IRENA Insights

07 July 2020 |Webinar


The fortnightly IRENA Insights programme of short, focused webinars showcases key insights from teams across the Agency. Every other week, presenters from one of IRENA’s teams – either alone or together with invited guests – will share key findings from their latest programmatic work, provide focused insights into opportunities, trends, best practices and innovative solutions to address various challenges, signpost further sources of more in-depth information and provide an opportunity to engage with IRENA’s experts through Q&A sessions.

Recordings of webinars are available below together with the presentation slides.

Upcoming webinars:


Past webinars


Tuesday, 07 July 2020, 15:00 - 15:30 CET

“The role of green hydrogen in reaching zero emissions”  

Hydrogen from renewable power (green hydrogen) has been considered key element for the energy transition. Hydrogen technologies have been enjoying unprecedented momentum with a growing evidence in terms of their decreased costs and increased performance that, in addition to decreasing costs of renewable power, suggest they are becoming an attractive option to decarbonise global energy systems. While in the past the major application consideration favoured the road-transport sector, recently the debate surrounding hydrogen has evolved and shifted towards all hard-to-decarbonise sectors. Following the IRENA’s 2019 report ‘Hydrogen: A renewable energy perspective’, this webinar will provide a more in-depth perspective on hydrogen’s strategic considerations, its nexus with renewable energy, its economics and trade.

Featured speaker:

  • Emanuele Taibi, Power System Transformation Strategies team, IRENA
  • Raul Miranda, Power System Transformation Strategies team, IRENA

Presentation slides can be accessed here.

Tuesday, 23 June 2020, 10:00 - 10:30 CET

“Advanced biofuels: What holds them back?”  

Whilst representing a third of global energy demand, the transport sector has the lowest level of renewable energy use today. Biofuels can offer readily available solutions for decarbonizing transport as an alternative to fossil fuels and as a complement to the enhanced role of electric mobility. IRENA’s climate-friendly scenario indicates that a five-fold increase of biofuels would be needed by 2050, however, many barriers are holding back their scale-up of biofuels deployment. This webinar, focused on the 2019 report ‘Advanced biofuels: what holds them back?’, shared practical insights into the complex business environment and discussed ways forward.

Featured speaker:

  • Toshimasa Masuyama, Bioenergy team, IRENA
  • Seungwoo Kang, Bioenergy team, IRENA

Presentation slides can be accessed here. 

Tuesday, 09 June 2020, 15:00 - 15:30 CET

“Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2019: Latest Trends and Drivers”  

Solar and wind power costs continued to fall in 2019 and auction and PPA results show there is no sign of slowing in the downward trend. IRENA has been tracking and analyzing the cost evolution of renewable power since 2012 to shed light on the accelerating momentum of renewables as both the key climate solution and a strong business proposition. Following the 2019’s edition of IRENA’s Renewable Power Generation Costs report published on 2 June 2020, this webinar shared with you key takeaways from this new body of work and provided insights into global cost trends for renewable power and what has driven their cost declines in 2019.

Featured speaker:

  • Michael Taylor, Renewable Cost Status and Outlook team, IRENA

Presentation slides can be accessed here. 

 

Tuesday, 26 May 2020, 16:00 - 16:30 CET

“IRENA FlexTool – Assessing power system flexibility to integrate a higher share of renewables”

Flexibility has become a common by-word when transforming our energy systems towards the ones dominated by renewable energy. In 2018, IRENA published the report ‘Power system flexibility for the energy transition’ together with a publicly and freely available tool, the IRENA FlexTool, that was used to perform flexibility assessments for Colombia, Panama, Thailand and Uruguay. This webinar reviewed the concept of flexibility proposed two years ago and served to present the latest version of the FlexTool, that was launched 2 weeks ago and is accompanied by a set of comprehensive training materials.

Featured speakers:

  • Emanuele Taibi, Power Sector Transformation Strategies team, IRENA
  • Carlos Fernandez, Power Sector Transformation Strategies team, IRENA

Presentation slides can be accessed here .

