IRENA reaches out to energy innovators at European Utility Week and the Global Science, Technology and Innovation Conference
The ‘three Ds’ of renewable energy — decarbonisation, decentralisation and digitalisation — are bringing new opportunities and transforming the energy sector. Innovations in technology, operations, policy, regulation, and business, are all interacting and re-enforcing each other’s contributions to the power system transformation towards low-carbon energy.
To better understand the reproducibility and scalability of the energy sector’s innovations and to accelerate the sector’s transformation, IRENA organised in October 2017 two sessions to discuss developments directly with innovators at the European Utility Week 2017 (EUW2017) in Amsterdam, and the Global Science, Technology and Innovation Conference (G-STIC) in Brussels. Continue reading Building innovation networks to transform the energy landscape
Spurred by ambitious national commitments, international agreements and rapid technological progress, governments are increasingly choosing renewable energy to expand their countries’ power infrastructures. In 2014, renewables provided 23% of power generation worldwide, and with the adoption of more ambitious plans and policies, this could reach 45% by 2030.
Amid this accelerating transition, the variability of solar and wind energy — two key sources for renewable power generation — presents new challenges. It also raises questions, like ‘How do you power a country when the wind isn’t blowing or the sun isn’t shining?’ and ‘How does variable power fit with the delivery of reliable electricity?’
Continue reading Planning for Solar and Wind
Building a renewable energy future will require new ways of thinking about the transformation of energy systems locally, regionally and globally. During a plenary session at the World Climate Summit on 13 November, held on the sidelines of COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco, a diverse panel of speakers discussed the kinds of innovations needed to achieve rapid deployment of renewables – starting now and accelerating deployment through to 2050.
IRENA Director General Adnan Z. Amin introduced the session with the observation that the transformation of the power sector is no longer an issue given that the business case has become so clear and compelling. The greater challenge, he said, lies with finding solutions for transport, heating and cooling, and energy intensive industries. Continue reading Decarbonising the Global Economy: Thinking Differently to Achieve a Renewable Energy Future
The energy sector accounts for more than two thirds of global greenhouse gas emissions. By 2050, the global population will reach 9.7 billion, and with this growth the world will need to produce roughly 80% more energy than it does today. Meeting this growing energy demand, particularly in urban areas, will require a global shift towards a more sustainable ‘green economy’.
“The policies, technologies and business models required to power our green economy are available today,” said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin during his keynote speech at the opening of this year’s World Green Economy Summit 2016 (WGES). The World Green Economy Summit is a global platform, held in Dubai, for discussing, fostering, and planning the shift from a fossil fuel powered world, to a green economy. Continue reading IRENA Director-General Brings Renewables Revolution to Centre Stage of Dubai Summit