Optimization of Integrated Energy Systems in a Developing Economy using Clean Non-Renewable Energy (Natural Gas)
Keywords:Developing Economy, Emissions, LEAP, Optimization, Non-Renewable Energy, Sustainable Development
This paper attempts to address the perennial energy dearth issue which plagues developing economies, while minimizing associated environmental impact such as Green House Gas, (GHG) Emissions. It uses the Low Emissions Analysis Program (LEAP) model and the Next Energy Modeling System for Optimization (NEMO) component to optimize the integrated energy systems of a developing economy (Nigeria) over 2020 – 2050 modelling period using Clean Non-Renewable Energy (Natural Gas).
The study modeled the developing economy for baseline and Clean Non Renewable Energy (Natural Gas) application and concluded that Clean Non-Renewable energy has a significant impact on the energy capacity and emissions reduction, Energy demand is expected to grow over the modelling period by about 12% and 18% for the Base and Clean Non-Renewable Energy (Natural Gas) scenarios respectively. This indicates that the enhanced use of natural gas results in significant improvement in energy capacity and consequently, ability to supply the needed energy.
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