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The Carbon Crunch$
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Dieter Helm

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780300186598

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300186598.001.0001

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Current renewables technologies to the rescue?

Current renewables technologies to the rescue?

(p.75) Chapter 4 Current renewables technologies to the rescue?
The Carbon Crunch

Dieter Helm

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the current renewable technology choices of wind, solar, and bio-energy as a solution to rising emissions leading to climate change. Though each location has, in an important sense, unique elements, there are nevertheless generic features that handicap wind compared with most technologies, whether renewable or otherwise. Where intermittency is concerned, solar at least has the advantage that it tends to peak in the middle of the day, thereby coinciding with daily demand peaks. Biomass is considered a renewable in so far as, in theory, it is a closed-carbon loop. Renewables also have the merit of being typically small scale and decentralized, and this also fits well with the green ideology of sustainable communities, living in harmony with nature.

Keywords:   renewable technology, wind, solar, bio-energy, biomass, emissions, climate change, intermittency, renewables

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