Solutions for a Renewable-Powered Future

Innovation is a key driver for the energy transformation. Innovative solutions can make the power system more flexible, allowing for a higher, cost-effective use of renewables.

IRENA's 2019 Innovation Landscape study outlines 11 solutions to create reliable, efficient future power systems using large shares of solar and wind power:

The proposed solutions make use of 30 innovations, which are further explored in sets of briefs:


         12 Aggregators
         13 Peer-to-peer electricity trading
         14 Energy-as-a-service
         15 Community-ownership models
         16 Pay-as-you-go models



         25 Future role of distribution
               system operators
         26 Co-operation between              
               transmission and distribution      
               system operators          
         27 Advanced forecasting of              
               variable renewable power          
         28 Innovative operation of              
               pumped hydropower storage      
         29 Virtual power lines              
         30 Dynamic line rating              



“Innovation landscape for a renewable-powered future” provides the first-of-its-kind mapping and categorising of innovative solutions to integrate renewable power. It brings together key insights on emerging innovations that facilitate a higher share of variable renewables – mainly solar PV and wind - in the power sector.

Electrification, decentralisation and digitalisation are leading innovation trends that unlock system flexibility for more variable renewables. 30 different innovations in enabling technologies, market design, business models and system operation transform the power sector at its core.

11 innovative solutions show how synergies between innovations can enable the cost-effective acceleration of variable renewables, while making energy production, transmission and consumption more flexible and empowering a new generation of energy consumers.