Date: Apr 2017
Title: Renewable Energy Prospects for the Russian Federation (REmap working paper)
Abstract: The Russian Federation has set out to increase and diversify its use of renewables, particularly for power generation. Under current plans and policies, renewables would reach nearly 5% of total final energy consumption by 2030
Language:  English
Series:  Remap
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Date: Mar 2017
Title: Renewable Capacity Statistics 2017
Abstract: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) produces comprehensive renewable energy statistics on a range of topics. This publication presents renewable power generation capacity statistics for the last decade (2007-2016) in trilingual tables.
Language:  English
Series:  Data
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Date: Mar 2017
Title: Renewables Readiness Assessment: The Philippines
Abstract: Like many countries in South East Asia the Philippines faces twin challenges of population growth and rising energy demand Dependent on imports for nearly half its primary energy supply the country is highly exposed to oil price volatility Frequent tropical storms meanwhile adversely impact...
Language:  English
Series:  Regional Reviews
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Date: Mar 2017
Title: Renewable energy in district heating and cooling: A sector roadmap for REmap
Abstract: District heating and cooling (DHC) combined with renewable energy sources can help meet rising urban energy needs improve efficiency reduce emissions and improve local air quality Although currently dominated by fossil fuels such as coal and gas DHC systems can be upgraded or new networks...
Language:  English
Series:  Remap
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Date: Mar 2017
Title: Perspectives for the energy transition: Investment needs for a low-carbon energy system
Abstract: This joint study looks at the potential for decarbonisation in the energy sector in G20 countries and around the world. Chapter 3, “Global Energy Transition Prospects and the Role of Renewables”, highlights findings from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
Language:  English
Series:  Insights
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Date: Mar 2017
Title: Renewable Energy Prospects: Indonesia
Abstract: Indonesia is the largest country in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) accounting for around two fifths of the region’s energy consumption Energy demand across the country’s more than 17 000 islands could increase by four fifths and electricity demand could triple between 2015 and...
Language:  English
Series:  Regional reviews
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Date: Mar 2017
Title: Biogas for road vehicles: Technology brief
Abstract: Switching to biogas as vehicle fuel can reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transport sector between 60% and 80% compared to fossil-based fuels like gasoline and diesel.
Language:  English
Series:  Handbooks
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Date: Feb 2017
Title: Electric vehicles: Technology brief
Abstract: The global stock of electric vehicles (EVs) reached 1 million in 2015 and exceeded 2 million by the end of 2016. Yet even faster growth is needed for EVs to fulfil their essential role in the global energy transition, both through lowering vehicle emissions and boosting renewable energy use.
Language:  English
Series:  Handbooks
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Date: Feb 2017
Title: Biofuels for aviation: Technology brief
Abstract: Developing and promoting biofuels for aviation will be essential to reduce carbon emissions from commercial aviation. As a first step, some pioneering airports have already incorporated bio-jet fuel into their refuelling systems..
Language:  English
Series:  Handbooks
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Date: Feb 2017
Title: National Energy Roadmaps for Island
Abstract: Islands around the world face crucial energy challenges, including fuel import dependency, high electricity costs, environmental sensitivity and vulnerability to climate change.
Language:  English
Series:  Regional Reviews
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Date: Jan 2017
Title: Accelerating Off-grid Renewable Energy: Key Findings and Recommendations from IOREC 2016
Abstract: The business case for off-grid renewables as a means to expand rural electricity access keeps growing stronger thanks to steady cost reductions and technological innovation Yet further accelerating the growth of either mini-grid or stand-alone solutions will depend also on stable policies and...
Language:  English
Series:  Insights
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Date: Jan 2017
Title: Renewable Energy Auctions: Analysing 2016 (executive summary)
Abstract: At least 67 countries had used auctions for renewable energy contracts by mid-2016 up from less than 10 in 2005 The forthcoming report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) – of which this summary provides a preview – provides key updates on this crucial mechanism for price...
Language:  English
Series:  Insights
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Date: Jan 2017
Title: Planning for the renewable future: Long-term modelling and tools to expand variable renewable power in emerging economies
Abstract: Ambitious national commitments international agreements and rapid technological progress have prompted countries around the world to turn increasingly renewable energy to expand their power infrastructure However the variability of solar and wind energy – two key sources for renewable power...
