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      Trends in Global Solar PV Installation in 2022

      Trends in Global Solar PV Installation in 2022

      Amro Elshurafa

      We briefly comment on global solar PV installations for 2022, and provide insights on the record-breaking trend that this industry has been witnessing for the past 15 years.

      Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
      21 November 2023
      Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Deployment of Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage Pathways (BECCS) Globally
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Deployment of Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage Pathways (BECCS) Globally

      Muhammad Adnan Hayat, Khalid Alhadhrami, Amro Elshurafa

      Countries are exploring various options to achieve net-zero emissions, including bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS), which is the process of capturing and storing carbon dioxide (CO2) from processes that utilize bioenergy to produce heat, electricity or biofuels. However,…

      Muhammad Adnan Hayat Adnan Hayat, Muhammad
      Khalid Alhadhrami Khalid Alhadhrami
      Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
      20 November 2024
      How Can the European Energy Crisis Reshape the Power Sector Reform Endeavors of GCC Countries?
      Future of Transport and Fuel Demand

      How Can the European Energy Crisis Reshape the Power Sector Reform Endeavors of GCC Countries?

      Marie Petitet, Amro Elshurafa, Frank Felder

      Energy prices in Europe have been soaring, and policymakers are trying to find solutions to immediately contain the energy prices for end-consumers and to enhance the market design in the longer term. This paper discusses some of the current events…

      Marie Petitet Marie Petitet
      Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
      Frank Felder Felder, Frank
      24 October 2023
      Modeling of the Interconnected Middle East and North Africa Electricity System: Including Uncertainties to Better Inform Policymakers
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Modeling of the Interconnected Middle East and North Africa Electricity System: Including Uncertainties to Better Inform Policymakers

      Frank Felder, Marie Petitet, Shahid Hasan, Amro Elshurafa

      The modeling of power systems can bring about insightful quantitative results to inform policymakers. This commentary reviews the literature on modeling the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region’s electricity interconnections and trade in the context of expanding variable and…

      Frank Felder Felder, Frank
      Marie Petitet Marie Petitet
      Shahid Hasan Hasan, Shahid
      Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
      26 September 2023
      Macroeconomic, Energy and Emission Effects of Solar PV Deployment at Utility and Distributed Scales in Saudi Arabia
      Models, Data and Tools

      Macroeconomic, Energy and Emission Effects of Solar PV Deployment at Utility and Distributed Scales in Saudi Arabia

      Amro Elshurafa, Fakhri Hasanov, Lester C. Hunt

      This study assesses the macroeconomic, energy and emissions impacts of solar photovoltaic (PV) deployment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the period 2021–2030. This is accomplished by linking an energy and environmental sector augmented macroeconometric model with a power…

      Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
      Fakhri Hasanov Hasanov, Fakhri
      Lester C. Hunt Hunt, Lester C.
      14 September 2023
      An Overview of Integration Costs of Variable Renewables in the Power Sector
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      An Overview of Integration Costs of Variable Renewables in the Power Sector

      Faris Aljamed, Frank Felder, Amro Elshurafa

      In recent years, the cost of electricity generated by renewables has significantly decreased to the point where it is cost competitive with conventional plants. However, incorporating variable renewable energy (VRE) technologies like wind and solar photovoltaics (PV) into the power…

      Faris Aljamed Aljamed, Faris
      Frank Felder Felder, Frank
      Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
      4 September 2023
      How Firm Capacity and Forced Outage Rate Assumptions of Renewables Impact Capacity Expansion Model Results
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      How Firm Capacity and Forced Outage Rate Assumptions of Renewables Impact Capacity Expansion Model Results

      Amro Elshurafa, Marie Petitet, Frank Felder

      The undergoing energy transition relies heavily on the deployment of renewables such as solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind power for the generation of electricity. These variable and intermittent resources would modify power systems’ reliability compared to the situation where electricity…

      Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
      Marie Petitet Marie Petitet
      Frank Felder Felder, Frank
      9 March 2023
      Cost, Footprint, and Reliability Implications of Deploying Hydrogen in Off-grid Electric Vehicle Charging Stations: A GIS-assisted Study for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Cost, Footprint, and Reliability Implications of Deploying Hydrogen in Off-grid Electric Vehicle Charging Stations: A GIS-assisted Study for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

