Assessment of renewable energy resources potential in Oman and identification of barrier to their significant utilization

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Abstract

Oman relies on gas and oil resources fuels for almost all of its energy needs. Almost 99% of its power generation is based on natural gas. However, the country's natural gas supplies are currently largely committed, and it may become a net importer soon. Therefore, there is a need to look for alternative energy resources. This paper presents a review of the assessed potential of renewable resources and practical limitations to their considerable use in the perspective of present scenarios and future projections of the national energy for Oman. Solar and wind are likely to play an important role in the future energy in Oman provided that clear policies are established by the higher authority for using renewable energy resources. Rural Areas Electric Company has initiated solar and wind pilot projects in its concession area to confirm the performance and efficiency of renewable technologies in local conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2734-2739
Number of pages6
JournalRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
Volume13
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009

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Keywords

  • Barriers
  • Incentives
  • Oman
  • Renewable energy
  • Solar
  • Wind

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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