Language:  English
Series:  Handbooks
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Date: Jan 2017
Title: REthinking Energy 2017: Accelerating the global energy transformation
Abstract: Renewable energy is a fundamental and growing part of the global energy transformation. Increasingly, renewables have become the first choice for expanding, upgrading and modernising power systems around the world.
Language:  English
Series:  REthinking Energy
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Date: Jan 2017
Title: Cost-competitive renewable power generation: Potential across South East Europe
Abstract: Renewable energy has long been used in South East Europe, whether as fuelwood for heating or in the form of hydroelectric power generation.
Language:  English
Series:  Regional Review
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Date: Dec 2016
Title: Renewable Energy in the Arab Region: Overview of developments
Abstract: The potential for widespread deployment of renewable energy technologies in the Arab region is considerable.
Language:  English
Series:  Regional Reviews
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Date: Dec 2016
Title: Measuring small-scale biogas capacity and production
Abstract: This field guide presents various methodologies for estimating biogas capacity, production and consumption. Such information can be integrated into national censuses, household surveys and energy surveys.
Language:  English
Series:  Data
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Date: Dec 2016
Title: Floating foundations: A game changer for offshore wind
Abstract: Offshore wind turbines, rooted to the seabed by monopile or jacket foundations, are restricted to waters less than 50 metres deep.
Language:  English
Series:  Insights
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Date: Dec 2016
Title: Investment Opportunities in West Africa (Global Atlas)
Abstract: This report provides a region-wide pre-feasibility assessment of solar and wind opportunities in West Africa, for both grid connected and off-grid systems.
Language:  English
Series:  Regional Reviews
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Date: Nov 2016
Title: Renewables Readiness Assessment: Antigua and Barbuda
Abstract: Antigua and Barbuda possesses abundant renewable energy resources, including considerable solar, wind, biomass and ocean potential. This Renewables Readiness Assessment (RRA) presents a set of clear and practical steps for these islands to maximise renewables in the energy mix.
Language:  English
Series:  Regional Reviews
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Date: Nov 2016
Title: A Path to Prosperity: Renewable Energy for Islands, 3rd Edition
Abstract: This report highlights the role of islands in global efforts against climate change. It highlights transitions to renewables in the power, including planning and implementation, enabling business models and transition tools.
Language:  English
Series:  Regional Reviews
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Date: Nov 2016
Title: The UMEME Framework for NDC Implementation: Advancing renewable energy in Africa together with national climate plans
Abstract: The historic Paris climate agreement adopted by countries around the world in December 2015 aims to the rise of global temperature well below 2 degrees Celsius Renewable energy will play a key role in this effort which encompasses developing as well as developed countries by increasing the...
Language:  English
Series:  Handbooks
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Date: Nov 2016
Title: Renewable Energy Market Analysis: Latin America
Abstract: The report offers a comprehensive review of the status and trends in the region’s renewable energy development It highlights Latin America’s wealth of knowledge draws key lessons and outlines findings to support the continued expansion of renewables for power generation transport and other...
Language:  English, Español
Series:  Regional Reviews
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Date: Oct 2016
Title: Innovation Outlook: Offshore Wind
Abstract: IRENA’s Renewable Energy Innovation Outlook series analyses the emerging developments making renewable energy technologies (RETs) increasingly competitive in the world’s energy markets and systems.
Language:  English
Series:  Insights
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Date: Oct 2016
Title: Renewable Energy Outlook for ASEAN
Abstract: The nations of Southeast Asia stand at a crossroads in terms of their collective energy future. Amid rapid economic growth, they face a 50% rise in regional energy demand within a decade. This brings challenges in supplying energy affordably, sustainably and securely.
Language:  English
Series:  Regional Reviews
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Date: Oct 2016
Title: Innovation Outlook: Advanced Liquid Biofuels
Abstract: IRENA’s Renewable Energy Innovation Outlook series analyses the emerging developments making renewable energy technologies (RETs) increasingly competitive in the world’s energy markets and systems.
