IRENA Innovation Day in Uruguay

16 – 17 July 2019 |Montevideo, Uruguay


IRENA Innovation Days: Solutions for a renewable-powered future

IRENA’s Innovation Days take place in different regions around the world and aim to connect experts and policy makers. This new series of events will showcase emerging innovations and inspire and inform the broader and faster uptake of innovative solutions that can help deliver a renewable-powered future. The first IRENA Innovation Day took place in Uruguay, and the second IRENA Innovation Day will take place in Thailand.

Innovation Days build on IRENA’s biennial Innovation Week events and focus on the particular needs and experiences of countries in the region. The first Innovation Day was held in Uruguay in July. Other locations and dates will be announced soon.


IRENA Innovation Day: Uruguay, 16 – 17 July 2019

IRENA Innovation Day took place on 16th and 17th July 2019, with additional activities on the 15th July 2019, and focused on countries in the Latin American region but was open to attendees from all IRENA countries. The gathering was organised in partnership with the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining of Uruguay.

Day 1 - 16th July: Exchanges between public- & private-sector innovators

This part of the event brought together a diverse mix of policy makers and innovative companies from across the region, as well as from further afield. For countries and companies in the region, it was an opportunity to showcase successes, to highlight challenges, to learn from each other’s experience and to explore how innovative solutions can help meet national energy system’s needs. For countries and companies from outside the region, this event provided the opportunity to meet key region actors, to showcase work and to learn from the experience of countries in the region, many of whom are at the leading-innovative-edge of the renewable-powered energy transition. Through insights from IRENA’s global analytical work as well as from invited international speakers, there was an opportunity to learn from examples from around the world.

Discussions at the event drew on the experiences of governments and innovative companies in the region as well as on the global insights captured in IRENA’s Innovation landscape for a renewable-powered future” 2019 report.

Day 2 - 17th July: Workshop for public-sector participants

To benefit from the unique gathering of regional and international experts discussing disruptive innovations in the power sector, IRENA and the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining of Uruguay organised with the support of the Ministry of Infrastructure of Sweden and the Swedish Energy Agency on the 17 July 2019, as Day 2 of the event, a workshop for government representatives on “Innovative solutions for 100% renewable power systems by mid-century”.

This workshop was part of the experience-sharing programme on innovative solutions for very high shares of renewable power by mid-century that is taking place throughout 2019, supported by the government of Sweden and in collaboration with the government of Uruguay.

With a particular focus on the challenges of moving towards very high-levels of renewable power by mid- century, this workshop explored the most relevant disruptive innovations which enable the rapid uptake of a high share of renewables in the power system. Insights gained will greatly assist participating countries in considering the role of renewables in their national energy systems, including the potential to move towards very-high renewable power systems in the coming decades.

This smaller, focused, group discussions informed by the discussions on the previous day, allowed government representatives to explore and debate in more detail, the challenges and opportunities faced by participating countries.


The event took place in the following venues:

  • Day 1 at the LATU's (Technology Laboratory of Uruguay) Technology Park in Montevideo
  • Day 2 at Torre ANTEL in Montevideo


The discussion were in English with simultaneous interpretation to and from Spanish. Attendance was by invitation only. If you have questions, please contact us at