ECN publication
Mapping climate-mitigation technologies/goods within the energy supply sector
Published by: Publication date:
ECN Policy Studies 24-11-2008
ECN report number: Document type:
ECN-E--08-072 ECN publication
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On behalf of and in close cooperation with the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) (Switzerland), this study analyses the state-of-the-art of renewable energy (RE) technologies not only to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but particularly to develop into mainstream technologies for industrialised and developing countries alike. In order to give a broad view of technologies that are (becoming) commercially available today as well as technologies that need 5 to 10 years before commercialisation, the technologies of interest were listed and characterised in accordance with ICTSD. This was accomplished with the goal of detailed mapping studies in order to enable ICTSD to identify issues related to international trade. In general, a large number of renewable energy technologies show high grow rates and corresponding cost reductions. However, there are also several renewable energy technologies that need another 5 to 10 years before they may become commercial. Even then, some renewable options may not yet be commercial, as they are still in a very early stage of R&D or lack sufficient government R&D spending until this date. Besides renewable energy options, also a few options for electricity storage and some options of CO2 capture and storage (CCS) are shortly addressed.

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