Language:  English
Series:  Insights
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Date: Oct 2016
Title: Bioethanol in Africa: A Case for Technology Transfer and South-South Cooperation
Abstract: Sustainable biofuels have an important role to play in Africa’s development. Sugarcane bioethanol is currently the most cost-effective commercial biofuel and has the highest energy balance.
Language:  English
Series:  Regional Reviews
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Date: Oct 2016
Title: Renewable Energy in Cities
Abstract: This report explores potential for urban communities to scale-up renewables by 2030, based on estimated energy use 3,649 cities around the world. By highlighting the best practices, it examines the policies and technologies by which cities can bring about a renewable energy future.
Language:  English
Series:  Insights
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Date: Sep 2016
Title: Renewable Energy Benefits: Decentralised solutions in agri-food chain
Abstract: The number of people without access to electricity is estimated at more than a billion while almost 2 9 billion still rely on traditional unsustainable biomass sources such as firewood for cooking and heating About 80% of those lacking modern energy access live in rural areas which also host...
Language:  English
Series:  Insights
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Date: Sep 2016
Title: Policies and regulations for private sector renewable energy mini-grids
Abstract: The report examines the specificities of mini-grids connected to solar, biomass, wind and small hydropower, or some combination of these with other energy sources, and discusses the key factors influencing investors in mini-grid projects.
Language:  English
Series:  Insights
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Date: Sep 2016
Title: Innovation Outlook: Renewable mini-grids
Abstract: This report examines ground-breaking innovations that can help to unlock future power supply for unserved areas and communities through the rapid roll-out of mini-grids based on solar, wind or other renewable sources.
Language:  English
Series:  Insights
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Date: Sep 2016
Title: Solar PV in Africa: Costs and Markets
Abstract: The report discusses challenges in policy making and proposes a co-ordinated effort to collect data on the installed costs of solar PV in Africa, across all market segments to improve the efficiency of policy support and accelerate deployment.
Language:  English
Series:  Insights
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Date: Aug 2016
Title: The Renewable Route to Sustainable Transport: A working paper based on REmap
Abstract: This working paper draws on engagement with a Transport Action Team of experts and expands on the transport-related findings published in IRENA’s report REmap: Roadmap for a Renewable Energy Future, 2016 Edition.
Language:  English
Series:  REmap
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Date: Jul 2016
Title: Renewable Energy Prospects: Dominican Republic
Abstract: A REmap country study highlights the potential to increase the share of renewable power generation in the Dominican Republic to as much as 44% by 2030.
Language:  English, Español
Series:  Regional Reviews
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Date: Jul 2016
Title: Renewable Energy Statistics 2016
Abstract: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has set out to produce comprehensive, reliable data sets on renewable energy capacity and use worldwide.
Language:  English
Series:  Data
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Date: Jun 2016
Title: G20 Toolkit for Renewable Energy Deployment: Country Options for sustainable growth based on Remap
Abstract: In October 2015, the G20 adopted the “Toolkit of Voluntary Options for Renewable Energy Deployment”. This report summarises the results for the G20, identifies action areas for G20 policy makers and proposes the next steps of a “REmap G20 process”.
Language:  English
Series:  REmap
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Date: Jun 2016
Title: Unlocking Renewable Energy Investment: The role of risk mitigation and structured finance
Abstract: Scaling up renewable energy calls for mobilising a massive investment increase. Renewables bring far reaching benefits in terms of human health, energy access, environmental protection and the response to climate change, along with the potential to create new jobs around the world.
Language:  English
Series:  Handbooks
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Date: Jun 2016
Title: Solar Pumping for Irrigation: Improving livelihoods and sustainability
Abstract: Irrigation improves yields, reduces vulnerability to changing rainfall patterns, and enables multiple cropping practices. This can stimulate socio-economic development in the agriculture sector helping the fight against poverty.
Language:  English
Series:  Insights
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Date: Jun 2016
Title: Letting in the Light: How solar photovoltaics will revolutionise the electricity system
Abstract: Solar photovoltaic (PV) power generation is poised to revolutionise the electrical system in countries around the world From around 2% in 2016 the share of global electricity generated from solar PV to grow to as much as 13% by 2030 according to this report from the International Renewable...
