Compose a 1250 words assignment on the potential of using solar thermal power generation for brunei darussalam. Needs to be plagiarism free! Solar thermal power generation is relatively underutilized technology in Brunei Darussalam. This mainly due to lack of sufficient data, analysis and research in this area. This research thesis shall look into the collection of scientific data about the capacity of solar thermal power generation in the sultanate and come up with mathematical formulas for the analysis of the energy potential fo solar in Brunei Darussalam.
Given an article by Bandar Seri Begawan(2010) the Brunei government is actively searching for renewable energies such as hydro, solar thermal, solar photovoltaic, wind, tidal and osmotic renewable energy as alternatives to the main fossil fuel energy source the Country is dependent on. . In a study by the department of electrical services in 2009, it was established that Brunei had a generating capacity of 695MW producing 3071 GWh against a demand of about 2980 GWh.This study showed that the Country generated more energy than it requires but with rising demand in population, commerce and industry, this would be unsustainable. Research studies indicated that oil reserves in Brunei would be depleted by the year 2038.
. . . . . . . . . . . The solution to this situation is the utilization of solar energy for power generation. Brunei being a tropical country, is endowed with this natural resource. According to previous research, the Country receives an average of 435 to 533 watts per meter square of solar energy. This exposure is quite sufficient for solar thermal power generation. For solar power generation, there is also a need for large areas of flat land for efficient harvesting of solar energy, and this fact provides a major engineering problem in the harnessing of this resource. The government has been at the forefront of promoting solar technology by installing a 1.2MW capacity Tenaga Suria Brunei project with has been a benchmark in the countries green technology initiatives.
From our earlier estimates of average solar energy per meter square, it can be estimated that only 1% of Brunei’s land surface area would be required to produce 9.6GWh annually against a demand of 2,929,000 MWh consumed in 2006.
With this background of interest in solar thermal energy as a source of power generation for Brunei’s energy needs, there is a need to carefully study the potential this source of energy in the Country. .