New lecture series highlights the political, technological, financial, socio-economic, commercial, and regional opportunities and challenges for a future powered by renewables.
Starting this autumn and continuing into 2018, IRENA and the “Sustainable Development in International Cooperation” coordination unit of the University of Bonn have organised a lecture series that will analyse and discuss the political, technological, financial, socioeconomic, commercial and regional opportunities and challenges of a renewable energy powered future.
Covering topics ranging from innovation in renewables to IRENA’s engagement with Island governments in supporting their energy transitions, the lecture series will elaborate on the role of IRENA globally on energy transition, including technology and sector roadmaps, economics, and enabling frameworks. IRENA will share its costs work and its outlook on future competitiveness of key renewable energy technologies, including preliminary results from its upcoming analysis on projected costs and performance of battery electricity storage technologies to 2030
The Agency will outline bioenergy potential in the context of a recently released briefing paper on Bioenergy for Sustainable Development. Key findings from published and ongoing IRENA publications on project facilitation, particularly an overview of renewable energy project development, modelling techniques and case studies, will also be presented.
A lecture focused on planning long-term transition paths for a high share of variable renewable energy, will explore planning to overcome operational bottlenecks and the role of storage in the integration of variable renewable energy into a power system.
A schedule of the lectures can be found below.
|Accelerating the Global Energy Transition||12 October 2017||Dr. Dolf Gielen (Director) and Luis Janeiro (Programme Officer), IRENA|
|Planning for the Transformation of Power Systems||26 October 2017||Dr. Asami Miketa (Programme Officer) and Francisco Gafaro (Program Officer), IRENA|
|Island Energy Transitions||9 November 2017||Emanuele Taibi (Programme Officer) / Peter Journeay-Kaler (Associate Programme Officer), IRENA|
|Approaches to Sustainable Bioenergy||23 November 2017||Jeffrey Skeer (Senior Programme Officer), IRENA|
|Innovation Driving the Energy Sector Transformation||7 December 2017||Francisco Boshell (Programme Officer) and Prof. Dr. Roland Roesch (Senior Programme Officer), IRENA|
|Improving Energy Access with Renewable Energy Project Facilitation||21 December 2017||Prof. Dr. Roland Roesch (Senior Programme Officer) and Simon Benmarraze (Analyst), IRENA|
|The True Costs of Renewables||25 January 2018||Michael Taylor (Senior Analyst), IRENA|
All events will take place from 18:00 to 20:00 in Lecture Hall IX of the University of Bonn’s Main Building. To attend, please register via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or through the online form at https://www.nachhaltige-entwicklung.uni-bonn.de/vorlesungsreihen.