 

Tuesday, 12 May 2020, 10:00 - 10:30 CET

“Oceans powering the energy transition: Progress through innovative business models and revenue support”

This joint webinar by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and Ocean Energy Europe (OEE) discussed the role of oceans as a sustainable resource supporting the global energy transition. The webinar presented the status of ocean energy technologies and the needed actions to reach wide commercialization. The webinar also shed light on promising revenue support mechanisms and innovative business models, e.g: hybrid technologies and coupling sectors, tailored to country context.

Featured speakers:

  • Judit Hecke, Innovation team, IRENA
  • Alessandra Salgado, Innovation team, IRENA
  • Rémi Gruet, CEO, Ocean Energy Europe

IRENA presentation slides can be accessed here here and Ocean Energy Europe presentation slides can be accessed here.

 

Tuesday, 28 April 2020, 10:00 - 10:30 CET

”Renewables for refugee settlements: Sustainable energy access in humanitarian situations”

In response to the alarming numbers of displaced people around the world and their unreliable access to sustainable energy, IRENA collaborated with UNHCR in assessing energy access in four refugee settlements in Iraq and Ethiopia, in an attempt to identify ideal renewable energy solutions to reduce diesel consumption and costs and provide the refugees with clean, reliable and cost-efficient energy for their everyday purposes. The webinar hosted by the Power Sector Transformation Strategies team will shared insights and takeaways from this study captured in its 2019 report Renewables for refugee settlements: Sustainable energy access in humanitarian situations and will outlined avenues to replicate the proposed renewable energy solutions in other refugee settlements and shared possible business models to increase the uptake of renewables as well as enable the participation of private actors.

Featured speakers:

  • Dr. Deribe Gurmu, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Ethiopia
  • Emanuele Taibi, Power Sector Transformation Strategies team, IRENA
  • Aakarshan Vaid, Power Sector Transformation Strategies team, IRENA

Presentation slides can be accessed here.

 

Thursday, 16 April 2020, 3:00pm - 3:30pm CET

“The IRENA Electricity Storage Valuation Framework”

Following the launch of IRENA's Electricity Storage Valuation Framework in March, this webinar hosted by the Power Sector Transformation Strategies team at IRENA gave an overview of the report focused on how to assess the value of electricity storage for the power system and how to create conducive regulatory frameworks for cost-effective storage deployment. The webinar featured Heather Worley from the World Bank as a guest speaker, who introduced the Energy Storage Partnership, a new international partnership established by the World Bank with over 30 partners (incl. IRENA) to help expand the deployment of energy storage and bring new technologies to developing countries' power systems.

Featured speakers:

  • Heather Worley, Energy Storage Partnership, ESMAP, World Bank
  • Emanuele Taibi, Power Sector Transformation Strategies team, IRENA

Presentation slides can be accessed here.

 

Wednesday, 1 April 2020, 10:00 - 10:30 CET

”Unlocking demand-side flexibility to transform the power sector

The webinar hosted by the Power Sector Transformation team discussed a need to increase flexibility to accommodate variable renewables into the power systems particularly by adjusting the electricity demand over the course of various timeframes. The webinar drew upon the insights from the IRENA 2019 report “Demand-side flexibility for Power Sector Transformation” and showcased innovative solutions to harness demand-side flexibility such as power-to-X, EV smart charging, smart appliances as well as industrial demand response.

Featured speaker:

  • Carlos Fernandez, Power Sector Transformation team, IRENA

Presentation slides can be accessed here.

 

Tuesday, 17 March 2020, 10:00 – 10:30 CET

”Innovations for 100% renewable power: a systemic approach”

The webinar hosted by the Innovation team discussed the need for a systemic approach to innovations to integrate higher shares of variable renewables into the power systems. Innovations in enabling technologies together with innovations in business models, market designs and system operations are needed to increase the flexibility of the power systems. The webinar offered insights into the systemic innovation framework developed in the IRENA’s 2019 flagship report “Innovation landscape for a renewable-powered future”. Building on this framework, the webinar then showcased 4 tailor-made innovative solutions developed for the specific case of Sweden, which aims for 100% renewable power by 2040. The findings from the study were recently published in the report “Innovative solutions for 100% renewable power in Sweden”.

