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IRENA Coalition for Action Webinar Series


The Coalition for action launched a new series of webinars focused on highly topical renewable energy trends in oder to share IRENA and Coalition of Action members' perspectives and analysis. 

The first webinar, in English, in this series took place on November 23, 2016. 

IRENA's Senior Analyst, Michael Taylor, presented on the increasing global competitiveness of renewables. 

The first webinar, in Spanish, in this series took place on November 23, 2016. 

IRENA's Junior Professional Associate, Pablo Ralon, presented on the increasing global competitiveness of renewables. 

El primer seminario en línea en español se llevó a cabo el 23 de Noviembre, 2016.

Pablo Ralon (IRENA) presentó sobre la creciente competitividad de las energías renovables. Además se contó con la  participación de:

Marcelo Álvarez, Presidente de la Cámara Argentina de Energías Renovables (presentación).

Ramón Fiestas Hummler, Presidente del Comité Latinoamericano de Global Wind Energy Council,GWEC (presentación).

CNN's Isa Soares interviews IRENA's Michael Taylor


IRENA's Senior Analyst, Michael Taylor, has recently discussed the importance of flexible grids and new storage solutions for a reliable clean energy supply with CNN's anchor Isa Soares.



The full interview can be retrieved here.

The True Costs of Renewables: Towards 100% Renewable Energy

On July 1st 2014 IRENA joined the REN Alliance partners to present a webinar on "Sustainable technology integration towards 100% renewable energy – Case studies”. The webinar explored how 100% renewable energy supply is possible supported by case studies that demonstrated how RE technologies are working together and the real costs of renewable energy.

For more information on the webinar and REN Alliance partners please visit International Solar Energy Society by clicking here. For the IRENA presentation on costs please visit our slides page here.

IRENA Renewable Costing Alliance Webinars

The IRENA Business Forum hosted three webinars on 28-30 May 2013 to engage the private sector and inform companies about the work of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) on costing and how to contribute to such activities. The webinars, timed for three different regions (Asia and Oceania, Americas and Caribbean, and Europe, Middle East and Africa), included the following components: Insights and the Agency’s Perspective (Frank Wouters, IRENA); High-level Trends (Dolf Gielen, IRENA); Approach of Industry Partners (Regional Partners); In-depth Look into IRENA’s Costing Analysis – Past, Present and Future (Michael Taylor, IRENA).

17 October, 2013 - Research meets practice: International cooperation for sustainable development 

On October 17 Michael Taylor (Senior Analyst, International Renewable Energy Agency Innovation and Technology Center, Bonn) participated in the GIZ event "The uphill battle: New challenges for low-cost renewable energies".

This event involved Michael Taylor (IRENA) - who researches costs and technology trends in the area of renewable energies - and Dr Bernhard Bösl (Senior Advisor Energy, GIZ) answering a series of questions by the moderator, including: 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?

Michael Taylor (IRENA) noted that '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 now THE economic solution off grid, but also increasingly for grid supply'.



Video courtesy of GIZ. For more information on GIZ's Research meets Practice events please visit them online at www.giz.de/researchmeetspractice
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