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Emerging Energy Sources for Asia. Draft Report to Asian Development Bank

Michael M.D. Ross
RER Renewable Energy Research

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Asian Development Bank


This draft report was prepared for the Asian Development Bank as a background document for their 2013 Asian Development Outlook. An abridged version of the report is published in Lee et al., eds., Asia's Energy Challenge: Key Issues and Policy Options. Routledge, 2014.


Ross, Michael M. D. Emerging Energy Sources for Asia. Draft Report to the Asian Development Bank. Montréal, Qc.: RER Energy Inc, 2013.


With the existing energy supply and energy security situation of the ADB member countries having been explored in other background chapters, this chapter turns to the prospects of new and emerging energy sources in the developing countries of Asia. The emerging energy sources examined in this chapter shale gas, solar (photovoltaics and concentrating solar power), wind, geothermal, landfill gas, tidal, gas hydrates, and clean coal. Shale gas, photovoltaics, and wind, are given more attention than the others, which are dealt with in an appendix.

Each energy source is introduced in terms of its salient technical characteristics, its current market situation, and general prospects for market growth. Then it examines these energy sources from the perspective of energy security for Asian countries into the middle of the 21st century: