Potential of renewable energy alternatives in Australia

Yusaf, Talal and Goh, Steven and Borserio, J. A. (2011) Potential of renewable energy alternatives in Australia. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 15 (5). pp. 2214-2221. ISSN 1364-0321

Abstract

Australia is one of those countries that are considered rich and abundant in fossil fuel energy resources. It is important for Australia to regulate the use of conventional energy and attempt replacing these conventional energies with renewable energy (RE) resources. Renewable energy resources in Australia are widely categorised as solar energy, biomass, wave energy and wind energy. By increasing the utilisation of renewable energy resources the national contribution to world wide green house gases (GHG) emissions would be reduced, at the moment approximately 50% of Australia’s GHG emissions are contributed from electricity generation [Dicks, AL, Diniz da Costa, JC, Simpson A, McLellan B. Fuel cells, hydrogen and energy supply in Australia. Journal of Power Sources 2004;1:1–12] with a large proportion of the remaining emissions coming from transport and vehicular sectors. As Australia’s population, as well as that of the world, continues to grow and live increasingly energy dependant lives, the future of energy supply will grow. This paper investigates the potential of renewable resources in Australia at present and the magnitude of their present and future contributions to the national energy consumption. Conclusions will be drawn from the results of this investigative scan and recommendations will be proposed.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version due to publisher copyright restrictions.
Depositing User: Mr Steven Goh
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2011 02:56
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2014 03:37
Uncontrolled Keywords: renewable energy; Australia; solar; wind; biofuel
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091305 Energy Generation, Conversion and Storage Engineering
09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090608 Renewable Power and Energy Systems Engineering (excl. Solar Cells)
09 Engineering > 0907 Environmental Engineering > 090703 Environmental Technologies
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): B Economic Development > 85 Energy > 8505 Renewable Energy > 850504 Solar-Photovoltaic Energy
B Economic Development > 85 Energy > 8505 Renewable Energy > 850506 Solar-Thermal Energy
B Economic Development > 85 Energy > 8505 Renewable Energy > 850599 Renewable Energy not elsewhere classified
B Economic Development > 85 Energy > 8505 Renewable Energy > 850501 Biofuel (Biomass) Energy
B Economic Development > 85 Energy > 8505 Renewable Energy > 850505 Solar-Thermal Electric Energy
B Economic Development > 85 Energy > 8505 Renewable Energy > 850503 Hydro-Electric Energy
B Economic Development > 85 Energy > 8505 Renewable Energy > 850509 Wind Energy
B Economic Development > 85 Energy > 8505 Renewable Energy > 850502 Geothermal Energy
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1016/j.rser.2011.01.018
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/18732

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