Cost comparison of hydropower options for rural electrification in Rwanda

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Gaunt, C Trevor en_ZA
dc.contributor.advisor Herman, Ronald en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Nsengiyumva, Anicet en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2016-02-11T06:54:41Z
dc.date.available 2016-02-11T06:54:41Z
dc.date.issued 2012 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Nsengiyumva, A. 2012. Cost comparison of hydropower options for rural electrification in Rwanda. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/16960
dc.description.abstract The decision to develop a hydropower plant depends on several factors, which cost is the most significant. This thesis, entitled "Cost comparison of hydropower options for rural electrification in Rwanda" intends to show that the use of a large number of mini hydropower plants for electrification of sparse rural areas in Rwanda is the least cost option when compared to installing either a single small or large hydropower plants. This is done by considering rural households to be randomly distributed and the model composed by 98 rural villages having three different population densities is used to test the validity of the hypothesis. Three different hydropower options providing the same level of service to rural households were used for the cost comparison. The relationship between the electrification cost per household versus the population density is deduced. Many distribution technologies can be used in rural areas and the accurate selection of the appropriate distribution technology is the main concern as it affects the cost of the whole distribution system. The rural network should be carefully designed so that the sizing of conductors to be used for LV and MV network is properly done at a low cost. The high distribution cost depends largely on the size of power to be delivered. Based on these findings, the cost comparison of mini, small and large hydropower schemes for rural electrification in Rwanda is discussed. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Electrical Engineering en_ZA
dc.title Cost comparison of hydropower options for rural electrification in Rwanda en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
dc.publisher.department Department of Electrical Engineering en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MSc (Eng) en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Nsengiyumva, A. (2012). <i>Cost comparison of hydropower options for rural electrification in Rwanda</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment ,Department of Electrical Engineering. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/16960 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Nsengiyumva, Anicet. <i>"Cost comparison of hydropower options for rural electrification in Rwanda."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment ,Department of Electrical Engineering, 2012. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/16960 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Nsengiyumva A. Cost comparison of hydropower options for rural electrification in Rwanda. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment ,Department of Electrical Engineering, 2012 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/16960 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Nsengiyumva, Anicet AB - The decision to develop a hydropower plant depends on several factors, which cost is the most significant. This thesis, entitled "Cost comparison of hydropower options for rural electrification in Rwanda" intends to show that the use of a large number of mini hydropower plants for electrification of sparse rural areas in Rwanda is the least cost option when compared to installing either a single small or large hydropower plants. This is done by considering rural households to be randomly distributed and the model composed by 98 rural villages having three different population densities is used to test the validity of the hypothesis. Three different hydropower options providing the same level of service to rural households were used for the cost comparison. The relationship between the electrification cost per household versus the population density is deduced. Many distribution technologies can be used in rural areas and the accurate selection of the appropriate distribution technology is the main concern as it affects the cost of the whole distribution system. The rural network should be carefully designed so that the sizing of conductors to be used for LV and MV network is properly done at a low cost. The high distribution cost depends largely on the size of power to be delivered. Based on these findings, the cost comparison of mini, small and large hydropower schemes for rural electrification in Rwanda is discussed. DA - 2012 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2012 T1 - Cost comparison of hydropower options for rural electrification in Rwanda TI - Cost comparison of hydropower options for rural electrification in Rwanda UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/16960 ER - en_ZA


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