What is renewable energy?

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What is renewable energy?

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Renewable energy refers to

Mon, 07/25/2011 - 14:08

Renewable energy refers to electricity generated from non-traditional energy resources such as solar, wind, micro-hydroelectric, geothermal, ocean wave and biomass projects.  The Philippines, an archipelago located near the equator and being a part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, is among the countries that have vast harvestable renewable energy resources.

 

A study by the Renewable Energy Coalition found that the Philippines has the potential to generate more than 100,000 megawatts of electricity from these natural sources of power.  These potential sources of power include geothermal (4,531 MW), hydro-electric, (13,097 MW), and wind resources (76,600 MW). Potential biomass energy could translate to 277 million barrels fuel oil equivalent (MBFOE) a year while solar power has potential average production of 5.0 to 5.1 kilowatt-hour per square meter per day.  The Philippines is said to have solar radiation of 1,900 kilowatts per square meter.
So far, renewable energy projects, excluding large hydroelectric and geothermal plants, account for just 5 percent of the total energy supply in the Philippines.  If large hydroelectric and geothermal plants are to be included in the equation, the contribution of renewable energy in the Philippines would reach 27.2 percent of the total primary energy mix.
Under the Renewable Energy program, the Department of Energy targets to treble the existing renewable energy contribution which was estimated at 5,400 megawatts as of 2010 to 15,000 MW by 2030.  At present, only a third of the Philippines’ installed generating capacity comes from renewable sources. Energy Undersecretary Jay Layug said that under the new roadmap, renewable capacity would rise to 15,000 megawatts by 2030, making up at least half of the country’s energy mix.
Aside from the Philippines, more than 100 countries have their own policies that promote the development and use of renewable energy.

A study by the Renewable Energy Coalition found that the Philippines has the potential to generate more than 100,000 megawatts of electricity from these natural sources of power.  These potential sources of power include geothermal (4,531 MW), hydro-electric, (13,097 MW), and wind resources (76,600 MW). Potential biomass energy could translate to 277 million barrels fuel oil equivalent (MBFOE) a year while solar power has potential average production of 5.0 to 5.1 kilowatt-hour per square meter per day.  The Philippines is said to have solar radiation of 1,900 kilowatts per square meter.

So far, renewable energy projects, excluding large hydroelectric and geothermal plants, account for just 5 percent of the total energy supply in the Philippines.  If large hydroelectric and geothermal plants are to be included in the equation, the contribution of renewable energy in the Philippines would reach 27.2 percent of the total primary energy mix.

Under the Renewable Energy program, the Department of Energy targets to treble the existing renewable energy contribution which was estimated at 5,400 megawatts as of 2010 to 15,000 MW by 2030.  At present, only a third of the Philippines’ installed generating capacity comes from renewable sources. Energy Undersecretary Jay Layug said that under the new roadmap, renewable capacity would rise to 15,000 megawatts by 2030, making up at least half of the country’s energy mix.

Aside from the Philippines, more than 100 countries have their own policies that promote the development and use of renewable energy.