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REN21’s Renewables Global Status Report provides a comprehensive and timely overview of renewable energy market, industry, investment, and policy developments worldwide. It enables policymakers, industry, investors, and civil society to make informed decisions.

The report covers recent developments, current status, and key trends; by design, it does not provide analysis or forecast.

The Renewables Global Status Report relies on up-to-date renewable energy data, provided by an international network of more than 500 contributors, researchers, and authors.

 

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Geothermal exploration best practices: a guide to resource data collection, analysis, and presentation for geothermal projects
Geothermal exploration best practices: a guide to resource data collection, analysis, and presentation for geothermal projects

1st February 2014

Organisation(s): International Finance Corporation (IFC), International Geothermal Association

Topic(s): Geothermal energy, Project financing, Renewables

Exploration best practices for any natural resource commodity should aim to reduce the resource risk prior to significant capital investment, for a fraction of the cost of the planned investment. For geothermal energy, the high risks cost of proving the resource is one of the key barriers facing the industry. This guide lays out best practices for geothermal exploration to assist geothermal developers and their contractors to address these risks in a cost-sensitive manner, raising project quality. Companies that can demonstrate that their project has followed such best practices will find it easier to access finance. In the same way, this guide will be of use to financers of geothermal projects, assisting the assessment of projects to ensure project risks have been addressed.

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Strategic research and innovation agenda for renewable heating & cooling
Strategic research and innovation agenda for renewable heating & cooling

1st March 2013

Organisation(s): European Union, The European Technology Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling

Topic(s): Biofuels / Bioenergy, Geothermal energy, Renewables, Solar energy

The European Technology Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling produced this document to address the short, medium and longer term research and development needs in the field of renewable heating and cooling technologies. The authors identify research priorities for biomass, geothermal, solar thermal and cross cutting technologies. This document sets out the likely directions of technological and organisational changes that will need to be converted into specific research activities over the next years. Furthermore, it aims to facilitate the coordination of other research programmes in and between member states. 

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This handbook provides statistics and information - presented in tables and graphs - to describe the state of renewable energy technologies, capacity and growth, in the United States.

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The Renewables Global Status Report provides a comprehensive and timely overview of renewable energy market, industry, investment, and policy developments worldwide. It relies on the most recent data available, provided by a network of more than 500 contributors and researchers from around the world, all of which is brought together by a multi-disciplinary authoring team. The report covers recent developments, current status, and key trends; by design, it does not provide analysis or forecasts.

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U.S. renewable energy technical potentials: a GIS-based analysis
U.S. renewable energy technical potentials: a GIS-based analysis

1st July 2012

Organisation(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Topic(s): Engineering and project delivery, Geothermal energy, Hydroelectricity, Renewables, Solar energy, Wind energy

This report describes National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s methodology and assumptions for estimating the technical potential of six different renewable energy technologies, and then briefly describes the resulting estimates. The results discussion includes state-level maps and tables containing available land area (square kilometers), installed capacity (gigawatts), and electric generation (gigawatt-hours) for each technology. Methods and results for several other renewable technologies from previously published reports are also presented.

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Renewable electricity futures study. Volume 2: renewable electricity generation and storage technologies
Renewable electricity futures study. Volume 2: renewable electricity generation and storage technologies

1st June 2012

Organisation(s): National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Topic(s): Biofuels / Bioenergy, Geothermal energy, Hydroelectricity, Marine energy, Renewables, Solar energy, Wind energy

The Renewable Electricity Futures Study (RE Futures) is an initial investigation of the extent to which renewable energy supply can meet the electricity demands of the contiguous United States over the next several decades. This volume - Volume 2 - describes the renewable generation and storage technologies included in the study. Each technology is introduced, followed by estimates of resource availability, a characterisation of the technology, a list of output characteristics and grid service possibilities, a description of deployment, and a discussion of barriers and issues.

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Renewable energy markets and policy frameworks have evolved rapidly in recent years. This report provides a comprehensive and timely overview of renewable energy market, industry, investment, and policy developments worldwide. It relies on the most recent data available, provided by a network of more than 400 contributors and researchers from around the world, all of which is brought together by a multi-disciplinary authoring team. The report covers recent developments, current status, and key trends; by design, it does not provide analysis or forecast the future.

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Review of the generation costs and deployment potential of renewable electricity technologies in the UK
Review of the generation costs and deployment potential of renewable electricity technologies in the UK

1st October 2011

Organisation(s): Arup, Department of Energy and Climate Change, UK Government

Topic(s): Biofuels / Bioenergy, Economics, Fuel switching, Geothermal energy, Hydroelectricity, Marine energy, Renewables, Solar energy, Wind energy

Arup was appointed by the United Kingdom’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) in October 2010 to look at the deployment potential and generation costs of renewable electricity technologies in the UK up to 2030, taking into account sensitivities as to the range of cost inputs, investor behaviour and barriers to deployment. Arup was supported on cost data gathering exercises for some technologies by Ernst and Young (E&Y).

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Changes in renewable energy markets, investments, industries, and policies have been so rapid in recent years that perceptions of the status of renewable energy can lag years behind the reality. This report captures that reality and provides a unique overview of renewable energy worldwide as of early 2010. The report covers both current status and key trends. By design, the report does not provide analysis, discuss current issues, or forecast the future.

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Geothermal energy and storage
Geothermal energy and storage

3rd August 2010

Organisation(s): IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme (IEAGHG)

Topic(s): Carbon capture, CO2 storage, Geothermal energy, Renewables, Use and storage (CCUS)

The aim of the report is to establish what the possible conflicts and synergies are between the geological storage of carbon dioxide and geothermal energy.

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Geothermal electricity and combined heat & power
Geothermal electricity and combined heat & power

1st November 2009

Organisation(s): European Geothermal Energy Council

Topic(s): Geothermal energy, Renewables

Geothermal energy is the heat from the Earth, or, more precisely, that part of the Earth’s heat that can be recovered and exploited by man. This paper discusses a range of geothermal plants, a brief history of geothermal electricity and an overview of geothermal electricity in Europe.

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