Rethinking the role of solar energy under location specific constraints

Odin Foldvik Eikeland, Harry Apostoleris, Sergio Santos, Karoline Ingebrigtsen, Tobias Boström, Matteo Chiesa

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In this manuscript we evaluate the potential of photovoltaic systems to meet some dedicated energy demand in specific geographic locations. Our approach is based on location-specific constraints rather than on pre-established, location-independent methodologies or assumptions. First, we propose that a thorough analysis of the socio-economic and technical possibilities of a location must act as the guide to optimize the deployment of renewables. This requires detailed knowledge of the area. Second, we propose that optimizing the exploitation of renewables by focusing on a particular location can also lead to successful outcomes with global impact. With this in mind we focus our attention on the Arctic region, known for its highly seasonal solar availability, and the challenge posed by increasing cruise ship tourism and corresponding air pollution. Our study targets Tromsø city, Norway, and we show that solar energy generation could be a strong contribution for charging cruise ships in the summer with no need for generation and transmission investments. Our study opens the door to shifting to a location specific paradigm to seek sustainable energy solutions with the possibility to have a global impact.

Original languageBritish English
Article number118838
StatePublished - 15 Nov 2020


  • Arctic tourism
  • Cruise ship load
  • Photovoltaics
  • Self-sufficiency
  • Solar availability


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