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Current Status, Scenario, and Prospective of Renewable Energy in Algeria: A Review

Version 1 : Received: 8 March 2021 / Approved: 9 March 2021 / Online: 9 March 2021 (10:50:33 CET)

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Zahraoui, Y.; Basir Khan, M.R.; AlHamrouni, I.; Mekhilef, S.; Ahmed, M. Current Status, Scenario, and Prospective of Renewable Energy in Algeria: A Review. Energies 2021, 14, 2354. Zahraoui, Y.; Basir Khan, M.R.; AlHamrouni, I.; Mekhilef, S.; Ahmed, M. Current Status, Scenario, and Prospective of Renewable Energy in Algeria: A Review. Energies 2021, 14, 2354.

Journal reference: Energies 2021, 14, 2354
DOI: 10.3390/en14092354

Abstract

Energy demand has been overgrowing in developing countries. Moreover, the fluctuation of fuel prices is a primary concern faced by many countries that highly rely on conventional power generation to meet the load demand. Hence, the need to use alternative resources such as renewable energy is crucial to mitigate fossil fuel dependency alongside the reduction of Carbon Dioxide emission. Algeria’s being the largest county in Africa has rapid growth in energy demand since the past decade due to the significant increase of residential, commercial, and industry sectors. Currently, the hydrocarbon-rich nation highly dependent on fossil fuels for electricity generation, where renewable energy only has a small contribution to the country’s energy mix. However, the country has massive potential for renewable energy generations such as solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, and hydropower. Therefore, the government aims to diversify away from fossil fuel and promoting renewable energy generations through policies and renewable energy-related programs. The country’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Development Plan focuses on large scale solar, wind generation as well as geothermal and biomass technologies. This paper provides an update on the current energy position and renewable energy status in Algeria. Moreover, this paper discusses RE policies and programs that aim to increase the country’s renewable energy generation and its implementation status.

Keywords

Algeria; Africa; Renewable Energy; Solar; PENREE

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