kosuke Kurokawa*, Kazuhiko Kato, Masakazu Ito, Keiichi Komoto, Tetsuo Kichimi, Hiroyuki Sugihara

*Corresponding author for this work

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To preserve the Earth, a 100MW very large-scale photovoltaic power generation (VLS-PV) system is estimated assuming that it is installed on the would deserts, which are Sahara, Negev, Thar, Sonora, Great Sandy and Gobi desert. These deserts are good for installing the system because of its big irradiation and large land area. PV array is dimensioned in detail in terms of array layout, support, foundation, wiring and so on. Then generation cost of the system is estimated based on the methodology of Life-Cycle Cost (LCC). As a result of the estimation, the generation cost is calculated as 5.3 cent/kWh on Sahara desert, 6.4 cent/kWh on Gobi desert assuming PV module price of S1.0/W, system lifetime of 30 years and interest rate of 3%. These results suggest that VLS-PV systems are economically feasible on sufficient irradiation site even if existing PV system technologies are applied, when PV module price will decrease to a level.of $1.0/W.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes
Event29th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference - New Orleans, LA, United States
Duration: 2002 May 192002 May 24


Other29th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew Orleans, LA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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