Solid Biomass Supply for Heat and Power: Technology Brief

This technology brief from IRENA examines the multi-dimensional logistical challenges of establishing a steady supply chain for solid biomass.

  • February 2019
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  • Power, Benefits
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  • English
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  • Japan, Netherlands

Scaling up renewables in cities: Opportunities for municipal governments

Case studies prepared by IRENA in collaboration with ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability) and the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) review crucial aspects of the urban energy transition.

  • December 2018
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  • Benefits, Transport
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  • English
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  • Argentina, Australia

Policies and regulations for renewable energy mini-grids

Countries have adopted varied approaches to mini-grid development, aiming to extend energy access to underserved communities. But existing regulations are often inadequate to make the best use of renewables.

  • October 2018
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  • Off-grid for Energy Access, Policy
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  • English
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  • Cambodia, Indonesia

Water Use in India’s Power Generation: Impact of renewables and improved cooling technologies to 2030

This study analyses the prospective impact of renewable energy deployment, along with recently mandated changes to power plant cooling systems, on water use in India’s electricity sector.   

  • January 2018
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  • Heating & Cooling, Power
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  • English
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  • India

Renewable Energy Prospects for India (REmap working paper)

This working paper provides a perspective on the changes needed for India to further accelerate the adoption of renewables, and achieve an affordable, secure, inclusive and environmentally friendly energy system that can address expanding energy demand and socio-economic needs.

  • May 2017
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  • Energy Transition
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  • English
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  • India

Renewables and Electricity Storage

With solar and wind installation breaking new records each year, countries with ambitious plans for these renewable power-generation technologies must consider the best ways to integrate variable renewables onto the grid. Electricity storage is a key option available to manage variability and ensure reliable, round-the-clock supply. Declining costs and improving capacities have...

  • June 2015
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  • Energy Transition, Power
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  • English
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  • Brazil, Denmark

From Baseload to Peak: Renewables provide a reliable solution

Solar and wind power continue expanding, constituting almost 40% of newly installed power capacity worldwide in 2014.

  • June 2015
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  • Energy Transition, Benefits
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  • English
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  • Brazil, Denmark

Off-grid renewable energy systems: Status and methodological issues

With more than a billion people lacking access to electricity, local power-generation solutions are essential to provide sustainable energy to all - particularly those consumers expected to remain isolated from national or regional grids for the foreseeable future. Renewable power generation provides low-cost solutions to bring reliable electricity to rural households or island...

  • February 2015
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  • Statistics, Off-grid for Energy Access
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  • English
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  • Bangladesh, China

Global Bioenergy Supply and Demand Projections: A working paper for REmap 2030

Biomass has an auspicious future in the world’s supply of renewable energy. REmap 2030, the global roadmap developed by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), foresees a major role for modern, sustainable biomass technologies in efforts to double the share of renewables in the energy mix.

  • September 2014
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  • Energy Transition
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  • English
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  • Australia, Brazil