Language:  English
Series:  Insights
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Date: Jun 2016
Title: End-of-life management: Solar Photovoltaic Panels
Abstract: This report is the first-ever projection of PV panel waste volumes to 2050. It highlights that recycling or repurposing solar PV panels at the end of their roughly 30-year lifetime can unlock an estimated stock of 78 million tonnes of raw materials and other valuable components globally by 2050.
Language:  English
Series:  Insights
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Date: Jun 2016
Title: The Power to Change: Solar and Wind Cost Reduction Potential to 2025
Abstract: Increasing economies of scale, more competitive supply chains and further technological improvements will continue reducing the costs of solar and wind power. The same factors will also boost the availability of these key renewable power sources at night and in varying weather conditions.
Language:  English
Series:  Insights
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Date: Jun 2016
Title: Renewable Energy Statistics 2016: Latin America and the Caribbean
Abstract: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) produces comprehensive renewable energy statistics on a range of topics This publication presents IRENA’s latest statistics for renewable power generation and capacity as well as renewable energy balances for all countries in the Latin America and...
Language:  English
Series:  Data
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Date: May 2016
Title: Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2016
Abstract: Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review presents the status of renewable energy employment both by technology and in selected countries over the past year In this third edition IRENA estimates that renewable energy employed 8 1 million people around the world in 2015 (excluding large...
Language:  English
Series:  Insights
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Date: May 2016
Title: The True Cost of Fossil Fuels: Saving on the Externalities of Air Pollution and Climate Change
Abstract: This brief quantifies air pollution and climate change externalities related to fossil fuels, along with the extent these can be reduced with higher uptake of renewables.
Language:  English
Series:  Data
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Date: May 2016
Title: Capacity Needs Assessment for Renewable Energy Statistics
Abstract: This publication presents a structured methodology that countries can use to assess their capacity to produce renewable energy statistics.
Language:  English
Series:  Data
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Date: May 2016
Title: Scaling up Variable Renewable Power: The Role of Grid Codes
Abstract: Increasing the share of renewable power from variable sources, namely solar and wind energy, requires technological developments to be accompanied by well-designed regulations for grid management and operation.
Language:  English
Series:  Handbooks
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Date: Apr 2016
Title: Boosting Biofuels: Sustainable Paths to Greater Energy Security
Abstract: Substantial potential exists to expand both food and fuel supply in a sustainable fashion. This report examines sustainable paths for biofuel development.
Language:  English
Series:  Handbooks
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Date: Mar 2016
Title: Renewable Capacity Statistics 2016
Abstract: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) produces comprehensive renewable energy statistics on a range of topics. This publication presents renewable power generation capacity statistics for the last decade (2006-2015).
Language:  English
Series:  Data
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Date: Mar 2016
Title: Wind Power
Abstract: The size of wind turbines has continuously increased over several decades to boost power generation from this key renewable energy source. As this technology brief from IRENA and IEA-ETSAP notes, large-scale wind farms and larger turbines drive the ongoing reduction of electricity costs.
Language:  English
Series:  Handbooks
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Date: Mar 2016
Title: Renewables Readiness Assessment: Mongolia
Abstract: Mongolia can use its vast renewable energy resources to bolster energy security reduce pollution meet global climate commitments and develop regional electricity exports finds this report prepared jointly by IRENA and Mongolian Ministry of Energy Electricity output from the country’s solar and...
Language:  English
Series:  Regional Reviews
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Date: Mar 2016
Title: REmap: Roadmap for A Renewable Energy Future: 2016 Edition
Abstract: Doubling renewables in the global energy mix by 2030 is not only feasible but cheaper than not doing so Economic savings would far exceed the costs It would create more jobs boost economic growth and save millions of lives annually through reduced air pollution It would also when coupled with...
Language:  English
Series:  REmap
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Date: Feb 2016
Title: Water Use in China’s Power Sector: Impact of Renewables and Cooling Technologies to 2030
Abstract: This brief by China Water Risk and IRENA examines the expected impact of China’s power sector on water and climate in 2030 Building on plans announced at the COP21 climate change conference in Paris and earlier analyses by China Water Risk and IRENA it assesses the impact of different options...
