Expert workshop on how to address variable renewables in long-term energy planning
2-3 March 2015
Bonn, Germany

IRENA will gather experts to give their input and advice on the development of the AVRIL guideline report on “Addressing variable renewables in long-term energy planning”. Energy planners, academic and industry modeling experts and country experts will assess practitioners’ viewpoints.

Renewable Energy Master's Programmes in Europe: Student Experiences
4 March 2015

Do you want to learn more about your options for European master’s programmes on renewable energy? Interested in the challenges you might face and the opportunities open to you after graduation? Join the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) for a free interactive session on renewable energy education in Europe.

This webinar will include a panel of four university students or recent graduates, representing Oldenburg University, the European Masters in Renewable Energy (EUREC), Imperial College London, and the European Joint Masters in Management and Engineering of Environment and Energy (ME3).

These experienced renewable energy students will give a brief introduction on their schools and programmes of study, and share their experiences and plans for their professional careers. The floor will open for prospective students to ask questions.

To register for this webinar, please click here.

ITB Berlin: Renewable Energy for Island Tourism
4 March 2015
Berlin, Germany

IRENA will host a roundtable session at the International Tourism Bourse, ITB Berlin 2015, to discuss the business case for renewables in island tourism. As a leading global tourism trade event, the ITB Berlin convention provides an occasion to engage with large-scale tourism businesses, which increasingly recognise renewable energy deployment as a “green marketing” opportunity.

Yet as IRENA’s research has shown, large hotels also face particular challenges, such as the separation of ownership from management.

Renewable energy companies can overcome this by providing clean, sustainable power systems as a service that immediately reduces electricity bills, without the need for upfront investment by hotel managers. NRG Energy, for example, has been scaling up solar power for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide since 2013.

The session will bring together tourism associations, hotel operators, international hotel companies and island political representatives, along with renewable energy investors and experts. The aim is to identify best-practice examples and highlight practical solutions for renewable energy deployment at island resorts.

Related publications:

Renewable Energy Opportunities for Island Tourism (IRENA, 2014)

Renewable Islands: Settings for Success (IRENA, 2104)

IRENA’s Electricity Storage Roadmap – Concluding Workshop
10 March 2015
Dusseldorf, Germany

Electricity storage technologies will be critical to enable the scale-up of renewable energy, including solutions based on variable resources like the sun and the wind, on a large scale around the world. The workshop will provide a final opportunity for stakeholders to discuss and provide feedback on the content and structure of IRENA’s technology roadmap, which features the inputs from IRENA’s workshops on electricity storage on 27 March 2014 in Dusseldorf, on 7 November 2014 in Tokyo, and on 3 December 2014 in New Delhi. Policymakers, industry representatives, academia, and other relevant stakeholders will participate. The workshop will be limited to around 40 people and is part of IRENA’s global technology roadmap on electricity storage, and will take place during the 4rd Energy Storage - International Conference and Exhibition for the Storage of Renewable Energies.

Contact: Ruud Kempener (rkempener@irena.org)

Roundtable Discussion on Smart Grids and Smart Community
10-11 March 2015
Tokyo, Japan

During the roundtable, IRENA will present a broad overview of its activities to the Senior Officials from the ASEAN countries, and discuss in more detail the activities and findings on the use of smart grid technologies, storage options, and mini-grids for the integration of renewables.

Renewable Energy in the Manufacturing Sector: The Next Frontier
18 March 2015

A third of global energy is consumed in the manufacturing sector, which requires converting raw materials such as oil, iron, timber or crops into products like plastics, metals, paper and food. Currently, only 8% of energy consumption in this diverse sector comes from renewable energy sources, mainly biomass.

A roadmap prepared by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) for the scale-up of renewable energy sources and technologies in manufacturing points to substantial potential to increase this share. Renewable energy options for manufacturing span modern biomass, solar thermal and geothermal applications, including both heat pumps and electrification.

This webinar launches an in-depth study assessing the techno-economic potential of renewables for manufacturing industries in different regions of the world up to 2030. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss in more detail the priority areas that warrant action from policy makers and industrial stakeholders. The presentation will be accompanied by three real-world industry case studies.

To register for this webinar, please click here.

Project Navigator Workshop
19-20 March 2015
Ulan Bator, Mongolia

The Project Navigator is a tool developed by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), designed to facilitate the development of bankable renewable energy projects by making the overall project development process more transparent and systematic.

The workshop aims to identify local needs and gaps for project development, including financial barriers. In addition, the workshop will focus on improving the quality of project proposals for banks and tenders, increasing the transparency of RET finance and facilitating communication between RET project stakeholders in Mongolia.

Renewable Power Generation Cost Reduction Opportunities Workshop
23 March 2015
Bonn, Germany

This workshop will cover the future cost reduction potentials and performance improvements for solar PV, CSP, onshore and offshore wind. It will discuss recent cost trends, what specific technology improvements and cost components offer the best opportunities for cost reduction, what are the order of magnitude of cost reduction potentials in the short- and medium-term, what are the barriers to unlocking future cost reductions, what role is there for international cooperation and collaboration, etc.

REsource for Analysts
15 April 2015

The best available data and information on renewable energy is now freely accessible. REsource, the online knowledge platform launched in January by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), enables users to easily find country-specific data, create customised charts and graphs, and compare countries on such metrics as renewable energy use and deployment.

REsource also provides renewable energy market statistics along with information on potential, policies, finance, costs, benefits, innovations, education and other hot topics in the rapidly evolving sector.

On 15 April, IRENA will host a webinar for energy analysts, which will provide an introduction on how to best make use of REsource. During this webinar, you will learn to:

  • Find renewable energy data related to capacity, costing, employment and education statistics, and customise this data to your specific needs;
  • Research country-specific details such as renewable energy policies, targets, potential and opportunities; and
  • Search through IRENA’s databases for the latest publications in your field of interest.

To register for this webinar, please click here.

REsource for Students
16 April 2015

The best available data and information on renewable energy is now freely accessible. REsource, the online knowledge platform launched by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), enables users to easily find country-specific data, create customised charts and graphs, and compare countries on metrics like renewable energy use and deployment.

REsource also provides renewable energy market statistics, along with information on potential, policies, finance, costs, benefits, innovations, education and other hot topics in this vital field of study for a sustainable energy future.

On 16 April, IRENA will host a webinar for students, which will provide an introduction on how to best make use of REsource. During this webinar, you will learn to:

  • Create and extract graphs and statistics for your essays and presentations;
  • Find trusted and peer-reviewed publications for your research; and
  • Explore renewable energy information by country or region.

To register for this webinar, please click here.

Island Energy Transitions: Pathways for Accelerated Uptake of Renewables
8-9 May 2015
Martinique, overseas region of France

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the French government, together with the regional government of Martinique, will hold a meeting on accelerating the uptake of renewables on islands. Discussions will focus on renewable resource assessments as a prerequisite to investment; waste-to-energy systems, which can reduce waste disposal and electricity costs; and renewable-based desalination, providing islands with fresh water from the surrounding sea. 

Energy is a crucial development challenge for islands.  Most electricity is generated from imported diesel fuel at high cost, so that fuel import bills often exceed total export revenues. While many islands have identified the transition to renewable energy as a key policy priority, putting this into practice is often difficult due to the small size of island markets, high installation costs, shortages of skills, and limited access to finance. 

Participation in the meeting is by invitation.