29-30 June 2015

San Jose, Costa Rica

The goal of the event is to support a regional quality assurance framework for solar water heaters (SWH) in the LAC region, by sharing international experiences in this area. Specific objectives are to:

  • Provide an opportunity to continue the regional experience exchange on quality infrastructure (QI) for SWH.
  • Develop approaches to concrete open questions, outlined in the previous section, based on existing international experience.
  • Facilitate a discussion between QI experts in LAC for SWH, and open the discussion to international experts who may support the region, on concrete challenges and opportunities for developing a regional QA framework for SWH.
  • Facilitate the regional and international exchange of experiences through fostering existing communities of practice, networks and, possibly in future, working groups on specific issues concerning regional QA frameworks for the LAC region.
  • Match responsible governmental institutions for regulating SWH markets with the technical QI institutions and producers of SWH in the LAC region.

For more information, please contact Francisco Boshell.

Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop on Biomass Energy Resource Assessment
6-8 July 2015
Bangkok, Thailand

The three-day capacity building workshop is co-organised by IRENA and the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP), with the support of the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Royal Thai Government. The objectives of this workshop include enhancing knowledge on bioenergy resource assessments and building institutional capacity; providing training on various methodologies, tools and techniques; sharing regional experiences and best practices; creating a pool of experts and learning international initiatives for developing bioenergy in the region.

For more information, please email Masaomi Koyama.

Joint Parallel Event at EU PVSEC 2015 for Solar PV
16 August 2015
Hamburg, Germany

This joint parallel event at EU PVSEC 2015 is themed "The Future Is Here Today: But Where Will Future Cost Reductions Come From?" Experts from industry and research institutions will join IRENA in discussing recent cost reduction trends and identify where future cost reductions for solar PV will come from, with an emphasis on reducing balance of system costs, operations and maintenance costs and financing costs. The event will also see the first official presentation of the results of IRENA’s project “Solar PV Cost Reduction Opportunities in Africa."

For more information, please email Michael Taylor

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