Language:  English, Chinese [中文]
Series:  Regional Reviews
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Date: Jan 2016
Title: Renewable Energy ‎Market Analysis: The GCC Region
Abstract: The countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) could reap multiple benefits from scaling up renewable energy use including reducing water withdrawal by 11 trillion litres (or 16%) and saving 400 billion barrels of oil in the power sector creating 2000 direct jobs and reducing the region’s...
Language:  English
Series:  Regional Reviews
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Date: Jan 2016
Title: Renewable Energy Benefits: Measuring the Economics
Abstract: This report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) provides the first quantification of the macroeconomic impact of doubling the global share of renewables in the energy mix by 2030.
Language:  English
Series:  Insights
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Date: Jan 2016
Title: IRENA 2014-2015: At A Glance
Abstract: IRENA 2014-2015: At a Glance summarises selected programmatic activities, highlights key renewable energy developments and provides an overview of IRENA’s global engagements in the course of 2014-2015.
Language:  English
Series:  Insights
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Date: Jan 2016
Title: Investment Opportunities in the GCC (Global Atlas)
Abstract: This report provides a region-wide pre-feasibility assessment of solar and wind opportunities in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region for both grid connected and off-grid systems The outcome includes high resolution maps (1 km resolution) indicating suitable areas for solar and wind energy...
Language:  English
Series:  Regional Reviews
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Date: Jan 2016
Title: Investment Opportunities in Latin America (Global Atlas)
Abstract: This report provides a region-wide pre-feasibility assessment of solar and wind opportunities in Latin America for both grid connected and off-grid systems The outcome includes high resolution maps (1 km resolution) indicating suitable areas for solar and wind energy projects on land taking...
Language:  English
Series:  Regional Reviews
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Date: Dec 2015
Title: Evaluating Renewable Energy Manufacturing Potential in the Mediterranean Partner Countries
Abstract: This study assesses the capability of the European Union’s Mediterranean Partner Countries (MPCs) to develop local renewable energy manufacturing industries, with a focus on three pilot countries: Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt.
Language:  English
Series:  Regional Reviews
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Date: Dec 2015
Title: Renewable Desalination: Technology Options for Islands
Abstract: Many islands face shortages of fresh water. Desalination using renewable energy can meet their water needs at reduced costs, this report finds.
Language:  English
Series:  Insights
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Date: Dec 2015
Title: Quality Infrastructure for Renewable Energy Technologies: Solar Water Heaters
Abstract: This guide is part of a series prepared by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in the field of quality infrastructure (QI) for small-scale renew¬able energy technologies Quality Infrastructure for Renewable Energy Technologies Solar Water Heaters analyses the challenges and offers...
Language:  English
Series:  Handbooks
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Date: Dec 2015
Title: Quality Infrastructure for Renewable Energy Technologies: Small Wind Turbines
Abstract: This guide is part of a series prepared by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in the field of quality infrastructure (QI) for small-scale renew¬able energy technologies Quality Infrastructure for Renewable Energy Technologies Small Wind Turbines analyses the challenges and offers...
Language:  English
Series:  Handbooks
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Date: Dec 2015
Title: Quality Infrastructure for Renewable Energy Technologies: Guidelines for Policy Makers
Abstract: This guide is part of a series prepared by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in the field of quality infrastructure (QI) for small-scale renew¬able energy technologies Quality Infrastructure for Renewable Energy Technologies Guidelines for Policy Makers explains the essential...
Language:  English
Series:  Handbooks
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Date: Nov 2015
Title: REthinking Energy: Renewable Energy and Climate Change
Abstract: The second edition of REthinking Energy – the flagship report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) – looks at how the transition to renewables could help avert catastrophic global warming As the report points out renewable energy is at the core of any strategy for countries to...
Language:  English
Series:  REthinking Energy
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Date: Nov 2015
Title: Renewables Readiness Assessment: Ghana
Abstract: Ghana has one of Africa’s highest rates of access to electricity In 2014 this was estimated at 72% with over 87% in urban areas and nearly 50% in rural areas The country also exports power to its neighbours Togo Benin and Burkina Faso The Ghanaian power industry is unbundled comprising...
