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New Energy Technologies: Microalgae, Photolysis and Airborne Wind Turbines (Version 1, Original)

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Department of Design, Monash University-Caulfield Campus, P.O. Box 197, Caulfield East, Victoria 3145, Australia
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Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Monash University-Clayton Campus, P.O. Box 31, Victoria 3800, Australia
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Received: 13 July 2019 / Accepted: 2 August 2019 / Published: 7 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Power Systems Optimization and Renewable Energies Integration)
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Because of the near-term risk of extreme weather events and other adverse consequences from climate change, and, at least in the longer term, global fossil fuel depletion, there is world-wide interest in shifting to noncarbon energy sources, especially renewable energy (RE). Because of possible limitations on conventional renewable energy sources, researchers have looked for ways of overcoming these shortcomings by introducing radically new energy technologies. The largest RE source today is bioenergy, while solar energy and wind energy are regarded as having the largest technical potential. This paper reviews the literature on proposed new technologies for each of these three RE sources: microalgae for bioenergy, photolysis and airborne wind turbines. The main finding is that their proponents have underestimated the difficulties facing their introduction on a very large scale. View Full-Text
Keywords: airborne wind turbines; climate change; EROI; microalgae; photolysis; renewable energy; technology introduction airborne wind turbines; climate change; EROI; microalgae; photolysis; renewable energy; technology introduction
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Moriarty, P.; Honnery, D. New Energy Technologies: Microalgae, Photolysis and Airborne Wind Turbines. Sci 2019, 1, 43.

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