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IRENA and IEA-ETSAP's initial set of 10 renewable energy briefs scopes out the state of play in terms of technology, markets and barriers to ongoing development and growth globally.

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Scoping Out Renewable Energy Technology, Markets, And Barriers

IRENA and IEA-ETSAP’s initial set of 10 renewable energy briefs scopes out the state of play in terms of technology, markets and barriers to ongoing development and growth globally.

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and International Energy Agency’s Energy Technology Systems Analysis Program (IEA-ETSAP) has released the first set of ten – count ’em, 10 – briefs in what’s likely one of the most comprehensive international efforts to date to scope out and analyze the rapidly evolving renewable energy technology landscape.

Spanning bio-ethylene, bio-methanol, biomass co-firing, concentrating solar power (CSP), desalination using renewable energy, electricity storage, heat pumps, liquid biofuels, thermal storage, and solar photovoltaics (PV), each brief “provides technical background information on the technology and analyzes the market status, potential and barriers as well as insights for policy makers,” the report producers explained in an announcement. All are available for download.

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Status Report on 10 Renewable Energy Technologies

Clean Technica will be delving into the reports individually, but devoting a bit of time to elaborate a bit of background first seems a worthwhile effort.

IRENA’s been on a roll since announcing it’s establishing its global headquarters in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week this past month, publicly releasing a string of reports on renewable energy growth and development (see here and here).

Whereas IRENA was established in 2011, IEA-ETSAP was formed in 1976. Under the IEA-ETSAP umbrella, a consortium of member country and invited teams covering nearly 70 countries actively cooperate to establish, maintain, and expand a consistent multi-country analytical framework and capability spanning energy, economy, environment and engineering (4E).

The analytical framework IEA-ETSAP has developed is based mainly “on the MARKAL/TIMES family of models, permitting the compilation of long term energy scenarios and in-depth national, multi-country, and global energy and environmental analyses,” the multilateral organization explains.

IEA-ETSAP meets twice a year, inviting local experts to participate in information exchanges and sharing of experiences in an effort to further diffuse and enhance its methodologies and practices. The next IEA-ETSAP meeting is to be held in Paris June 17-18 just before the IEA Workshop 2013.


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