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      Trends in Global Solar PV Installation
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Trends in Global Solar PV Installation

      Amro Elshurafa

      Dozens of governments around the world 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…

      Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
      27th July 2020
      Demystifying Policy Support Mechanisms for Distributed Solar Photovoltaic Systems
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Demystifying Policy Support Mechanisms for Distributed Solar Photovoltaic Systems

      Amro Elshurafa

      Solar photovoltaic (PV) distributed generation (DG) systems are installed for residential, commercial, and industrial use. PV DG systems in the residential sector typically have capacities below 20 kilowatts (kW). However, commercial and industrial PV DG systems can have capacities of…

      Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
      3rd June 2020
      The Impact of High Temperatures on Battery Performance in Solar-PV Systems With Storage
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      The Impact of High Temperatures on Battery Performance in Solar-PV Systems With Storage

      Amro Elshurafa, Mohammad Aldubyan

      The World Bank estimates that nearly 1 billion people globally have no grid electricity access. Diesel generators are the default source of energy for locations lacking access to the grid. The falling costs of solar photovoltaic (PV) generation and battery…

      Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
      Mohammad Aldubyan Aldubyan, Mohammad
      17th December 2019
      The Potential for Distributed Solar PV Systems in Riyadh
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      The Potential for Distributed Solar PV Systems in Riyadh

      Amro Elshurafa, Abdelrahman Muhsen

      The country’s regulator, the Electricity and Co-Generation Regulatory Authority (ECRA) has also released provisional bylaws that will govern how distributed generation (DG) would be compensated within the Kingdom. Many governmental organizations mandated to support local industries and energy efficiency measures…

      Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
      Abdelrahman Muhsen Muhsen, Abdelrahman
      18th November 2019
      Trends in Global Solar PV Installation
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Trends in Global Solar PV Installation

      Amro Elshurafa

      Dozens of governments around the world 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 emission reduction targets, and contribute to their domestic…

      Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
      6th October 2019
      The Potential of Distributed Solar PV Capacity in Riyadh: A GIS-Assisted Study
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      The Potential of Distributed Solar PV Capacity in Riyadh: A GIS-Assisted Study

      Abdelrahman Muhsen, Amro Elshurafa

      Rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, commonly referred to as distributed generation (DG) solar systems, can play a central role in the energy mix for sustainable cities. As with all forms of power generation, DG carries technical, financial, policy, and market…

      Abdelrahman Muhsen Muhsen, Abdelrahman
      Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
      1st October 2019
      Techno-Economics of Solar PV on Mosque Rooftops: Results from a Pilot Study in Saudi Arabia
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Techno-Economics of Solar PV on Mosque Rooftops: Results from a Pilot Study in Saudi Arabia

      Amro Elshurafa, Abdullah Alsubaie, Ayman Alabduljabbar, Shafi Al-Hsaien

      There are an estimated 3.5 million mosques worldwide. The relatively large surface area of most mosque rooftops and their ubiquity in the Muslim world make them excellent candidates for solar photovoltaic (PV) installations. Muslims congregate for prayers at mosques five…

      Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
      Abdullah Alsubaie Alsubaie, Abdullah
      Ayman Alabduljabbar Ayman Alabduljabbar
      Shafi Al-Hsaien Al-Hsaien, Shafi
      28th August 2019
      The Upper Limit of Distributed Solar PV Capacity in Riyadh: A GIS-Assisted Study

      The Upper Limit of Distributed Solar PV Capacity in Riyadh: A GIS-Assisted Study

      MDPI

      Rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, commonly referred to as distributed generation (DG) solar systems, are deemed important contenders in future sustainable cities. Because deploying DG systems is associated with technical, financial, policy, and market implications that impact utilities, governments, and…

      Amro Elshurafa, Abdelrahman Muhsen

      2019
      Blind Spots in Energy Transition Policy: Case Studies From Germany and USA

      Blind Spots in Energy Transition Policy: Case Studies From Germany and USA

      Science Direct

      Energy transitions aim at economic prosperity through ‘green-collar’ job-creation, greater energy ‘independence’, and/or reduced emissions. These objectives imply creating policy-supported national renewable technology industries, ideally reducing clean energy costs to a point where support becomes unnecessary.

      Amro Elshurafa, David Hobbs, Hind Farang

      2019
      The Economics of Renewable Energy in the Gulf
      Electricity Sector Transitions Regional Energy Markets

      The Economics of Renewable Energy in the Gulf

      Hisham Akhonbay, Imtenan Al-Mubarak, Sylvain Côté, Amro Elshurafa, Walid Matar, Shreekar Pradhan, David Wogan, Lama Yaseen

      The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) has been at the epicenter of global energy markets because of its substantial endowment of hydrocarbons. Yet countries in the region have also stated their intent to be global…

      Hisham Akhonbay Akhonbay, Hisham
      Imtenan Al-Mubarak Al-Mubarak, Imtenan
      Sylvain Côté Côté, Sylvain
      Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
      Walid Matar Matar, Walid
      Shreekar Pradhan Pradhan, Shreekar
      David Wogan Wogan, David
      Lama Yaseen Yaseen, Lama
      17th October 2018
      Estimating the learning curve of solar PV balance–of–system for over 20 countries: Implications and policy recommendations

      Estimating the learning curve of solar PV balance–of–system for over 20 countries: Implications and policy recommendations

      Journal of Cleaner Production

      Solar photovoltaic systems installed on homes and commercial building rooftops are deemed central for a low-carbon future. As capital costs of photovoltaics continue to fall, its role towards making buildings more sustainable and environmentally-friendly will continue to grow. Capital costs…

      Amro Elshurafa, Shahad Albardi, Simona Bigerna, Carlo Andrea Bollino

      2018
      Electricity Transmission Formulations in Multi-Sector National Planning Models: An illustration using the KAPSARC Energy Model
      Electricity Sector Transitions

      Electricity Transmission Formulations in Multi-Sector National Planning Models: An illustration using the KAPSARC Energy Model

      Walid Matar, Amro Elshurafa

      The purpose of this study is to assess policy-relevant effects of incorporating a more proper representation of electricity transmission in multi-sector national policy models. This goal is achieved by employing the KAPSARC Energy Model (KEM), which is the first publicly…

      Walid Matar Matar, Walid
      Amro Elshurafa Elshurafa, Amro
      5th November 2017
      Adding Solar PV to the Saudi Power System: What is the Cost of Intermittency?

      Adding Solar PV to the Saudi Power System: What is the Cost of Intermittency?

      Energy Transitions

      Amro Elshurafa, Walid Matar

      2017