Language:  English
Series:  Regional Reviews
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Date: Nov 2015
Title: Renewable Energy Prospects: Germany
Abstract: Germany’s Energiewende (“energy transition”) has made the country a world leader in renewable energy development
Language:  English, German summary [Deutsche Zusammenfassung]
Series:  Regional Reviews
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Date: Oct 2015
Title: REmap 2030: Renewable Energy Prospects for Poland
Abstract: Poland can increase its share of renewable energy in power generation to nearly 38% by 2030 (compared to only 7% in 2010). REmap 2030: Renewable Energy Prospects for Poland...
Language:  English,Polish [polska wersja językowa]
Series:  Regional Reviews
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Date: Oct 2015
Title: The Age of Renewable Power: Designing national roadmaps for a successful transformation
Abstract: A transformation of power grids towards reliance on mainly renewable energy sources has begun But the course of this transition is sure to vary depending on local conditions The Age of Renewable Power a report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) provides a framework for...
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Series:  Handbooks
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Date: Oct 2015
Title: Smart Grids and Renewables: A cost-benefit analysis guide for developing countries
Abstract: Smart grid technologies support the creation of an increasingly flexible electricity grid enabling the integration of variable renewable energy They work by incorporating information and communications technology at all stages of power generation delivery and consumption improving reliability...
Language:  English
Series:  Handbooks
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Date: Oct 2015
Title: Renewable energy integration in power grids
Abstract: Renewable energy account for around 22% of global power generation but this share is expected to double in the next 15 years partly due to the rapid growth of variable renewable energy from solar photovoltaics and wind This IRENA/IEA-ETSAP Technology Brief provides an overview of the main...
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Series:  Handbooks
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Date: Oct 2015
Title: Africa 2030: Roadmap for a Renewable Energy Future
Abstract: African countries need to meet fast-growing energy demand and extend modern energy services to more communities while also improving people’s health and ensuring long-term sustainability The continent could meet nearly a quarter of its energy needs through the use of indigenous clean renewable...
Language:  English
Series:  Regional Reviews
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Date: Oct 2015
Title: Renewable Energy Zones for the Africa Clean Energy Corridor
Abstract: A ground-breaking study from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the US-based Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) identifies zones for cost-effective equitable and environmentally sustainable energy development with wind solar photovoltaic and concentrating solar power...
Language:  English
Series:  Regional Reviews
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Date: Sep 2015
Title: Renewables Readiness Assessment: Mauritania
Abstract: Mauritania possesses significant renewable energy resources which could be developed to strengthen the economy and improve access to energy Solar and wind energy technologies are well suited for integration into the country’s existing network of mini-grids according to this Renewables Readiness...
Language:  English,Français
Series:  Regional Reviews
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Date: Aug 2015
Title: Synergies between Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
Abstract: A joint working paper from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency (C2E2) illuminates crucial synergies that can help to ensure a sustainable global energy future.
Language:  English
Series:  Insights
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Date: Jul 2015
Title: RD&D for Renewable Energy Technologies: Cooperation in Latin America and the Caribbean
Abstract: RD&D for Renewable Energy Technologies Cooperation in Latin America and the Caribbean finds wide opportunities to coordinate innovation activities and efforts Latin America & the Caribbean (LAC) co-invention and cooperative research can help bridge gaps in renewable energy technologies (RET)...
Language:  English, Español
Series:  Regional Reviews
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Date: Jul 2015
Title: Renewables Readiness Assessment: Fiji
Abstract: Fiji is identified by the Geothermal Energy Association as one of 39 countries that could meet their electricity demand solely by tapping the renewable energy from underground heat.
Language:  English
Series:  Regional Reviews
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Date: Jul 2015
Title: Renewables Readiness Assessment: Republic of the Marshall Islands
Abstract: The Republic of the Marshall Islands relies on imported petroleum products for 90% of its primary energy supply. But the Pacific small-island developing state has set out to increase the share of renewables in its energy mix and achieve 100% electrification by 2020.
Language:  English
Series:  Regional Reviews
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Date: Jul 2015
Title: Renewables Readiness Assessment: Vanuatu
Abstract: Vanuatu’s primary energy supply is dominated by biomass, used mainly for rural cooking, and imported petroleum products for urban energy and transport.
