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Distributed energy resources and benefits to the environment

Akorede, Mudathir Funsho and Hizam, Hashim and Pouresmaeil, Edris (2010) Distributed energy resources and benefits to the environment. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 14 (2). pp. 724-734. ISSN 1816-157X

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The recently released report of the International Energy Outlook (IEO2009) projects an increase of 44% in the world energy demand from 2006 to 2030, and 77% rise in the net electricity generation worldwide in the same period. However, threatening in the said report is that 80% of the total generation in 2030 would be produced from fossil fuels. This global dependence on fossil fuels is dangerous to our environment in terms of their emissions unless specific policies and measures are put in place. Nevertheless, recent research reveals that a reduction in the emissions of these gases is possible with widespread adoption of distributed generation (DG) technologies that feed on renewable energy sources, in the generation of electric power. This paper gives a detailed overview of distributed energy resources technologies, and also discusses the devastating impacts of the conventional power plants feeding on fossil fuels to our environment. The study finally justifies how DG technologies could substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions when fully adopted; hence, reducing the public concerns over human health risks caused by the conventional method of electricity generation.

Item Type:Article
Keyword:Greenhouse gas emissions, Distributed energy resources, DG technologies, Energy storage, Combined heat and power, Renewable energy
Faculty or Institute:Faculty of Engineering
Publisher:Elsevier Ltd
DOI Number:10.1016/j.rser.2009.10.025
ID Code:10885
Deposited By: Anas Yahaya
Deposited On:17 Mar 2011 12:49
Last Modified:27 May 2013 15:47

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