Title: Renewable energy research progress in Mexico: A review
Authors: ALEMÁN-NAVA Gibrán S. Alemán-NavaCASIANO-FLORES Victor H.CARDENAS-CHAVEZ Diana L.DÍAZ-CHAVEZ RocíoSCARLAT NICOLAEMAHLKNECHT JürgenDALLEMAND Jean-FrancoisPARRA Roberto
Citation: RENEWABLE & SUSTAINABLE ENERGY REVIEWS vol. 32 no. April 2014 p. 140-153
Publisher: PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD
Publication Year: 2014
JRC N°: JRC86385
ISSN: 1364-0321
URI: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1364032114000148
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC86385
DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2014.01.004
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Mexico ranks 9th in the world in crude oil reserves, 4th in natural gas reserves in America and it is also highly rich in renewable sources (solar, wind, biomasss, hydropower and geothermal), however its potential has not been fully exploited. Hydropower is the renewable energy source with the highest installed capacity within the country (11,603 MW), while geothermal power capacity (958 MW) makes Mexico to be ranked 4th in the use of this energy worldwide. Wind energy potential is concentrated in five different zones, mainly in the state of Oaxaca, and solar energy has a high potential due to Mexico’s ideal location in the so called Solar Belt. Biomass energy has the highest potential (2,635 to 3,771 PJ/year) and also the highest research publications in the country during the last 30 years (1982-2012). Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico has led research publications in hydropower, wind, solar and biomass energy and Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas in geothermal energy during this period. According to General Law for Climate Change the country has set the goal of 35% of energy generated should come from renewable sources by 2024.This paper presents an overview of the renewable energy options available in Mexico, current status, main positive results to date and future potential. It also analyses barriers hindering improvements and proposes pertinent solutions.
JRC Directorate:Energy, Transport and Climate

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