      Amro Elshurafa, Abdelrahman Muhsen, Frank Felder

      We quantify the cost, footprint and reliability implications of using hydrogen in off-grid electric vehicle charging stations (CS) using an optimization model coupled with a geographical information system (GIS) analysis for the city of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. We also account…

      Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
      Abdelrahman Muhsen Muhsen, Abdelrahman
      Frank Felder Felder, Frank
      29 January 2023
      Trends in Global Solar PV Installation in 2021
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Trends in Global Solar PV Installation in 2021

      Amro Elshurafa

      In 2021, global solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity increased by a record 175 gigawatts (GW). This brought the total global cumulative installed PV capacity to around 942 GW at the end of 2021.

      Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
      10 October 2022
      Cost, Emission, and Macroeconomic Implications of Diesel Displacement in the Saudi Agricultural Sector: Options and Policy Insights
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Cost, Emission, and Macroeconomic Implications of Diesel Displacement in the Saudi Agricultural Sector: Options and Policy Insights

      Amro Elshurafa, Hatem Al Atawi, Fakhri Hasanov, Frank Felder

      The Saudi agricultural sector relies on diesel for irrigation, which is provided to farmers at a much lower price than the average global price, implying significant opportunity costs. With the aid of soft-coupled power and macro-econometric models, we assess the…

      Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
      Hatem Al Atawi Al Atawi, Hatem
      Fakhri Hasanov Hasanov, Fakhri
      Frank Felder Felder, Frank
      24 August 2022
      Cross-seasonal Fuel Savings from Load Shifting in the Saudi Industrial Sector
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Cross-seasonal Fuel Savings from Load Shifting in the Saudi Industrial Sector

      Salaheddine Soummane, Amro Elshurafa, Hatem Al Atawi, Frank Felder

      Load shifting, that is, moving demand from peak to off-peak hours, is an important type of demand response. It can reduce the overall operating costs of a power system and improve the reliability of the power grid. This study estimates…

      Salaheddine Soummane Soummane, Salaheddine
      Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
      Hatem Al Atawi Al Atawi, Hatem
      Frank Felder Felder, Frank
      11 April 2022
      Achieving Renewable Energy Targets Without Compromising the Power Sector’s Reliability
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Achieving Renewable Energy Targets Without Compromising the Power Sector’s Reliability

      Amro Elshurafa, Frank Felder, Nezar Alhaidari

      Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Energy has set ambitious renewable energy goals. Although the Kingdom’s current energy mix is dominated by conventional energy (>95%), it aims to draw 50% of its energy from renewable sources by 2030. Currently, the Kingdom enjoys…

      Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
      Frank Felder Felder, Frank
      Nezar Alhaidari Nezar Alhaidari
      22 March 2022
      Trends in Global Solar PV Installation in 2020

      Trends in Global Solar PV Installation in 2020

      Amro Elshurafa

      Dozens of governments worldwide have supported, and still support, renewable energy technology deployment, including solar photovoltaics (PV). This has been driven by their ambitions to be energy independent, meet carbon emissions reduction targets, and contribute to their domestic economies through…

      Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
      26 July 2021
      Assessing the Role of Renewables in Reducing Emissions in the Saudi Power Sector Using Mixed-Integer Optimization
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Assessing the Role of Renewables in Reducing Emissions in the Saudi Power Sector Using Mixed-Integer Optimization

      Amro Elshurafa, Hatem Al Atawi, Salaheddine Soummane, Frank Felder

      Renewable energy (RE) technologies are viewed as a critical means of reducing power sector-related emissions. Using mixed-integer optimization, we evaluate the extent to which renewable energy reduces carbon emissions in the Saudi power sector.

      Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
      Hatem Al Atawi Al Atawi, Hatem
      Salaheddine Soummane Soummane, Salaheddine
      Frank Felder Felder, Frank
      2 June 2021
      Global Trends in Cloud Computing and Saudi Arabia’s Response

      Global Trends in Cloud Computing and Saudi Arabia’s Response

      Hatem Al Atawi, Amro Elshurafa

      As data centers become operational in the Kingdom, they will be an additional driver of long-term electricity demand. KAPSARC is actively studying these challenges and their implications for the economy by modeling and forecasting electricity demand.

      Hatem Al Atawi Al Atawi, Hatem
      Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
      2 June 2021