Sustainable energy usage in Oman - Opportunities and barriers

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Abstract

Energy is directly related to the most critical social issues which affect sustainable development. Today there is a great incentive for countries to exploit renewable energies in order to slow down the changes in environment and to guard against future trends. 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. Comparison of different solar energy technologies revealed that Concentrator Photovoltaic (CPV) technology may constitute a more appropriate choice for large solar power plants implementation in Oman. Moreover, Oman will not be alone in the region in this regard as similar moves are carried out in other Middle Eastern countries. The status of energy conservation and demand-side management are also discussed in the paper.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3780-3788
Number of pages9
JournalRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
Volume15
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011

Keywords

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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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