publication . Other literature type . Article . 2011

Providing all global energy with wind, water, and solar power, Part I: Technologies, energy resources, quantities and areas of infrastructure, and materials

Mark Z. Jacobson; Mark A. Delucchi;
  • Published: 01 Mar 2011
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
Abstract
Climate change, pollution, and energy insecurity are among the greatest problems of our time. Addressing them requires major changes in our energy infrastructure. Here, we analyze the feasibility of providing worldwide energy for all purposes (electric power, transportation, heating/cooling, etc.) from wind, water, and sunlight (WWS). In Part I, we discuss WWS energy system characteristics, current and future energy demand, availability of WWS resources, numbers of WWS devices, and area and material requirements. In Part II, we address variability, economics, and policy of WWS energy. We estimate that � 3,800,000 5 MW wind turbines, � 49,000 300 MW concentrated ...
Subjects
free text keywords: Environmental engineering, Distributed generation, business.industry, business, Wind power, Pumped-storage hydroelectricity, Electric power, Power station, Economics, Renewable energy, Grid energy storage, Solar power
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