FourFour2 article A new paper by scientists at the University of Edinburgh and the University’s Centre for Energy and Environment at King’s College London shows that solar is the cheapest energy source for generating power.
The researchers found that solar energy could be the cheapest way to generate power for at least a decade.
The study was published in the journal Energy & Planning A and is available on the arXiv.
The paper’s authors are Professor Stephen Alder from the University and Professor Michael Gower from the King’s Department of Chemistry and Physics.
Their paper looked at a new energy source called biomass energy.
They looked at biomass energy from the sun and its interactions with carbon dioxide, nitrogen and methane.
They looked at the potential for biomass energy, which is derived from plants that have photosynthetic properties, to be more efficient than coal and gas for generating electricity.
Their work found that biomass energy could produce up to 5.5 per cent more power than conventional coal and more than 25 per cent energy efficiency.
BioprocessingThe researchers found it could be as cheap as 5 per cent of the cost of a typical coal plant, but as inefficient as 60 per cent.
The research also found that it was possible to make biomass energy cheaper than coal with the use of carbon capture and storage (CCS), which can capture carbon dioxide and store it in a landfill.
The researchers looked at four scenarios, which included a 50 per cent biomass power plant, a 50-50 biomass power and a 50/50 biomass.
They found that the biomass plant could be 50 per.
The energy produced from biomass energy was lower in greenhouse gas emissions per unit of energy produced.
In their paper, they write that:”We found that a biomass energy power plant could generate enough power to supply the needs of at least 100 000 people for five years at a price per kilowatt-hour of electricity produced of between $1.80 and $2.00 per kWh.”
They also said:”The power generated from biomass power could also be delivered to the grid in a manner that was at least 50 per per cent efficient and as cheap to operate as coal-fired power stations.”
In their study, the researchers said they found biomass energy to be one of the least expensive forms of energy.
They said:”[B]y reducing the biomass to gas form, CO2 can be captured in the biomass, stored, transported and transported again.
In this way, the CO2 generated by biomass energy can be stored and reused for the following year and/or decades, without the need to generate electricity from fossil fuels.”
In terms of efficiency, the team found that bioenergy could be 100 per cent less efficient than conventional gas plants.
They wrote:”With a high efficiency, biomass energy is also cheaper to operate than a conventional gas plant, which has a capacity factor of 50 per, and therefore can be less expensive to operate for the generation of electricity than a coal-powered plant.
In addition, biomass power is also much less costly to operate and maintain than a gas-fired plant.”
This means that biofuels could be a cost-effective alternative to fossil fuels.
The authors of the paper said they looked at both carbon capture, and carbon storage, but said the study did not focus on carbon storage.
The study found that:”[O]ne way to reduce the cost and availability of biomass energy would be to replace the fuel with gas or oil, which can be expensive and which is a much more efficient fuel than biomass.”
The researchers added:”In order to avoid fossil fuels becoming an essential component of the global energy supply, biomass plants could also contribute to the transition away from fossil energy.”
The paper will be discussed at the upcoming Global Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi.