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Renewable energy auctions in Japan: Context, design and results

As Japan moves away from nuclear power plants, it has turned to renewables to diversify its energy mix. Auctions have emerged as a key policy tool for the transition.

  • January 2021
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  • Energy Transition, Policy
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  • English
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  • Japan

Green hydrogen cost reduction

Green hydrogen can help to cut emissions in energy-intensive, hard-to decarbonise sectors like steel, chemicals, long-haul transport, shipping and aviation. But electrolyser costs must be cut to make it economical.

  • December 2020
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  • Energy Transition
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  • English

Renewables Readiness Assessment: El Salvador

As El Salvador continues developing, renewables can stimulate local commerce and industry, help reduce electricity tariffs and improve people’s welfare.

  • December 2020
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  • Energy Transition
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  • English
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  • El Salvador

Renewable energy and climate pledges: Five years after the Paris Agreement

Renewable energy targets can reinforce Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), providing a key element for countries to pursue more ambitious climate pledges under the Paris Agreement.

  • December 2020
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  • Energy Transition
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  • English

Quality infrastructure for smart mini-grids

Market expansion for renewable mini-grids depends on establishing trustworthy quality infrastructure (QI). Smart technologies to integrate solar and wind power require international and national QI.

  • December 2020
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  • Innovation
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  • English

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

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

Renewable Energy Policies in a Time of Transition: Heating and Cooling

The transition to renewable-based, energy-efficient heating and cooling could follow several possible pathways. This report outlines the infrastructure and policies needed.

  • November 2020
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  • Policy, Heating & Cooling
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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

Green hydrogen: A guide to policy making

Renewable-based “green” hydrogen will be crucial to achieve net-zero emissions. This report offers guidelines on how to kickstart it at national and regional levels.

  • November 2020
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  • Policy, Energy Transition
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  • English