Language:  English
Series:  Regional Reviews
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Date: Jul 2015
Title: Renewable Energy in Hybrid Mini-Grids and Isolated Grids: Economic Benefits and Business Cases
Abstract: Hybridising diesel mini-grids with photovoltaic generation can yield significant cost savings. This study compares the costs of diesel-only and hybridised mini-grids at seven sites – three in Africa, two in Asia and three in Latin America – and shows potential cost savings at all seven sites.
Language:  English
Series:  Data
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Date: Jun 2015
Title: Wind Resource Measurement: Guidelines for Islands
Abstract: Renewable energy technologies, including wind power, can help even the most remote islands achieve energy security and sustainability, while cutting fuel import costs.
Language:  English
Series:  Handbooks
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Date: Jun 2015
Title: A path to prosperity: Renewable energy for islands
Abstract: A Path to Prosperity: Renewable Energy for Islands presents a compilation of case studies from small island developing states (SIDS) and development partners.
Language:  English, French
Series:  Regional Reviews
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Date: Jun 2015
Title: Renewable Energy Capacity Statistics 2015
Abstract: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has set out to produce comprehensive, reliable data sets on renewable energy capacity and use worldwide. The first such data set shows renewable power-generation capacity for 2000-2014.
Language:  English
Series:  Data
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Date: Jun 2015
Title: Renewable Energy Auctions: A Guide to Design
Abstract: Auctions for contracts to develop power-generation capacity have emerged as an essential policy instrument for many countries to promote the transition to renewable energy sources and technologies
Language:  English
Series:  Handbooks
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Date: Jun 2015
Title: Renewable Energy Target Setting
Abstract: What are renewable energy targets? Why set a renewable energy target? How should they be designed and translated into specific policy instruments?
Language:  English
Series:  Insights
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Date: Jun 2015
Title: Renewable Energy in Latin America 2015: An Overview of Policies
Abstract: Latin America is one of the regions with the largest shares of renewables in the world, largely thanks to the decades-long contribution of bioenergy and hydropower. In addition, some countries in the region are among the most dynamic markets for solar, wind and geothermal.
Language:  English
Series:  Regional Reviews
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Date: Jun 2015
Title: Renewables and Electricity Storage
Abstract: With solar and wind installation breaking new records each year countries with ambitious plans for these renewable power-generation technologies must consider the best ways to integrate variable renewables onto the grid Electricity storage is a key option available to manage variability and...
Language:  English
Series:  Insights
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Date: Jun 2015
Title: From Baseload to Peak: Renewables provide a reliable solution
Abstract: Solar and wind power continue expanding, constituting almost 40% of newly installed power capacity worldwide in 2014.
Language:  English
Series:  Insights
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Date: May 2015
Title: Renewable Energy Prospects: Mexico
Abstract: Mexico has a large and diverse renewable energy resource base Given the right mix of policies the country could attract large-scale investments to diversify its energy supply with the potential to increase the share of modern renewables in total final energy consumption to 21% by 2030 up from 4...
Language:  English
Series:  Regional Reviews
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Date: May 2015
Title: Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2015
Abstract: Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review presents the status of renewable energy employment both by technology and in selected countries over the past year In this second edition IRENA estimates that renewable energy employed 7 7 million people directly or indirectly around the world in 2014...
Language:  English
Series:  Insights
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Date: May 2015
Title: Renewables Readiness Assessment: Djibouti
Abstract: Djibouti faces critical challenges with power generation and distribution Heavy reliance on fossil-fuel imports keeps the country exposed to price volatility constraining economic development plans But significant geothermal wind and solar energy resources could be developed to extend reliable...
Language:  English
Series:  Regional Reviews
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Date: Feb 2015
Title: Hydropower
Abstract: Hydropower is a mature and relatively simple technology. The potential energy of a water source characterised by its flow rate, is converted into kinetic energy that spins a turbine driving an electricity generator
Language:  English
Series:  Handbooks
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Date: Jan 2015
Title: Biomass for Heat and Power
Abstract: More than half of the total global renewable energy consumption today is based on biomass This IRENA/IEA-ETSAP Technology Brief provides technical background analyses the potential and barriers for market growth and offers insights for policy makers on this key renewable energy technology In the...
Language:  English
Series:  Handbooks
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Date: Apr 2015