A Renewable Future Lecture Series in Bonn


New lecture series highlights the political, technological, financial, socio-economic, commercial, and regional challenges for a future powered by renewables.

Starting this autumn and continuing into 2018,  IRENA and the “Sustainable Development in International Cooperation” coordination unit of the University of Bonn have organised a lecture series that will analyse and discuss the political, technological, financial, socioeconomic, commercial and regional challenges of a renewable energy powered future.

Covering topics ranging from innovation in renewables to improving energy access on islands, lectures will elaborate on the role of innovation in the transformation of the energy sector, highlighting concrete examples of exciting innovations that may become climate game changers.

IRENA will share its costs work and its outlook on future competitiveness of key renewable energy technologies, including preliminary results from its upcoming analysis on projected costs and performance of battery electricity storage technologies to 2030.

The Agency will outline bioenergy potential in the context of a recently released briefing paper on Bioenergy for Sustainable Development. Key findings from published and ongoing IRENA publications on the power sector transformation cluster and project facilitation, particularly renewable energy project development overview modelling techniques, will also be presented.

A lecture focused on planning long-term transition paths for a high share of variable renewable energy, will explore planning to overcome operational bottlenecks and the role of storage in the integration of variable renewable energy into a power system.

A schedule of the lectures can be found below.

Event Date Lecturers
Accelerating the Global Energy Transition 12 October 2017 Dr. Dolf Gielen (Director) and Luis Janeiro (Programme Officer), IRENA
Planning for the Transformation of Power Systems 26 October 2017 Dr. Asami Miketa (Programme Officer) and Francisco Gafaro (Program Officer), IRENA
Island Energy Transitions 9 November 2017 Emanuele Taibi (Programme Officer) / Peter Journeay-Kaler (Associate Programme Officer), IRENA
Approaches to Sustainable Bioenergy 23 November 2017 Jeffrey Skeer (Senior Programme Officer), IRENA
Innovation Driving the Energy Sector Transformation 7 December 2017 Francisco Boshell (Programme Officer) and Prof. Dr. Roland Roesch (Senior Programme Officer), IRENA
Improving Energy Access with Renewable Energy Project Facilitation 21 December 2017 Prof. Dr. Roland Roesch (Senior Programme Officer) and Simon Benmarraze (Analyst), IRENA
The True Costs of Renewables 25 January 2018 Michael Taylor (Senior Analyst), IRENA

All events will take place from 18:00 to 20:00 in Lecture Hall IX of the University of Bonn’s Main Building. To attend, please register via email to mfischer@uni-bonn.de or through the online form at https://www.nachhaltige-entwicklung.uni-bonn.de/vorlesungsreihen.


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