Renewable Energy Media Term Market Report 2015
The International Energy Agency (IEA), an autonomous agency, was established in November 1974. Its primary mandate was – and is – two-fold: to promote energy security amongst its member countries through collective response to physical disruptions in oil supply, and provide authoritative research and analysis on ways to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for its 29 member countries and beyond. The IEA carries out a comprehensive programme of energy co-operation among its member countries, each of which is obliged to hold oil stocks equivalent to 90 days of its net imports. Download Report
Africa 2030: Roadmap for a Renewable Energy Future 2015
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an intergovernmental organisation that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform for international cooperation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy. IRENA promotes the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy, including bioenergy, geothermal, hydropower, ocean, solar and wind energy, in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity. Download Report
Innovations & Advancements in Solar Energy Storage Systems September 2015
Solar Energy based power generation technologies have matured to a point that they can compete with conventional power generation but the instantaneous nature of Solar Energy is still limiting its deployment in grid connected and in off-grid applications. Solar Energy requires reliable and cost effective Energy Storage Solutions to overcome current limitations and to operate as main power generation asset providing base load to its customers. Download Report
The Energy Potential of Water July 2015
Hydrogen, one of the most abundant elements on earth, is a powerful source of energy that could one day eliminate our reliance on fossil fuels. However, because it is only found in compound form, extracting it from water requires electrolysis, a highly energy intensive process with an environmental impact.
A more sustainable method of extracting hydrogen is photocatalytic water splitting, which relies on solar energy to split water into its constituent elements – hydrogen and oxygen. But even this route is limited in performance, mainly due to the poor absorption of visible light. In fact, most catalysts cannot absorb and utilize the visible range of sunlight, resulting in much less than 10 percent solar-to-fuel efficiency, which is the threshold for the cost effectiveness of photocatalytic technology. Moreover, the existing means of solar water splitting is about 10 times more expensive than the cost of hydrogen production from fossil fuels.
Smart Cities: Not just the sum of its parts 2015
Monitor Deloitte, Deloitte’s strategy consulting practice, expects that in 2015 and beyond, the number and value of smart city initiatives will expand substantially. The majority of new smart city projects globally will continue to be led by a few European cities. However, as new smart city projects continue to develop and are further tested and scaled up, other cities will adopt pre-tested solutions to drive smart cities growth. Much of the expansion will occur in North American and advanced East Asian cities, followed by cities in the GCC. Although industry estimates as to the market value of smart cities vary greatly, there is no doubt that the smart cities market will increase significantly over the next five years to be anywhere from over US$400 billion1 to over US$1.5 trillion2 by 2020.
Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index June 2015
With many countries in the Mediterranean basin continuing to suffer in the wake of the global financial crisis and the social and political unrest of the Arab Spring, the recent EY Strategic Growth Forum® (SGF) in Rome explored whether the region can use energy to secure its own future. Our feature outlines the key fi ndings of a panel discussion with some of the industry’s key players.
Clean Energy Map
Our comprehensive map of clean energy projects in the region