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IRENA events at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES)

19-21 January 2015 | Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE)

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Coverage on Tuesday, 20 January 2015

A view of Capital Gate from Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC)

On Tuesday, 20 January 2015, IRENA organized a number of events at the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) including, “Mini-grids outlook: policy and technical innovation”, “Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) regional energy market analysis”, “A framework for enhanced renewable energy technology adoption in developing countries”, “The next generation of renewable electricity policies: how rapid change is breaking down conventional labels”, “Renewable energy knowledge – global challenges” and “Financing small scale renewable energy projects”.

During the session on mini-grids outlook, a panel discussed the importance of mini-grids as well as the challenges to their implementation, such as the need for additional battery storage since it is the highest cost item. During the session on GCC regional energy market analysis Rabia Ferroukhi, IRENA, moderated the session, and said that growing demand for energy in the GCC region coupled with reduced earnings from fossil fuel exports is driving a need for energy diversification through renewables.

In the session on a framework for enhanced renewable energy technology adoption participants discussed possible means of technology transfer to developing countries and heard a report on the Localization of Clean Energy Technologies in Africa project.

Participants in the next generation of renewable electricity policies session heard a presentation from Salvatore Vinci, IRENA, on ‘Adapting Renewable Energy Policies to Dynamic Market Conditions’, highlighting that policies have driven advances in renewable energy markets but that one difficulty is integrating renewables into the grid system.

During the renewable energy knowledge session, participants discussed the diversity of the renewables sector, and highlighted, inter alia, and the importance of long-term and differentiated policy frameworks to sustain and increase investment levels, the imperative of new systems to organize the explosion of climate and energy knowledge and the need to improve data collection.

On financing small-scale renewable energy projects, session participants noted impressive growth in investment in the last few years but that there is still a need to find financing solutions for small-scale renewable energy projects.

Daniel Kammen, University of California - Berkeley
Salvatore Vinci, IRENA
Ernesto Galán, Generalia
L-R: Ruud Kempener, IRENA; Yannick Julliard, Siemens; Xavier Vallvé, Trama Tecno Ambiental; Oussama Chehab, SMA Solar Technology AG
Xavier Vallvé, Trama Tecno Ambiental
Yannick Julliard, Siemens

Renewable Energy Knowledge - Global Challenges

Organized by IRENA and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

L-R: Paolo Frankl, International Energy Agency (IEA); Christine Lins, Executive Secretary, REN21; Martin Hiller, Director-General, Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP); and Tareq Emtairah, Executive Director, Regional Center for Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency (RCREEE)
Christine Lins, Executive Secretary, REN21
Paolo Frankl, IEA
Adam Brown, IEA
Martin Hiller, Director-General, REEEP

L-R: Hannes Reinisch, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UAE; Fahad Abu-Mouti, King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE), Saudi Arabia; Ayman Al-Qattan, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research; Fahad Hamad M. Al-Tamini, Qatar Petroleum; Taher Diab, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy; and Imtiaz Mahtab, Middle East Solar Industry Association
Hannes Reinisch, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UAE
Rabia Ferroukhi, IRENA
Ayman Al-Qattan, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research
Fahad Abu-Mouti, KACARE, Saudi Arabia
Taher Diab, Dubai Supreme Council of Energy
Fahad Hamad M. Al-Tamini, Qatar Petroleum
Dana Younger, International Finance Corporation
Daniel Zywietz, CEO, Enerwhere
L-R: Rabia Ferroukhi, IRENA; Raed Bkayrat, First Solar; Steve Griffiths, Masdar Institute; Amoro El Shurafa, King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center; Ivano Iannelli, Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence; and Glada Lahn, Chatham House
Ivano Iannelli, Dubai Carbon Centre of Excellence
Raed Bkayrat, First Solar
Glada Lahn, Chatham House

Dolf Gielen, IRENA
Linus Mofor, IRENA
Claudia do Valle, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

L-R: Rabia Ferroukhi, IRENA; Toby Couture, Director, E3 Analytics; Salvatore Vinci, IRENA; Jörg Mayer, German Solar Industry Association; Victoria Healey, Clean Energy Solutions Centre
Victoria Healey, Clean Energy Solutions Centre
Toby Couture, Director, E3 Analytics
Salvatore Vinci, IRENA

L-R: Ernesto Galán, Generalia; Roberto Ridolfi, European Investment Bank; Anthony Jude, Asian Development Bank (ADB); Nico Peterschmidt, INENSUS GmbH
Henning Wuester, IRENA
Seleha Lockwood, IRENA
Ernesto Galán, Generalia
Nico Peterschmidt, INENSUS GmbH

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*IRENA Assembly Website and Documents

*IRENA Assembly Provisional Annotated Agenda

*Schedule of Assembly and other IRENA events during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week

*IRENA Membership

*IRENA Council Information

*IRENA Statute

IISD RS Resources

*IISD RS coverage of the Fourth session of the IRENA Assembly, World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2014, and IRENA Renewable Energy Jobs Conference, 18-19, 20-22 and 21 January 2014, Abu Dhabi, UAE

*IISD RS coverage of the IRENA Renewables and Islands Global Summit, 6-7 September 2012, Malta

*IISD RS coverage of WFES 2012, 16-19 January 2012, Abu Dhabi, UAE

*IISD RS coverage of the Pacific Leaders Meeting and Second Session of the IRENA Assembly, 13 and 14-15 January 2012, Abu Dhabi, UAE

*IISD RS summary report of the Workshop on Renewables – Competitiveness and Innovation, and the Official Opening of the IRENA International Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC), 6-7 October 2011, Bonn, Germany (HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS summary report of the Workshop on the Occasion of the Official Innovation and Technology Centre (IITC) Inauguration, 6 October 2011, Bonn, Germany (HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS coverage of the High-Level Africa Consultative Forum on Renewable Energy, 8-9 July 2011, Abu Dhabi, UAE

*IISD RS coverage of the Fifth Session of the Preparatory Commission for IRENA and First session of the Assembly of IRENA, 3-5 April 2011, Abu Dhabi, UAE

*IISD RS coverage of WFES 2011, 17-20 January 2011, Abu Dhabi, UAE

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