This thesis presents work undertaken to investigate the feasibility of implementing solar photovoltaic (PV) systems in Kuwait. Performance parameters, environmental, and economic evaluations and assessments, as well as a numerical modelling study, were conducted as the main investigative elements to help judge the feasibility. The effect of using single-axis and dual-axis tracking systems was also considered.
An assessment of the performance parameters of the proposed PV systems at selected locations in Kuwait was conducted on a monthly basis, using different tracking systems to compare the sites. Moreover, an annual basis analysis was carried out to compare the obtained results with those of different studies in the existing literature. An environmental assessment was conducted in the form of a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), estimating the levels of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that could be avoided. An economic assessment of implementing the proposed PV systems at the selected locations, and a cost-benefit analysis were conducted. In addition, modelling of a two-axis solar tracker was performed to ensure the stability and reliability of the proposed solar tracker in Kuwait. This was done using a 3D finite element model to examine the soil-structure interaction using COMSOL Multiphysics software. [Continues.]
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.
Kuwait, Public Authority for Applied Education and Training.