A review of recent renewable energy status and potentials in Oman

Patrick Amoatey, Amer Al-Hinai*, Abdullah Al-Mamun, Mahad Said Baawain

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This study aimed to assess renewable production and consumption levels including recent renewable energy (solar, wind, biogas, and geothermal) plans and projects in Oman. In doing so, various renewable energy datasets were acquired mostly from government agencies, international organizations, and scientific databases. The study results showed that solar energy has been the only source of renewable energy production levels in Oman since 2017, while other forms have not been adequately explored. It was also found that, during recent years, the country has unveiled ambitious renewable production plans leading to an investment in several megawatts (MW) of solar power plants, wind farms, and biogas energy projects across the country. Oman's current renewable energy share target is 30% by 2030 with this increasing to ∼35–39% by 2040. Offshore power has also been found to produce ∼1.3 more energy than land/onshore-based wind energy sources. However, the few existing geothermal reservoirs, which are mainly low (70–90 ℃) and medium (100–174 ℃) enthalpy reservoirs, have not been explored and no projects have yet been initiated. Therefore, a clear and comprehensive renewable energy source-specific policy, research and development programs in terms of exploration, production, and usage of renewable energy are urgently needed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101919
JournalSustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments
Volume51
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Biogas
  • Geothermal
  • Oman
  • Renewable Energy
  • Solar
  • Wind

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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