Wednesday, October 17, 2012 Bonn, Germany
This past 17 October IRENA had the pleasure of participating in a GIZ event: The uphill battle: New challenges for low-cost renewable energies.
Part of a speaker series called Research meets Practice the event addressed the uphill battle faced by developing countries in addressing electricity market design barriers, regulations and financing models to the greater deployment of variable renewable energy technologies, and grid stability and supply security.
Attended by many across industry and research sectors, speakers Michael Taylor (Cost Analyst, International Renewable Energy Agency Innovation and Technology Centre, Bonn), who researches costs and technology trends in the area of renewable energies, and Dr Bernhard Bösl (Senior Advisor Energy, GIZ) answered the following key questions: Are renewables really a viable alternative for developing and emerging countries? And if so, what is the role of the international community and German international cooperation, especially considering the German ‘Energiewende’, in ensuring sustainable development of the energy sector in other countries? What successful forms of collaboration exist between researchers and practitioners, and how can these be used to catalyse the deployment of renewables?
'The recent cost reductions for renewable energy technologies, particularly solar PV have the potential to have a profound impact on developing countries’ economic development... IRENA’s analysis of 8000 renewable energy projects around the world clearly shows that renewables are the economic solution off grid but also increasingly for grid supply' states Michael Taylor, Senior Analyst, IRENA.
Video courtesy of GIZ. For more information on GIZ's Research meets Practice events please visit them online at www.giz.de/en/mediacenter/21476.html.