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    • Renewable Energy Cost Analysis - Concentrating Solar Power

      This working paper is part of a set of five reports on hydropower, wind, biomass, concentrating solar power and solar pholtovoltaics that address the current costs of these key renewable power technology options. 

      Publications Reports Power Generation Costs Costs Solar energy Technology
    • Quality Infrastructure for Renewable Energy Technologies: Solar Water Heaters

      This guide is part of a series prepared by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in the field of quality infrastructure (QI) for small-scale renew¬able energy technologies. Quality Infrastructure for Renewable Energy Technologies: Solar Water Heaters analyses the challenges and offers recommendations for developing QI for solar water heaters (SWHs), as well as highlighting the experiences of several countries in developing and implementing QI for SWHs. The SWH guide concludes by applying guidelines for incrementally developing QI to the particular case of SWH markets.

      Publications Reports Quality & Standards Innovation Solar energy Technology
    • End-of-life management: Solar Photovoltaic Panels

      This report is the first-ever projection of PV panel waste volumes to 2050. It highlights that recycling or repurposing solar PV panels at the end of their roughly 30-year lifetime can unlock an estimated stock of 78 million tonnes of raw materials and other valuable components globally by 2050.

      Publications Reports Solar energy Technology
    • Demand-side flexibility for power sector transformation

      Power systems need to be increasingly flexible to accommodate rising solar and wind shares. This brief examines the uses of demand-side flexibility, outlines solutions to achieve these, and highlights examples in actual power systems.

      Publications Reports Power system flexibility Planning Solar energy Technology Wind energy Technology Energy transition in end uses Policy
    • Renewable Energy Benefits: Leveraging Local Capacity for Solar Water Heaters

      This report aims to expand policy makers’ understanding of the steps needed to develop a local market for solar water heaters, and the existing capabilities that can be leveraged to do so. The report also highlights opportunities to create local value by setting up a domestic industry around solar water heaters.

      Publications Reports Energy & jobs Socio-economic impact Macro-economic benefits Socio-economic impact Local value creation Socio-economic impact Solar energy Technology Buildings & cities Technology
    • Concentrated Solar Power: Technology brief

      This brief analyses Concentrating Solar Power and the potentials of the thermal storage system for the disruption of renewable energy.

      Publications Reports Solar energy Technology
    • Solar Heat for Industrial Processes

      This IRENA/IEA-ETSAP Technology Brief provides technical background, analyses the potential and barriers for market growth, and offers insights for policy makers on tSolar thermal systems (STS) .

      Publications Reports Solar energy Technology Industry Technology
    • Electricity Storage Valuation Framework

      Electricity storage will be crucial factor for scaling up solar and wind power. Yet electricity markets may not account for the system value of storage.

      Publications Reports Energy storage Technology Electricity Storage Costs Costs Solar energy Technology Wind energy Technology
    • Global Atlas for Solar and Wind Energy abstract

      The Global Atlas for Solar and Wind Energy project aims to create a collaborative internetbased Geographic Information System (GIS) for wind and solar resources that can direct and enhance cooperation on global scenarios and strategies and support decision-making, especially in areas where existing information is insufficient.

      Publications Reports Solar energy Technology Wind energy Technology
    • Offshore Renewables: An Action Agenda for Deployment

      The report provides insights on various emerging offshore renewable energy technologies and their underlying potential. It also outlines a possible Action Plan for the G20 countries to drive offshore technologies closer to the commercialisation phase.

      Publications Reports Climate Action Ocean Technology Wind energy Technology Solar energy Technology Targets & NDCs Policy
    • Global Atlas for Renewable Energy: Overview of Solar and Wind Maps

      The Global Atlas for Renewable Energy (Global Atlas) is a free online resource-assessment tool intended to help policy makers and investors appreciate the extent of the renewable energy resources at their disposal in each country or region.

