ECN publication
Status and prospects of renewable energy sources
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ECN 1996
ECN report number: Document type:
ECN-RX--96-066 Other
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After the first oil crisis in 1973 renewable energy sources again becamefocus of energy policy of both industrialized and developing countries. Most countries were eager to reduce their dependency on one single energy source, in particular oil. A few years before the oil crisis research and development activities already started looking in ways to make our world more sustainable. This was a result of the work of the 'Club of Rome'. In order of importance the following arguments were put forward to develop renewable energy sources: diversification and conservation of resources. Later two arguments were added and gradually became the most important ones: reduction of (greenhouse) gases connected to the use of fossil energy sources and employment. At present, the majority of the countries in the world in some way have national renewable energy development programmes in place. This contribution will address some of the renewables in some more detail. The emphasis, however, is on wind energy, not because this is the most promising (which actually is solar energy), but because of the simple fact that most of the author's expertise lies in this field. 12 figs., 4 tabs., 10 refs.

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