Renewable Energy

Course content

Participants will investigate state-of-the-art renewable energy technologies, assessing their cost-effectiveness and possibility for large-scale deployment. The training explores specific issues relating to policy objectives and implementation pathways and milestones.

Training is available in two areas – Markets, Policy & Technologies and Grid Integration of Variable Renewables – covering the following issues:

Markets, Policy &  Technologies:

    • Overview of renewables markets and economics
        • Latest technology developments
        • Recent market trends
        • Cost comparison with conventional energy technologies
    • Review of renewables policies around  the world – effectiveness, cost-efficiency, scope for improvement and wider implementation
    • Deployment opportunities and challenges
      • IEA’s scenarios in World Energy  Outlook and Energy Technology  Perspectives
      • Implications for energy security and climate change mitigation
      • Overview of grid integration issues focusing on wind and solar
    • IEA renewables technology roadmaps
      • Wind, solar PV, concentrated solar power, geothermal, liquid biofuels, biomass for heat & power
      • Potential deployment and key milestones to 2050

Grid  Integration of Variable Renewables:

    • Introduction to grid integration  challenges
    • Managing variability on the grid - the  nature of variability; the 36-hour timescale; defining the extent of  variability and unpredictability
    • Opportunities through the four flexible  components - supply, demand, storage, interconnection
    • Fundamental features of power systems  affecting the extent of integration and specific country context
    • Operational and market features of  power systems affecting the extent of integration
    • Using the FAST tool and interpreting  FAST results
    • Integration costs – system balancing costs,  system adequacy (capacity value) and transmission roll-out

Why is this topic important?

By 2050 nearly 50% of global electricity could come from renewable energy sources. Aware of their future importance, IEA member countries and many others have made renewables a priority. In many countries large-scale deployment of proven renewables solutions has started while technological innovation continues. A sizeable renewables portfolio could contribute to a country’s energy security, emissions reduction and access to energy. Still, serious hurdles remain concerning the financing, affordability, and grid integration of renewables.

IEA’s credentials – why learn from us?

The IEA is recognised for its work in the area of renewable energy technologies and produces in-depth studies that inform the global dialogue and influence developments. The Agency takes a holistic approach to assessing renewables in the context of the global energy system. A particular focus is given to system-integration issues, such as grid integration of variable renewables. Regularly, the IEA reviews in detail the renewables policies of its 29 member countries and is currently expanding its analytical work in selected non-member countries. The IEA also drives the international information exchange through its well-established Renewable Energy Working Party and Technology Collaboration network.

Who will benefit from this module?

This module is targeted at:

  • Government officials involved in renewable energy and climate policies
  • Renewables regulators, utilities and other key stakeholders
  • Financiers and investors interested in renewables markets

What will participants gain?

Course participants will receive an up-to-date and comprehensive overview on renewable energy, covering technological and economic aspects, recent market trends and projections, policy best practice, and system integration issues and solutions to overcome them. After attending the course, participants will be able to make informed choices on energy and climate policy and to structure strategies for accelerating the deployment of renewables in their country in a cost-efficient way.

Module structure

Training Formats

Module Length

Group Size

  • Lectures, presentations and interactive discussions

  • Case Studies

  • Site Visits

Markets, Policy & Technologies module: 2 days

Grid Integration of Variable Renewables module: 1 day

20 people

10 people