Storage side event at International Congress I+D+I
22 September 2017
Quito, Ecuador

IRENA jointly organizes with the National Institute of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (INER) of Ecuador a half-day workshop during the International Congress and Scientific Fair. The workshop will discuss different perspectives of the role of energy storage for the global energy transition, and present the preliminary findings of IRENA’s electricity storage costs and outlook work.

Bringing together regional and international experts from leading institutions in storage technologies and market research, the workshop will encourage an international debate among experts.

IRENA Co-hosted session at the European Utility Week 2017 - Spreading innovation for the power sector transformation globally: What EU’s experiences mean for the rest of the world?
3 – 5 October 2017
Amsterdam, Netherlands

IRENA will co-host a session, as part of the European Utility Week 2017, that aims to showcase and share the emerging experiences and innovative practices that support the power sector transformation towards a more decentralised and renewables-based system. Innovations can result in cost reductions of enabling technologies, and approaches to operate power systems that enable a 100% variable renewable energy mix in the system.

Training the System Operator of Panama on modelling VRE
9 – 13 October 2017
Panama City, Panama

This four-day specialised training for the planning engineers of Panama’s power system operator and transmission company, will focus on modelling variable renewable energy (VRE) and applying it to technical planning studies.

The training will cover in depth the underlying concepts and parameters of VRE models for grid studies, and after the training, the analysts will be better able to include the expected high shares of VRE in the technical planning analyses that they prepare every semester.

The training is part of the implementation of the Clean Energy Corridor of Central America initiative in Panama, in collaboration with Panama’s Secretary of Energy. It is jointly organised with the system operator and the Electric Transmission Company.

Kindly note that this event is by invitation only.

Global Green Growth Week 2017: Unlocking Africa’s Green Growth Potential
17 – 20 October 2017
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

In partnership with the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) will hold Global Green Growth Week 2017 from 17 to 20 October in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. On the side-lines of the event, IRENA will host a roundtable discussion for experts on the Agency’s research and survey findings regarding the mobilisation of institutional capital.

In collaboration with GGGI, IRENA will co-host a session entitled, Financing Africa: Mobilizing local capital markets for renewable energy investment, which will focus on how to mobilise local capital markets for renewable energy investment and will showcase the growing importance of Africa-based institutional investors in financing green projects in Africa.

Renewable Future – Lecture Series
12 October 2017 – 25 January 2018
University of Bonn’s Main Building

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 18:00 to 20:00 Dr. Dolf Gielen (Director) and Luis Janeiro (Programme Officer), IRENA
Planning for the Transformation of Power Systems 26 October 2017 18:00 to 20:00 Dr. Asami Miketa (Programme Officer) and Francisco Gafaro (Program Officer), IRENA
Island Energy Transitions 9 November 2017 18:00 to 20:00 Emanuele Taibi (Programme Officer) / Peter Journeay-Kaler (Associate Programme Officer), IRENA
Approaches to Sustainable Bioenergy 23 November 2017  18:00 to 20:00 Jeffrey Skeer (Senior Programme Officer), IRENA
Innovation Driving the Energy Sector Transformation 7 December 2017 18:00 to 20:00

Francisco Boshell (Programme Officer) and Prof.

Dr. Roland Roesch (Senior Programme Officer), IRENA

Improving Energy Access with Renewable Energy Project Facilitation 21 December 2017 18:00 to 20:00 Prof. Dr. Roland Roesch (Senior Programme Officer) and Simon Benmarraze (Analyst), IRENA
The True Costs of Renewables 25 January 2018 18:00 to 20:00 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 the online form at

Workshop on Sustainable Rural Biofuel Strategy in Africa
Early 2018
Location: TBC

In Africa, bioenergy is a main source of energy for 70 to 80 percent of its population (approximately 800 million people). It has become more challenging for Africans to respond to the global demand towards low-carbon society while adapting themselves to the rapidly changing environment and increasing uncertainty caused by climate change, population growth and land degradation among others.

In cooperation with the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) and Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS), this workshop, to be held at the 21st Session of the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission, will provide information on how to increase bioenergy availability with improved food security while ensuring positive social and environmental impacts in rural Africa.

Call for submissions: IRENA is collecting good practices till the end of August 2017 that will be reviewed by an expert group. All the contributions meeting the requirements will be asked to submit a full paper to be submitted by the end of October 2017.

Selected contributions will be invited to give a presentation at the Workshop to be held at 21st Session of the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission, in early 2018 (TBC).

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