IRENA insights - new webinar series gives insights into IRENA’s work

19 December 2019


 

As a key part of its broad portfolio of support to its 161 member countries and international community, IRENA provides cutting-edge information on renewable energy technologies and innovations, pathways and socioeconomic footprints of the global energy transformation and knowledge on how to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy on the ground. IRENA’s programmatic teams stay abreast of the latest developments and translate them into practical, policy-friendly advice and tools for countries. 

The new fortnightly #IRENAinsights programme of short, focused webinars will showcase key insight 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:


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 will give an overview of the report. The webinar will focus on how to assess the value of electricity storage for the power system and create conducive regulatory frameworks for cost-effective storage deployment. The webinar will feature Heather Worley from the World Bank as a guest speaker, to introduce 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

Please follow the link to register.

 

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 share insights and takeaways from this study captured in its 2019 report Renewables for refugee settlements: Sustainable energy access in humanitarian situations and will outline avenues to replicate the proposed renewable energy solutions in other refugee settlements and share possible business models to increase the uptake of renewables as well as enable the participation of private actors.

Featured speakers:

  • Emanuele Taibi, Power Sector Transformation Strategies team, IRENA
  • Aakarshan Vaid, Power Sector Transformation Strategies team, IRENA

Please follow the link to register.

 

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 will discuss 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 will draw upon the insights from the IRENA 2019 report “Demand-side flexibility for Power Sector Transformation” and will showcase 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

Please follow the link to register.

Past webinars


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.