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Renewables for Power Generation

Status and Prospects - 2003 Edition

Renewables for Power Generation by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
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Producing electricity from renewable energy sources has undeniable appeal, both for environmental reasons and for reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.  Renewable energy technologies are maturing at different rates.  Some have already found their place in the market; others are just beginning to demonstrate their potential.  All are at a critical moment in their evolution.

This book assesses the outlook for six leading renewable energy technologies: small hydro power, solar photovoltaic, concentrating solar power, biopower, geothermal power and wind power.  It provides an update on current costs and analyses what future costs might be under different market scenarios.  It looks at how these rapidly evolving technologies and their markets are developing, how the technologies complement each other and how they fit within the overall energy sector.  It also identifies key areas for further research and development. 

The market share of renewables in electricity generation thirty years from now will depend largely on policy decisions made and support provided in the next few years.  Renewable Energy 2003: Status and Prospects is a practical guide to the most promising renewable energy technologies, the main challenges they face and their potential for making the electricity sector more sustainable. 

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development; January 2003
194 pages; ISBN 9789264019195
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Title: Renewables for Power Generation
Author: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development