IRENA initiated a global collection of existing materials on renewable energy potentials.
This led to more than 10, 000 references being collated from those available over
the internet. The references broadly cover different types of information, from
GIS-based systems, to grey literature providing some information on a country. The
geographic scale of the different references also varies widely, from global analyses
to continent, country or regions.
The definition of renewable energy potentials was considered in its broader sense.
In reality, most of the studies provide an indication of a renewable energy resource
- the incoming energy, and a very few studies indicate the potential – the energy
usable for human applications. The choice of definition was deliberate allowing
for the collection of available information even from those topics that are rarely
studied, and where any indication of a potential resource has value in initiating
The color codes attached to the individual countries represent the number of studies
found. This value can, in some cases, provide an index of the level of interest
for a certain technology in a given country.
The system developed by IRENA only provides links to the information. It is not
intended to duplicate the vast amount of available knowledge on IRENA’s servers.
This approach enables the project to maintain a relatively light infrastructure,
to add missing information dynamically, and to avoid issues with intellectual property
rights. Conversely, this means the database is sensitive to changes in internet
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