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Introduction, setting out the Forum objectives

October 26, 2009 by admin

Forum Objectives

  • Is a zero carbon/very low carbon society technically feasible in Ireland?
  • What is Ireland’s sustainable energy resource base?
  • Long term Research and Development priorities if we wish to move in the direction of a zero carbon society

How much energy do we need?

What we need energy for:
  • Transport ,heating and cooling, lighting,information systems, food, manufacturing,gadgets.
Total average UK consumption 195 kWh per day per person

Ref: David J. C. MacKay. Sustainable Energy - without the hot air. UIT Cambridge, 2008. ISBN 978-
0-9544529-3-3. Available free online from www.withouthotair.com

Breakdown of needs

Transporting stuff           12kWh/d
 
Manufacturing stuff       48+KWh/d
Food, farming                15kWh/d
Gadgets                           5kWh/d
Heating and cooling       37kWh/d
Jet flights                       30kWh/d
Car                                40kWh/d
Defence                          4kWh/d
 

Ref: David J. C. MacKay. Sustainable Energy - without the hot air. UIT Cambridge, 2008. ISBN 978-
0-9544529-3-3. Available free online from www.withouthotair.com

Renewables – resource magnitude

resource approx. annual energy comments
 wind power 2000 TWhe/y  primarily onshore
wave power 100 TWhe/y   primarily offshore
 bioenergy 100 TWhth/y   primarily wood
 the rest 10 TWhe/y    tidal, PV, hydro
  10 TWhe/y    solar, waste

Sources: ESBI/ETSU, Total Renewable Energy Resource in Ireland, 1997
ESBI, Accessible Wave Energy Resource Atlas : Ireland : 2005
KMM, Marine Current Resource Study for Ireland, 2004
KMM, Assessment of Offshore Wind Energy Resources, 2003
ESBI, Updating the Renewable Energy Resource in Ireland, 2004
Ref: Staudt L. Ireland’s Energy Resources and Energy Options.
Centre for Renewable Energy, Dundalk IT

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