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Is land really a constraint for the utilization of solar energy in India?

Mitavachan, H and Srinivasan, J (2012) Is land really a constraint for the utilization of solar energy in India? In: CURRENT SCIENCE, 103 (2). pp. 163-168.

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Abstract

This article compares the land use in solar energy technologies with conventional energy sources. This has been done by introducing two parameters called land transformation and land occupation. It has been shown that the land area transformed by solar energy power generation is small compared to hydroelectric power generation, and is comparable with coal and nuclear energy power generation when life-cycle transformations are considered. We estimate that 0.97% of total land area or 3.1% of the total uncultivable land area of India would be required to generate 3400 TWh/yr from solar energy power systems in conjunction with other renewable energy sources.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to INDIAN ACAD SCIENCES, BANGALORE 560 080, INDIA
Keywords: Land occupation;land transformation;land use;photovoltaic;renewable energy; solar energy
Department/Centre: Division of Earth and Environmental Sciences > Divecha Centre for Climate Change
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2012 11:08
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2012 11:08
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/45103

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