Thursday, January 29, 2015
RENEWABLE ENERGY RESOURCES IN TANZANIA
Potential for solar PV technology is good with an average daily solar installation of 4.6 kWh/m².
Tanzania has large areas with average wind speeds of 5-7m/s. There is, therefore, a technical potential for electricity generation from wind energy. There are about 7 potential wind sites located
for electricity generation.
Crop residues are available for use as fuel. The estimated theoretical co-generation potential in Tanzania is over 395 MW. Currently, the country has an installed capacity of 33 MW.
Rift Valley is potential area for geothermal exploitation. At least 15 thermal areas with hot spring activity occur in Tanzania. Potential geothermal sites could contribute up to 650 MW to the country’s energy mix, however the potential is still under investigation, and geothermal power is still a long-term option for the country.
With hydroelectric power potential estimated to be 3,800 MW, of which only roughly 382 MW has been exploited, Tanzania has a high potential for investment in its hydropower sector.
Source: Dr. Birgit Aurela project, Laurea University of Applied Sciences – Finland (2009)