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Renewables & Innovation in Technology, Business Models & Policy

Paris: 25 March 2014

Organiser: IEA

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The renewable energy (RE) sector is a critical player in the current energy revolution. Progress has been promising, with growth in RE power generation generally in line with what is needed to meet IEA low-emissions scenario targets. But a number of challenges need to be overcome to continue this promising trend. Innovation in technology, overall energy system design and integration, business models and opportunities, and regulatory frameworks, is the key to transforming these challenges into opportunities. This workshop aims at examining these opportunities across the whole RE value chain, and proposing recommendations on the conditions and actions needed to stimulate and catalyse the needed innovation. The workshop brings together senior decision makers from governments, technology providers, utilities and project developers.

Participants list
Workshop Summary

Hans Jørgen Koch, REWP Chairman
Maria van der Hoeven, IEA Executive Director

From Billions to Trillions – New Business and Financing Models
Moderator: Paolo Frankl, Introduction

Francesco Starace, Enel Green Power
Thierry Lepercq, Solairedirect
Mike Eckhart, Citigroup

The Next Wave of Technologies – How can they escape the valley of death?
Moderator: Cédric Philibert, IEA

Andreas Wagner, German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation
Angelo Moreno, IEA Hydrogen Implementing Agreement, ENEA Hydrogen & Fuel Cells
Nick Medic, RenewableUK

How can policy makers help create the right framework for innovation?
Moderator: Martin Schöpe, REWP Vice-Chair

Rémi Chabrillat, ADEME
Steve Lindenberg, USDoE
Mario Ragwitz, Fraunhofer Institute

Conclusions and Summary
Hans Jørgen Koch, REWP Chair, and Roberto Vigotti, REWP Vice-Chair and RIAB Coordinator