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IRENA Report on Sustainable Pastureland Intensification: Making Room for Energy Crops without Harming Biodiversity

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Biofuels are an essential renewable energy resource, with 40% (90 exajoules) of renewable energy resources projected to come from biofuel sources by 2050. In order to meet these projected energetic demands, biofuel production must be increased from the current annual biofuel yield of 50 exajoules. Sustainable intensification of pastureland, or the increase of livestock yield […]

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IRENA Report on Innovation Landscape for a Renewable-Powered Future

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The integration of solar and wind power poses specific challenges as system operators pursue low-carbon investments and long-term energy sustainability. As these variable renewable energy (VRE) sources reach high shares of power generation, power systems must be increasingly flexible to maintain the balance of supply and demand over each day or year. In response, policymakers […]

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IRENA Report on Renewable Capacity Statistics 2019

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The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) produces comprehensive renewable energy statistics on a range of topics. This publication presents renewable power generation capacity statistics in trilingual tables for the last decade (2009 – 2018). Renewable power generation capacity is measured as the maximum net generating capacity of power plants and other installations that use renewable […]

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IRENA Report on Global energy transformation: A roadmap to 2050 (2019 edition)

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Increased use of renewable energy, combined with intensified electrification, could prove decisive for the world to meet key climate goals by 2050. This study from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) highlights immediately deployable, cost-effective options for countries to fulfill climate commitments and limit the rise of global temperatures. The envisaged energy transformation would also […]

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Capgemini Report on Intelligent Automation in Energy and Utilities

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The global energy and utilities sector is making increasing use of intelligent automation, including a significant rise in the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) since 2017, but executives are underestimating its full potential with large scale projects taking a back seat, according to new research from the Capgemini Research Institute. The study found that nearly half […]

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IRENA Report on Smart Charging

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This outlook from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) shows how policy and technological breakthroughs can advance the development of this key enabling technology for renewables. Through smart charging, EV batteries can help to integrate high shares of solar and wind power into existing grids, as battery storage capacity helps to even out the variability […]

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The Case for Discoms and Mini-Grid Providers to Work together

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One of the biggest challenges in providing quality power to the poor has been the poor coordination between discoms and service providers who can work well in these areas, especially mini-grid players. A report from Power For All looks at this aspect of the challenge, and provides some options.

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