Renewable energy potentials are a crucial factor in plans on how to mitigate climate change. For quite a while we have now been aware that this was one of the areas that the International Renewable Energy Agency IRENA would tackle, and it appears they have reached an important milestone in that quest.
IRENA is an intergovernmental organization founded in 2009 dedicated to renewable energy. In accordance with its Statute, IRENA’s objective is to “promote the widespread and increased adoption and the sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy”. This concerns all forms of energy produced from renewable sources in a sustainable manner, which include bioenergy, geothermal energy, hydropower, ocean energy, solar energy, and wind energy.
We hear IRENA is pleased to inform you of the launching of the IRENA Portal for Studies on Renewable Energy Potential.
IRENA has initiated a global collection of existing materials on renewable energy potentials. The portal now provides access to over 10,000 existing references of studies on renewable resources and potentials available worldwide. The geographic scale of the different references also varies widely, from global analyses to continent, country or regions. The information on this portal is presented using interactive flash maps with color codes that indicate the number of references available by country.
The references cover different sources of information from GIS-based maps to research reports, conference proceedings, journals, presentations, and other gray literature providing information on renewable energy potentials. Also, references with scopes beyond the national coverage are displayed using special links on the portal.
Some of the key benefits of the portal include:
- Interactive and user friendly flash map interface
- Comprehensive contributions from a variety of relevant professionals and expert organizations
- Identifies areas sparsely studied
- Serves as a repository to facilitate research, market analysis and policy development.