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Renewable energy resources and technologies applicable to Ireland

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  • Rourke, Fergal O.
  • Boyle, Fergal
  • Reynolds, Anthony
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    The energy consumed in Ireland is primarily achieved by the combustion of fossil fuels. Ireland's only indigenous fossil fuel is peat; all other fossil fuels are imported. As fossil fuels continually become more expensive, their use as an energy source also has a negative impact on the environment. Ireland's energy consumption can be separated into three divisions: transportation, electricity generation and heat energy. Ireland however has a vast range of high quality renewable energy resources. Ireland has set a target that 33% of its electricity will be generated from renewable sources by 2020 [I. Government. Delivering a Sustainable Energy Future for Ireland; 2007.]. The use of biomass, wind and ocean energy technologies is expected to play a major part in meeting this target. The use of renewable energy technologies will assist sustainable development as well as being a solution to several energy related environmental problems. This paper presents the current state of renewable energy technologies and potential resources available in Ireland. Considering Ireland's present energy state, a future energy mix is proposed.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews.

    Volume (Year): 13 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 8 (October)
    Pages: 1975-1984

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:rensus:v:13:y:2009:i:8:p:1975-1984

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    Keywords: Renewable energy Ireland Sustainability;

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    1. Rourke, Fergal O. & Boyle, Fergal & Reynolds, Anthony, 2010. "Marine current energy devices: Current status and possible future applications in Ireland," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, vol. 14(3), pages 1026-1036, April.
    2. Calero Quesada, María Concepción & García Lafuente, Jesús & Sánchez Garrido, José Carlos & Sammartino, Simone & Delgado, Javier, 2014. "Energy of marine currents in the Strait of Gibraltar and its potential as a renewable energy resource," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, vol. 34(C), pages 98-109.
    3. Golecha, Kailash & Eldho, T.I. & Prabhu, S.V., 2011. "Influence of the deflector plate on the performance of modified Savonius water turbine," Applied Energy, Elsevier, vol. 88(9), pages 3207-3217.
    4. Abila, Nelson, 2014. "Biofuels adoption in Nigeria: Attaining a balance in the food, fuel, feed and fibre objectives," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, vol. 35(C), pages 347-355.

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