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    • 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
    • Biomass Co-firing: Technology brief

      This brief focuses on biomass co-firing as a transition option towards a completely carbon-free power sector.

      Publications Reports Bioenergy Policy Bioenergy & biofuels 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
    • 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
    • Production of Bioethylene: Technology brief

      This technology brief examines the potential of bioethylene for the production of clean bio-ethanol and reduced impact of the chemical industry on the environment.

      Publications Reports Bioenergy Policy Bioenergy & biofuels Technology
    • 30 Years of Policies for Wind Energy: Lessons from 12 Wind Energy Markets

      Wind energy has emerged in recent years as a prominent power source in some of the world’s leading markets. Successful wind development hinges on a range of policy and regulatory decisions. A joint report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) provides insights into the policy design decisions taken in important existing markets over the last three decades.

      Publications Reports Wind energy Technology Power system structures & markets Policy
    • Synergies between Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

      A joint working paper from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency (C2E2) illuminates crucial synergies that can help to ensure a sustainable global energy future.

      Publications Reports Energy efficiency Technology
    • A path to prosperity: Renewable energy for islands

      A Path to Prosperity: Renewable Energy for Islands presents a compilation of case studies from small island developing states (SIDS) and development partners.

      Publications Reports Technology & infrastructure Technology SIDS Lighthouses
    • Wind Resource Measurement: Guidelines for Islands

      Renewable energy technologies, including wind power, can help even the most remote islands achieve energy security and sustainability, while cutting fuel import costs.

      Publications Reports Wind energy Technology Technology & infrastructure Technology SIDS Lighthouses
    • 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 made batteries and other storage technologies increasingly practical for upgrading existing power systems.

      Publications Reports Renewable Energy Roadmap (ReMap) Energy storage Technology
    • Hydropower

      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 the hydropower technology.

      Publications Reports Hydropower Technology
    • Renewable Energy Options for Shipping

      The shipping industry plays a critical role in the global economy, carrying approximately 90% of the total tonnage of world’s traded goods. Shipping propulsion has changed radically since the mid-19th century, from the renewable energy of sail power, to the coal power of steamships, to the predominance of heavy fuel oil and marine diesel oil. But renewable energy technologies could transform the global shipping fleet again, at all levels and scales.

      Publications Reports Transport Technology Energy efficiency Technology
    • Renewable Desalination: Technology Options for Islands

      Many islands face shortages of fresh water. Desalination using renewable energy can meet their water needs at reduced costs, this report finds.

      Publications Reports Technology & infrastructure Technology SIDS Lighthouses
    • 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
    • Biomass for Heat and Power

      This IRENA/IEA-ETSAP technology brief provides technical background analyses the potential and barriers for market growth, and offers insights for policy makers on biomass for heat and power.

      Publications Reports Bioenergy & biofuels 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
    • 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
    • Reaching Zero with Renewables

      Energy emissions from industry and transport could be cut to zero by 2060 with pro-active policies and investments. Renewables will be crucial.

      Publications Reports Climate Action Industry Technology Transport Technology Energy transition in end uses Policy
    • Recycle: Bioenergy

      Sustainable bioenergy could even out solar and wind variability and replace fossil fuels for industry, transport and buildings.

      Publications Reports Renewable Energy Roadmap (ReMap) Global Bioenergy & biofuels Technology Bioenergy Policy Energy transition in end uses Policy Power Generation Costs Costs Circular economy Policy
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