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Renewable energy for the world’s developing countries

By 2050, about 50 per cent of world’s energy needs could be met by renewable energy, said interim Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) Helene Pelosse, at the conference

Masdar eyes affordable renewable energy11th World Renewable Energy Conference begins in Abu Dhabi gulfnews By Rayeesa Absal and Binsal Abdul Kader,  September 27, 2010 Abu Dhabi: Developing countries are to be offered renewable energy resources at an affordable price, thanks to a UAE programme, the 11th World Renewable Energy Conference (WREC) in Abu Dhabi heard on Sunday.

Mohammad Al Bowardi, Secretary General of the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi Emirate and Managing Director of Environment Agency — Abu Dhabi (EAD) said: “Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company — Masdar — has invested in the financial and human resources necessary to achieve its goals and to face the challenge of providing renewable energy sources at a cost that can be available to developing countries.”

The five-day conference, being held under the patronage of Shaikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Ruler’s Representative in the Western Region and Chairman of the EAD, is to help protect energy supply without damaging the environment, and improve renewable energy information and education. More than 500 scientists, researchers and experts from 92 countries are attending the conference, which has been organised by the EAD and the World Renewable Energy Network (WREN) in the UK. It will end on Thursday……..

Projection: Double-digit growth

By 2050, about 50 per cent of world’s energy needs could be met by renewable energy, said interim Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) Helene Pelosse, at the conference. The global consumption of renewable energy is currently 18 per cent, she said.

Pelosse said there could be double-digit growth rates of photovoltaic (solar cell) and wind power in the coming years, when it was expected that 60 per cent of new energy sources in Europe would come from renewable energy.

Pelosse said there were six main sources of renewable energy: bio-energy (agricultural and industrial residues, waste, forests, energy crops), geothermal, hydropower (large and small), ocean (wave, tidal, osmosis, thermal), solar (photovoltaic, solar thermal) and wind (on-shore and off-shore).

In 2009, sources of renewable energy were: large hydropower (920 gigaWatts), wind (159 gW), small hydro power (85gW), biomass power (54gW), grid-connected solar photovoltaic (21gW), geothermal power (11gW), concentrated solar power (0.7gW) and tidal power (0.3gW), she said.

gulfnews : Masdar eyes affordable renewable energy

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