Innovation Outlook: Advanced Liquid Biofuels

IRENA’s Renewable Energy Innovation Outlook series analyses the emerging developments making renewable energy technologies (RETs) increasingly competitive in the world’s energy markets and systems.

  • October 2016
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Bioethanol in Africa: A Case for Technology Transfer and South-South Cooperation

Sustainable biofuels have an important role to play in Africa’s development. Sugarcane bioethanol is currently the most cost-effective commercial biofuel and has the highest energy balance.

  • October 2016
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Renewable Energy in Cities

This report explores potential for urban communities to scale-up renewables by 2030, based on estimated energy use 3,649 cities around the world. By highlighting the best practices, it examines the policies and technologies by which cities can bring about a renewable energy future.

  • October 2016
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Renewable Energy Benefits: Decentralised solutions in agri-food chain

The number of people without access to electricity is estimated at more than a billion, while almost 2.9 billion still rely on traditional, unsustainable biomass sources such as firewood for cooking and heating. About 80% of those lacking modern energy access live in rural areas, which also host more than 70% of the world’s poor.

  • September 2016
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  • English

Policies and regulations for private sector renewable energy mini-grids

The report examines the specificities of mini-grids connected to solar, biomass, wind and small hydropower, or some combination of these with other energy sources, and discusses the key factors influencing investors in mini-grid projects.

  • September 2016
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  • Policy
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Innovation Outlook: Renewable mini-grids

This report examines ground-breaking innovations that can help to unlock future power supply for unserved areas and communities through the rapid roll-out of mini-grids based on solar, wind or other renewable sources.

  • September 2016
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  • Innovation
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Solar PV in Africa: Costs and Markets

The report discusses challenges in policy making and proposes a co-ordinated effort to collect data on the installed costs of solar PV in Africa, across all market segments to improve the efficiency of policy support and accelerate deployment.

  • September 2016
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  • Costs
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The Renewable Route to Sustainable Transport: A working paper based on REmap

This working paper draws on engagement with a Transport Action Team of experts and expands on the transport-related findings published in IRENA’s report REmap: Roadmap for a Renewable Energy Future, 2016 Edition.

  • August 2016
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  • Transport
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Renewable Energy Prospects: Dominican Republic

A REmap country study highlights the potential to increase the share of renewable power generation in the Dominican Republic to as much as 44% by 2030.

  • July 2016
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  • English

Renewable Energy Statistics 2016

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has set out to produce comprehensive, reliable data sets on renewable energy capacity and use worldwide.

  • July 2016
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  • English