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Renewable Energy in East Africa: Solutions for providing electricity using a Systems Approach ABSTRACTEnergy is an important factor in any country’s economic development. The lack of good energypolicies and infrastructure has contributed in preventing countries in Africa from achievingeconomic growth. Developing nations in Africa face significant challenges due to poor or noenergy infrastructures which continues to inhibit GDP growth. One way to do this is bymodernizing and building their electricity capability. In addressing these energy problems, theregion must include and develop sustainable energy systems. Providing electricity for theAfrican continent must be performed in ways which are affordable, sustainable and flexible.Countries in the region must consider renewable energy solutions as they update and improveelectricity capability. Given the significance of this problem, a systems approach is necessary infinding solutions. Systems engineering offers several great tools with which designers in theAfrican region can assess the viability of renewable energy systems. In systems engineering,significant effort is spent in assessing the problem, formulating requirements which are relatableto the customer objectives and analyzing the alternatives in meeting the set forth requirements.The problem of providing electricity for the African continent is a complex one with manyfactors and variables for consideration. Systems engineering offers a means to assess theseproblems and provide feasible solutions for implementation, meeting the customers’requirements. This paper offers an overall look at the renewable energy problem, outlines thealternatives, and provides a general framework as to how a systems approach can be used.
Khalid, A., & Waindi, I. (2011, June), Renewable Energy in East Africa: Solutions to Providing Electricity Using a Systems Approach Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18939
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