Evaluation of renewable energy technologies and their potential for technical integration and cost-effective use within the U.S. energy sector

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Publication Type pre-print
School or College College of Engineering
Department Mechanical Engineering
Creator Thomas, Tran T. D.
Other Author Smith, Amanda D.
Title Evaluation of renewable energy technologies and their potential for technical integration and cost-effective use within the U.S. energy sector
Date 2017-07
Description Energy demands, environmental impacts of energy conversion, and the depletion of fossil; fuels are constant topics of discussion in the energy industry. Renewable energy technologies; have been proposed for many years to address these concerns. However, the transformation; from traditional methods of power generation, usually based on fossil fuels, to power generation; based on renewable resources presents many challenges associated with emerging, or; less established, technologies. This paper examines the role of renewable energy in the U.S.; and its potential to meet current and future energy needs in a way that is technically and; economically sound. Renewable energy technologies, ranging from well-developed and established; to new and emerging technologies, are presented in terms of their technical potential,; current state of the technology, potential for further growth, and economic potential. While; renewable energy sources are abundant across the U.S., issues of dispatchability, variability,; scalability, energy storage, geographic limitations, and investment costs are critical in determining; future progress. The analysis in this paper can be used to guide the integration; of renewable energy systems toward becoming a larger share of energy production.
Type Text
Publisher Elsevier
Journal Title Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
Volume 80
First Page 1372
Last Page 1388
DOI DOI: j.rser.2017.05.228
Subject Renewable energy; Power generation; Electrical grid; Emerging energy systems; System integration
Language eng
Rights Management (c) Thomas T. D. Tran, Amanda D. Smith
Format Medium application/pdf
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Date Created 2018-03-06
Date Modified 2018-03-06
ID 1300865
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s60k67n2
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