Hydropower Philippines Case Study

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6.6 Philippines: Hydropower Hydropower already contributes a significant proportion of the Philippines’ total electricity consumption. Currently there are 134 hydropower plants, including 21 large hydropower plants in the Philippines. The DOE mainly focuses on small-scale hydropower projects, partially due to the environmental impact of large hydropower projects in the past. Estimated potential from small hydropower is approximately 1.3GW. Wind energy Estimated wind potential in the country is 70GW; however, the wind industry in the Philippines is presently underdeveloped and many of the best possible wind sites are located far from population centres. Despite this underdevelopment, the DOE is looking to wind power to meet increasing…show more content…
Alternative sources, such as bagasse from sugar cane and rice husk are being utilized and further developed as fuel for power projects. The Philippines has large agriculture, forestry and livestock industries, which results in the consumption of biomass energy widely throughout the country. 6.7 Korea: Hydropower In 2011, 7.8TWh of hydropower was produced, making hydropower the country’s top renewables source. It has been estimated that Korea has small-scale hydropower potential of 1.5GW. Installed capacity represents less than 5% of domestic potential, indicating significant untapped resources. Wind energy Renewable Energy in the Asia PacificWindenergy. The south-east of Korea is a good location for offshore wind farms. Korean conglomerates have begun to invest significantly in offshore wind farms. Most wind farm developments however, have been onshore turbines. Present onshore installed capacity is 480MW. Solar energy The greatest economic potential for solar thermal is in Korea’s southern coastal area. In 2008, 276.3MWp of solar power was connected to the…show more content…
Korea has the largest tidal energy station in the world (see below). 6.8 Thailand: Hydropower Like wind power, hydropower has great potential in Thailand, however it has been underutilised to date. There is an estimated capacity of 700MW, with just 56MW installed as of 2008. Wind energy Just 7.28MW of a potential 1.6GW of wind power generation has been developed. Central, western and coastal regions of Thailand have been investigated as possible turbine sites. Solar energy The north and north-eastern regions of Thailand receive an average of six to eight sunshine hours per day, making Thailand an attractive destination for solar PV projects. It is estimated that Thailand has the capacity to generate 50GW of solar power. Geothermal energy There are currently 64 geothermal resources in Thailand, predominantly in the northern regions of the country. The geothermal industry however, will not contribute significantly to Thailand’s renewable energy target. A geothermal target of just 1MW by 2021 underlies the reliance on other sources of renewable energy. Biomass

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