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Article

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Environmental and geological engineering, Energy and fuels

Publication Details

In Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2009, 13 (8), pp.1975-1984. Available from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=MImg&_imagekey=B6VMY-4VKMP6X-8-7&_cdi=6163&_user=2322584&_orig=browse&_coverDate=10%2F31%2F2009&_sk=999869991&view=c&wchp=dGLbVlW-zSkzV&md5=447436fd5562ccc1938d2e5a0abf41f2&ie=/sdarticle.pdf

Abstract

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 well as fossil fuels continually becoming more expensive, their use as an energy source also has a negative impact on the environment. Ireland’s energy consumption can be separated into 3 divisions; transportation, electricity generation and heat energy. Ireland however has a vast range of high quality renewable energy resources. Ireland has set a target of 33% of its electricity will be generated from renewable sources by 2020[1]. 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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