Biofuels potential in Sub-Saharan Africa

Biofuel potential in Sub-Saharan Africa: Raising food yields, reducing food waste and utilising residues

This report offers detailed estimates of the biomass resource potential in Ghana, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda. With conversion to advanced liquid biofuels, sustainable biomass feedstock could potentially meet or exceed the five countries’ combined fuel needs for transport in 2050, according IRENA estimates. 

  • November 2017
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  • Energy Transition, Transport
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  • English
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  • Ghana, Mozambique

Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2017

Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2017 presents the status of renewable energy employment, both by technology and in selected countries, over the past year. In this fourth edition, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) finds that renewable energy employed 9.8 million peoplearound the world in 2016 – a 1.1% increase over...

  • May 2017
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  • Benefits
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  • English

Renewables Readiness Assessment: United Republic of Tanzania

The United Republic of Tanzania possesses impressive potential for bioenergy, geothermal, solar and wind energy development, in addition to significant existing hydropower capacity. This report advises the country’s energy planners to explore different policy assumptions and investment scenarios, taking into account the latest studies on resource potential and technology...

  • May 2017
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  • English
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  • Tanzania

Floating foundations: A game changer for offshore wind

Offshore wind turbines, rooted to the seabed by monopile or jacket foundations, are restricted to waters less than 50 metres deep.

  • December 2016
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  • English

Measuring small-scale biogas capacity and production

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.

  • December 2016
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  • Statistics
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  • English

Investment Opportunities in West Africa (Global Atlas)

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.

  • December 2016
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  • English

The UMEME Framework for NDC Implementation: Advancing renewable energy in Africa together with national climate plans

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 supply of cheap and accessible energy in a less carbon-intensive manner.

  • November 2016
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  • Climate Change
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  • English

A Path to Prosperity: Renewable Energy for Islands, 3rd Edition

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.

  • November 2016
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  • English

Renewable Energy in Cities

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.

  • October 2016
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  • Heating and Cooling, Transport
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  • English

Innovation Outlook: Offshore Wind

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.

  • October 2016
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  • English