Featured speakers:

  • Arina Anisie, Innovation team
  • Elena Ocenic, Innovation team

Presentation slides can be accessed here.

 

Tuesday, 3 March 2020, 10:00 – 10:30 CET

“Planning for the renewable future: improving the use and development of long-term energy scenarios”

The webinar hosted by the Planning for the Global Energy Transition team explored the rapidly evolving landscape of long-term energy planning practices. The webinar shared insights into IRENA’s Long-term Energy Scenarios (LTES) Campaign and Network, which aims to provide a global platform to exchange good practices in the use and the development of clean energy transition scenarios. The webinar also introduced IRENA’s AVRIL program, short for ‘Addressing Variable Renewables in Long-term Energy Planning’, which aims to support government planning practitioners to adopt practical strategies to represent variable renewables in long-term modelling of crucial power system requirements, such as firm capacity, system flexibility, and transmission capacity.

Featured speakers:

  • Pablo Carvajal, Planning for the Global Energy Transition team
  • Bilal Hussain, Planning for the Global Energy Transition team

Presentation slides can be accessed here.

 

Tuesday, 18 February 2020, 10:00 – 10:30 CET

“Grid Stability with High Share of Renewables - Transforming Small Island Power Systems”

The webinar hosted by the Grid Integration team explored the importance of assessing the integration of higher shares of variable renewables into the grid, particularly the grids of small island developing states, to overcome technical constraints. Speaker shared best practices to mitigate technical challenges, considering system specificities, and offered insights into available resources to ensure secure and reliable power systems.

Featured speaker:

  • Gayathri Nair, Grid Integration team

Presentation slides can be accessed here.

 

Tuesday, 4 February 2020, 10:00 – 10:30 CET

“Where is renewable energy innovation heading? – What patents data can tell us.”

The webinar hosted by the Innovation, Quality & Standards team explored patent data analytics and how to translate this into valuable insights for policymakers, entrepreneurs, industry, investors and other key stakeholders in the energy sector. By using the online IRENA platform, INSPIRE, the webinar showed how to search for patents in different renewable energy technologies to identify innovation trends, front runner countries, and leading technology organisations.

Featured speakers:

  • Alessandra Salgado, Innovation team
  • Francisco Boshell, Team lead, Renewable Energy Technology, Standards and Markets

Presentation slides can be accessed here.

 

Tuesday, 21 January 2020, 10:00 – 10:30 CET

“Electric Vehicles: how smartly should we charge them?”

The webinar hosted by Innovation team explored synergies between electric vehicles and renewable energy, and how electrifying transport can aid in the decarbonisation of both the transport and power sector. It focused in particular on smart charging and its key role in unlocking flexibility from electric vehicles to use more solar and wind power. It also offered insights into how technological breakthroughs and innovative business models, as well as regulatory frameworks, are all important for the development of smart charging together with the rapid deployment of electric vehicles.

Featured speakers:

  • Arina Anisie, Innovation team
  • Francisco Boshell, Team lead, Renewable Energy Technology, Standards and Markets

Presentation slides can be accessed here.

 

Tuesday, 7 January 2020, 10:00 – 10:30 CET

“Wind and Solar PV – what we need by 2050”

The webinar hosted by the Renewable Energy Roadmaps team (REmap) explored the prominent role of wind and solar PV  technologies in accelerating the global energy transition to 2050 based on IRENA’s climate-resilient pathway (REmap Case). In particular, it outlined the growth in wind and solar PV power deployments needed in the next three decades to achieve the Paris climate goals and offered further insights into cost-reduction opportunities, technology trends and the need to prepare electricity grids for rising shares of wind and solar PV power.

Featured speakers:

  • Elisa Asmelash, REmap team
  • Gayathri Prakash, REmap team
  • Maisarah Kadir, REmap team

Presentation slides can be accessed here.