Online workshop on sharing experiences in applying innovative solutions to achieve 100% renewable power systems

10 October 2019 |Online


The workshop on ‘Sharing experiences in applying innovative solutions to achieve 100% renewable power systemswas held online and was the third activity performed under the ‘Experience-sharing programme on innovative solutions for very high shares of renewable power by mid-century’ taking place throughout 2019. This workshop was informed by insights gained during previous online and in-person workshops, which mapped common challenges in the process of achieving 100% renewable-powered systems by mid-century and looked at the strengths of these countries to fully harness opportunities arising from the renewable energy transformation, including the role of hydropower as a flexibility provider.


The objective of this online workshop was to connect representatives from countries that are exploring the most disruptive innovations enabling the rapid uptake of a high share of (variable) renewables in power systems by mid-century. During the workshop, country representatives were given the opportunity to share and discuss their experience in applying innovative solutions in a national or regional context to achieve renewable-powered futures. In this context, the workshop explored the experiences, best practices and lessons learned from pilot projects conducted in participating countries. Insights gained will greatly assist IRENA’s Members in driving their energy-system transformations towards very-high or 100% renewable power systems in the coming decades. Gathering such relevant information is also valuable for IRENA when designing tools and activities to help deliver IRENA Members' renewable power objectives.

Target audience

This online workshop targeted mid-level officials, as well as experts who have a role in advising officials from countries that have similar policy ambitions in terms of decarbonising the power system in the next two or three decades. Representatives from the following countries, participated in previous activities, were invited to attend this workshop, as these countries have policy targets to achieve between 80%-100% renewable power by 2030, 2040 or 2050, in addition to front-runners in the operation of power systems with very high shares of renewable power (98%-100%): Costa Rica, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Spain, Paraguay, Sweden and Uruguay.



The slides used during the online workshop can be accessed here.

The minutes of the online workshop can be accessed here.



Time Session Speaker/participant
16:00 16:05 Welcome address Paul Durrant
16:05 16:10 Introductory remarks Elena Ocenic
16:10 17:00 Presentation of examples from each country participating with interactive Q&A All participants
17:00 17:30 Interactive discussion about innovations which are not included in IRENA’s “Innovation Landscape Report All participants
17:30 17:50 Interactive discussion about regulation and market design All participants
17:50 18:00 Next steps Elena Ocenic