      Publications Reports Solar energy Technology Wind energy Technology
    • 10 Years: Progress to Action

      IRENA's 10th Assembly booklet charts global advances over the past decade and calls for a new Decade of Action on renewables. Comparative graphs and data illuminate the road ahead.

      Publications Reports Targets & NDCs Policy Power Generation Costs Costs Solar energy Technology Wind energy Technology Energy & jobs Socio-economic impact Off-grid for energy access Electrification Innovation
    • The Socio-economic Benefits of Solar and Wind Energy

      With many economies facing slow growth prospects, policy makers increasingly see chances for greater income, improved trade balances, industrial development and job creation through renewable energy deployment. However, detailed evidence on these effects remains limited.

      Publications Reports Solar energy Technology Wind energy Technology Local value creation Socio-economic impact
    • Solar simulators: Application to developing cities

      This report from IRENA examines the evolution of solar PV simulators, from single-rooftop assessments at the household level to large-scale, aggregate-level analyses undertaken by municipal authorities and other large entities.

      Publications Reports Solar energy Technology Energy transition in end uses Policy
    • Renewable Energy Benefits: Leveraging Local Capacity for Solar PV

      Renewable energy development can drive economic growth, create new jobs and enhance human health and welfare at the national level. The Leveraging Local Capacity series examines the kinds of jobs created and suggests ways to build on existing industries.

      Publications Reports Local value creation Socio-economic impact Macro-economic benefits Socio-economic impact Solar energy Technology
    • Solar Heating and Cooling for Residential Applications

      Solar thermal systems (STS) are a mature technology that has been successfully deployed in several countries for residential applications since the early 1980s. This IRENA/IEA-ETSAP Technology Brief provides technical background, analyses the potential and the barriers for market growth, and offers insights for policy makers on this key renewable energy technology.

      Publications Reports Solar energy Technology Buildings & cities Technology
    • Off-grid Renewable Energy Statistics 2021

      This publication presents statistics for the decade 2010-2019 in trilingual tables, covering off-grid power capacity, biogas production and numbers of people using off-grid power and biogas for cooking and lighting.

      Publications Reports Statistics Off-grid for energy access Bioenergy & biofuels Technology Hydropower Technology Solar energy Technology
    • Technology Briefs

      This series of technology briefs provides technical background information, analyses market potential and barriers and provides insights for policy makers on key types of renewable energy technology. The briefs, produced by IRENA in collaboration with the International Energy Agency’s Energy Technology Systems Analysis Programme (IEA-ETSAP), cover different technologies or processes:

      Publications Reports Bioenergy & biofuels Technology Solar energy Technology Ocean Technology Geothermal energy Technology
    • Heat Pumps: Technology Brief

      This brief focuses on heat pump technologies based on renewable energy sources.

      Publications Reports Solar energy Technology
    • Thermal energy storage: Technology brief

      This technology brief provides technical background information, analyses market potential and barriers, and offers insights for policy makers on thermal energy storage.

      Publications Reports Solar energy Technology
    • Utility-scale Solar and Wind Areas: Mauritania

      The report provides insights on the country’s potential to adopt solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind power.

      Publications Reports Solar energy Technology Wind energy Technology Power Generation Costs Costs
    • Future of Solar Photovoltaic

      This study presents options to fully unlock the world’s vast solar PV potential over the period until 2050. It builds on IRENA’s global roadmap to scale up renewables and meet climate goals.

      Publications Reports Renewable Energy Roadmap (ReMap) Global Solar energy Technology
    • Zhangjiakou Energy Transformation Strategy 2050

      The municipal authorities for Zhangjiakou City, in co-operation with the China National Renewable Energy Centre (CNREC) and IRENA, have adopted an ambitious 30-year roadmap to phase out coal-fired power generation and scale up solar and wind power instead.

      Publications Reports Targets & NDCs Policy Solar energy Technology Wind energy Technology Long term energy planning Planning Renewable energy for cities Policy
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