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Assessment of renewable energy resources potential in Oman and identification of barrier to their significant utilization

Abstract: 
Oman relies on gas and oil resources fuels for almost all of its energy needs. Almost 99% of its power generation is based on natural gas. However, the country's natural gas supplies are currently largely committed, and it may become a net importer soon. Therefore, there is a need to look for alternative energy resources. This paper presents a review of the assessed potential of renewable resources and practical limitations to their considerable use in the perspective of present scenarios and future projections of the national energy for Oman. Solar and wind are likely to play an important role in the future energy in Oman provided that clear policies are established by the higher authority for using renewable energy resources. Rural Areas Electric Company has initiated solar and wind pilot projects in its concession area to confirm the performance and efficiency of renewable technologies in local conditions.
Author: 
A.H. Al-Badi, A. Malik, A. Gastli
Institution: 
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, College of Engineering, Sultan Qaboos University
Year: 
2014
Input By: 
Oraib Al-Ketan
Affiliation: 
Masdat Institute-ESM608-2017-Group1
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Region(s): 
Industry Focus: 
Energy
Country: 
Oman
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