Feasibility analysis of solar photovoltaic array cladding on commercial towers in Doha, Qatar - a case study

Haitham Abu-Rub, Atif Iqbal, Sajidul Amin, Ghalya Abdelkadar, Nassar Salem, Samah Mansoor, Talha Mirza, Shehab Ahmed

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Abstract

Building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) technology has become a major area of research due to environ-mental concerns. This article studies the feasibility of cladding high-rise towers in Doha with solar photovoltaic modules. Specifically, the case of the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) is discussed. The major aim of the work is to evaluate the technical feasibility, economic impact and environmental effects of using photovoltaic panels on commercial towers in Qatar. Experimental data on solar irradiance and the effect of shading on the QFC Tower are presented. Numerical calculations are done using solar pathfinder software. The studies show that, although there is a significant amount of saving in CO2 emission by using BIPV on towers in Doha, the payback period is still very long due to the cheaper cost of grid electricity in Qatar and poor conversion efficiency of PV panels. The complete system layout is presented and viable solutions are investigated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-86
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Sustainable Energy
Volume29
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010

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Keywords

  • Building-integrated PV system
  • Cladding
  • CO2 emission
  • Feasibility study
  • Solar PV

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy(all)
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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Feasibility analysis of solar photovoltaic array cladding on commercial towers in Doha, Qatar - a case study. / Abu-Rub, Haitham; Iqbal, Atif; Amin, Sajidul; Abdelkadar, Ghalya; Salem, Nassar; Mansoor, Samah; Mirza, Talha; Ahmed, Shehab.

In: International Journal of Sustainable Energy, Vol. 29, No. 2, 03.2010, p. 76-86.

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Abu-Rub, Haitham ; Iqbal, Atif ; Amin, Sajidul ; Abdelkadar, Ghalya ; Salem, Nassar ; Mansoor, Samah ; Mirza, Talha ; Ahmed, Shehab. / Feasibility analysis of solar photovoltaic array cladding on commercial towers in Doha, Qatar - a case study. In: International Journal of Sustainable Energy. 2010 ; Vol. 29, No. 2. pp. 76-86.
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