Renewable energy projects to electrify rural communities in Cape Verde


Matteo Ranaboldo et al. Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Catalonia, Av. Diagonal 647, Barcelona, Spain (



Main Geographic Focus: 

ECOWAS Country


Cape Verde

RE&EE Category Taxonomy: 

  • REEE in general
  • Photovoltaic
  • Decentralized Photovoltaic Systems
  • Wind Power
  • Windpower small-scale decentralized

File Tag: 

  • Technical Research


Even though Cape Verde has high wind and solar energy resources, the conventional strategy for increasing access to electricity in isolated rural areas is by centralized microgrids with diesel generators. In this study, the design of 2 off-grid electrification projects based on hybrid windphotovoltaic systems in Cape Verde is developed and analyzed. First a detailed wind resource assessment is carried out utilizing meso-scale wind atlas data combined with a specialized microscale wind flow model. Then a mathematical model is used for the design of off-grid projects considering a combination of individual systems and microgrids. Various design configurations are analyzed and compared. The proposed configurations exploit the highest wind potential areas and are economically beneficial in comparison with diesel generator systems.

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