Innovation Outlook: Advanced Liquid Biofuels

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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  • Innovation
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  • English

Innovation Outlook: Renewable Methanol

Methanol is essential for the chemical industry. Largely produced from fossil fuels, it can be made from sustainable, renewable-based energy sources.

  • January 2021
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  • English, Chinese

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

Innovation Outlook: Ocean Energy Technologies

Oceans contain enormous untapped renewable energy potential, theoretically equivalent to more than double the world's current electricity demand.

  • December 2020
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  • Innovation
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  • English

Innovation Outlook: Renewable mini-grids

This report examines ground-breaking innovations that can help to unlock future power supply for unserved areas and communities through the rapid roll-out of mini-grids based on solar, wind or other renewable sources.

  • September 2016
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  • Innovation
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  • English

Innovation Outlook: Smart charging for electric vehicles

This outlook shows how through smart charging EV batteries can help to integrate high shares of solar and wind power into existing grids, as battery storage capacity helps to even out the variability of these sources.

  • May 2019
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  • Transport, Innovation
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  • English

Innovation outlook: Thermal energy storage

Thermal energy storage (TES) can help to integrate high shares of renewable energy in power generation, industry and buildings. This outlook identifies priorities for research and development.

  • November 2020
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  • Innovation
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  • English

World Energy Transitions Outlook: 1.5°C Pathway (Preview)

This preview outlines options to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C and bring CO2 emissions closer to net zero by 2050. It offers insights on technology, investment and policies for a sustainable energy future.

  • March 2021
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  • Climate Change, Energy Transition
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  • English

The Renewable Energy Transition in Africa

This report explores how African countries can achieve universal energy access within the 2030 Agenda timeframe. Also, explores transformational potential of the electricity sector in five Africa countries.

  • March 2021
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  • Off-grid for Energy Access, Energy Transition
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  • English, French, German

Fostering a blue economy: Offshore renewable energy

Offshore renewable energy – including offshore wind and solar power, as well as emerging ocean energy technologies – could support sustainable long-term development and drive a vibrant blue economy. 

  • December 2020
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  • Energy Transition, Innovation
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  • English, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese