Saudi Arabia has a wealth of renewable energy resources which can contribute to a sustainable energy mix for the Kingdom.
K.A.CARE’s Renewable Resource Monitoring and Mapping Program is gathering information on the characteristics and variability of four types of renewable resources in Saudi Arabia, and displaying this information in an Atlas:
Solar Energy – harnessing radiant light and heat from the sun, solar resources have great potential in Saudi Arabia, and are currently being characterized by a ground-based solar resources monitoring network.
Wind Energy – harnessing energy from the air movement (wind) created by uneven heating of the Earth from the sun, wind resources can contribute to a sustainable energy mix in Saudi Arabia, and will be characterized by a planned wind resource monitoring network.
Waste-to-Energy – harnessing energy contained in municipal, sewage, agricultural, and other types of waste, waste-to-energy technologies can provide electricity while eliminating public health and environmental threats from improperly treated waste; resources in Saudi Arabia will be characterized through collection of data on waste generation rates and types.
Geothermal Energy – harnessing thermal energy generated and stored in the Earth, geothermal resources have potential in Saudi Arabia, and will be characterized with data such as ground and groundwater temperatures and flow rates.
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