Supporting Small- and Large-Scale Deployment of Renewables through Electricity Storage: Technologies, regulation and policies
3 December 2014
New Delhi, India

The third in IRENA’s workshop series on electricity storage takes place in New Delhi on 3 December. Participants will also receive complementary registration for the 2nd International Conference & Exhibition on Energy Storage & Microgrids in India, which runs 3-5 December 2014.

The workshop will examine in more detail how electricity storage plays strengthens renewables-based mini-grids for rural electrification, as well as helping to integrate utility-scale solar photovoltaic and wind power parks into the grid. For each application area, the workshop will identify the best practices and lessons to be highlighted in IRENA’s global technology roadmap for electricity storage. The workshop will be limited to around 30 people, including policy makers, industry representatives, academia and others.

Interested parties may also wish to consider the second workshop in the series, “Self-Consumption of Renewables: The role of storage in revolutionising grid infrastructure,” taking place on 7 November in Tokyo.

The series began with the “International Energy Storage Policy and Regulation” workshop in Dusseldorf, Germany.

IGA Workshop: Globally consistent classification for geothermal energy resources
8-9 December 2014
Bonn, Germany

The International Geothermal Association will hold a workshop on 8-9 December to find expert volunteers to develop specification for classifying geothermal resources.

In September 2014, the IGA and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) agreed to develop a globally applicable, harmonised standard for reporting geothermal resources. Such a standard would ensure greater consistency and transparency in financial reporting and would improve the management of geothermal resources. Under the memorandum of understanding, the IGA agreed to work towards providing technology-specific rules (or “specifications”) to apply the United Nations Framework for Fossil Energy and Mineral Reserves and Resources 2009 (UNFC-2009) to geothermal resources. This work would be overseen by the UNECE Expert Group on Resource Classification.

The IGA now seeks individual volunteers interested in joining the working group to draft these UNFC geothermal specifications. The working group might comprise up to 10 individuals, selected for their range of experience and expertise in the area of resource classification.

To this end the IGA, with the support of the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) of the World Bank, is inviting relevant players in the geothermal sector to a workshop at the IRENA office in Bonn, Germany, on 8-9 December 2014. The invitation is particularly addressed to potential volunteers among governments, international organisations, industry, investors, professional societies, academia and other key stakeholders actively engaged in activities related to the classification and reporting of geothermal resources.

AREA-JRC-IRENA webinar: Planning and testing for solar photovoltaic installation in Africa
9 December 2014
Online Webinar

Sub-Saharan Africa suffers frequent and early failures with publicly owned solar photovoltaic (PV) power applications, such as those used for water pumping, health care and area lighting. The high failure rate reflects price pressure in the tendering process, the absence of reliable ground-based data, and misuse of irradiation maps. Consequently, this has led to economic losses and mistrust in PV technology.

Meanwhile, PV installation in many rural areas has become increasingly hazardous because of epidemics and socio-economic turbulence. In turn, such challenges increase the difficulty of improving healthcare and stimulating economic activities through renewable energy investments.

The African Renewable Energy Alliance (AREA), with the help of the European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), is promoting online tools to embed knowledge that can facilitate universal energy access, even in difficult conditions. These will enable sizing optimization and remote performance monitoring of PV systems, contributing to improved lifetime performance.

IRENA’s webinar with AREA and the JRC will present methods to:

  • disseminate information to local energy entrepreneurs on PVGis software for Africa;
  • establish a PV module testing laboratory;
  • perform financial calculations for minigrids and standalone PV systems; and
  • assess the renewable energy potential in a given area.
Renewable cost data to support policymaking: Design, implementation and best practice workshop
12 December 2014
Rome, Italy

IRENA and Italy's energy services operator GSE will hold a joint workshop on renewable energy cost data to support policymaking. Discussions will cover:

  • The rationale and importance of systematically collecting up-to-date cost and performance data for renewables;
  • Recent cost and performance data for renewables and associated challenges for policy makers;
  • Regulatory models that provide a legal basis for ongoing data collection;
  • Data needs for different technologies and markets, in order to meet the analytical needs of policy makers;
  • How to collect such data in the most efficient way, minimising compliance costs.

GSE is a founding member of the IRENA Renewable Costing Alliance. By invitation.

Global Atlas training session: Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region
17 December 2014
Cairo, Egypt

IRENA will provide a training module for experts involved in national-level planning for renewable energy deployment. The module does not require geospatial analysis skills, but rather aims at enabling policy makers to better understand the added value that geospatial analysis can bring. It also highlights how geospatial analysis can be used in the development of policies supporting wind and solar energy deployment. The training, financed by the Flemish and German governments, is offered by invitation.

Renewable Energy Training Week (first in series)
25 January 2015
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

IRENA is organising its first Renewable Energy Training Week for regulators, in order to build the capacity for regulatory decision-making at national and regional levels. Knowledge from the training week will help decision-makers to provide an enabling regulatory environment for the timely and efficient development and integration of renewable power-generation resources.

Global Atlas training session: Latin America
2 February 2015
Lima, Peru

IRENA will provide a training module for experts involved in national-level planning for renewable energy deployment. The module does not require geospatial analysis skills, but rather aims at enabling policy makers to better understand the added value that geospatial analysis can bring. It also highlights how geospatial analysis can be used in the development of policies supporting wind and solar energy deployment. The training, financed by the Flemish and German governments, is offered by invitation.