Status of Solar Energy Conversion and Applications in Yemen

  • A. S. Bahaj
  • S. M. Bin Gadhi
  • Ali Al-Ashwal
  • M. H. Shamsan
Conference paper


Supplying the energy needs of a large section of the Yemeni population is of paramount importance to the development of the country and indeed forms a major constituent of the government policy. This paper outlines the constrains in energy supply and shows that the total installed capacity of 704 MW provides a mere 55 W per capita which is in turn skewed in favour of the urban inhabitancy In this part of the world energy obtained by photovoltaic conversion is in its infancy, however, there are various sectors such as telecommunication, water pumping, health care, radio and television transmission which use this technology.


Immigrant Worker Diesel Generator Total Instal Capacity Photovoltaic Conversion Daily Sunshine 
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  1. 1.
    Personal communication: Yemen Electricity Corporation, Sanaa and Public Corporation of Electric Power, Aden.Google Scholar
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    Bin Gadhi, S.M. and Nijaguna, B.T., Renewable Energy Congress, Reading University, UK, (1990).Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. S. Bahaj
    • 1
  • S. M. Bin Gadhi
    • 2
  • Ali Al-Ashwal
    • 3
  • M. H. Shamsan
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute of CryogenicsUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonEngland
  2. 2.Engineering FacultyUniversity of AdenAdenYemen
  3. 3.Engineering FacultyUniversity of SanaaSanaaYemen
  4. 4.Local GovernmentSanaaYemen

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