Thursday, February 25, 2010

100% Renewables by 2020

The people at Beyond Zero Emissions have just released their Stationary Energy Sector report. It is part of their Zero Carbon Australia project, and details exactly how Australia could move to 100% renewable electricity by 2020.


With Australia being as sunny as it is, the main component is Concentrated Solar Thermal (pictured above) which focusses sunlight on a central tower. The enormous heat that is generated is then converted into electricity (even after dark).


The above map shows where the solar stations (yellow) and wind farms (blue) could be located in order to provide the reliable supply of electricity we are used to. In extreme circumstances, biomass and hydropower are ready as backups.

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