Starting this autumn and continuing into 2018, IRENA and the “Sustainable Development in International Cooperation” coordination unit of the University of Bonn have organised a lecture series that will analyse and discuss the political, technological, financial, socioeconomic, commercial and regional challenges of a renewable energy powered future. Covering topics ranging from innovation in renewables to improving energy access on islands, lectures will elaborate on the role of innovation in the transformation of the energy sector, highlighting concrete examples of exciting innovations that may become climate game changers. IRENA will share its costs work and its outlook on future competitiveness of key renewable energy technologies, including preliminary results from its upcoming analysis on projected costs and performance of battery electricity storage technologies to 2030.
The Agency will outline bioenergy potential in the context of a recently released briefing paper on Bioenergy for Sustainable Development. Key findings from published and ongoing IRENA publications on the power sector transformation cluster and project facilitation, particularly renewable energy project development overview modelling techniques, will also be presented. A lecture focused on planning long-term transition paths for a high share of variable renewable energy, will explore planning to overcome operational bottlenecks and the role of storage in the integration of variable renewable energy into a power system.