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Falling technology costs, mounting investments and renewable energy capacity additions outpacing nuclear and fossil energy are all signals that the global transition towards a renewable power sector is underway. To accelerate this growth, electricity systems worldwide must transition to frameworks that embrace new business models and promote the deployment of innovative technologies.

IRENA’s Innovation Week was a first-of-its-kind event gathering the industrial and political frontrunners to present, discuss and explore innovative solutions within this year’s theme – “The Age of Renewable Power”. The focus of discussions was on how technological innovations, operational innovation and systemic innovations in policy, regulation and business, interact and re-enforce each other contributing to power system transformation.

Outcome Report

IRENA Innovation Week Summary Report
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IRENA Innovation Week Conclusions
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Presentations

Innovations do not happen in a vacuum, but rather feed into one another. Technology innovations allow for innovations in business models and operational practices, whilst ambitious and innovative policies and regulation can trigger new technical and operational innovations.

The plenary session allow a platform for innovation leaders to share their expectations on innovative solutions for the power sector transformation. The sessions are designed to provide a holistic perspective on innovation, and examine how developments in policies, business models, regulation, operations, and technologies interact and can reinforce each other.

Plenary I : The Age of Renewable Power

The deepdive sessions are designed to allow policy makers and technical experts to discuss the latest developments on specific topics in interactive sessions. The deepdives are facilitated by technical experts through one or more partner organisations, and covers the latest developments, key players, opportunities and barriers, and expectations.

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Programme

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12:00

Site Visits

Bonn: Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur)

Cologne: German Aerospace Center (DLR)'s Storage Labs

Aachen: E.ON Energy Research Center

Julich: Julich Solar-Institut

09:00

Opening Session

Opening speach by IRENA
Mr. Adnan Z. Amin
Director General, IRENA

Opening speach by Host Country
Mr. Rainer Boake
State secretory, Federal Ministry of Economics Affairs and Energy

Q & A
Mr. Andreas Kramer

10:00

Plenary 1: The Age of Renewable Power

High-Level Panel

11:30

Coffee Break

12:00

Plenary II: Systemic Innovation

Plenary II: Systemic Innovation
  • Renewable Energy Policy
  • Market Design
  • Emerging Markets
  • Business Models
  • Financing

13:30

Lunch Break

14:30

Group Discussions I: Opportunities and Challenges

Group Discussions I: Opportunities and Challenges

16:30

Coffee Break

17:00

Plenary III: Reporting Back from Group Discussions

19:00

Evening Reception: KunstMuseum Bonn

09:00

Plenary IV: Technological Innovation

Plenary IV: Technological Innovation
  • Renewable Energy Grid Services
  • Smart Grids
  • 21st Century Grid
  • Energy Storage
  • Remote Control Systems

10:30

Coffee Break

11:00

Deepdive Sessions

13:00

Lunch Break

14:00

Deepdive Session

16:00

Coffee Break

16:30

Deepdive Session

19:00

Evening Reception

09:00

Plenary V : Operational Innovation

  • Control Options
  • "Big Data"
  • Consumer Engagement
  • Demand Response
  • Virtual Power Plants

10:30

Coffee Break

11:00

Group Discussions II: Solutions

13:00

Lunch Break

14:00

Plenary VI: Creating a Global Innovation Agenda

  • Reporting back from deepdive sessions
  • Mission Innovation
  • Breakthrough Coalition
  • CTCN

15:30

Coffee Break

16:00

Closing Session

Plenary VII: Reporting Back from Group Discussions

Closing Speech
Mr. Adnan Z. Amin
Director-General, IRENA