Global Atlas initiative: Unleashing West Africa’s renewable energy potential: Reports on solar and wind opportunities

Jay Owen Green Prosperity, Earth Systems Science

Unleashing West Africa’s renewable energy potential: Reports on solar and wind opportunities

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) presents two reports demonstrating its ground-breaking renewable energy resource-assessment tool, concentrating on the region of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Together, these two reports from IRENA present the first concrete demonstration of the Global Atlas for Renewable Energy at regional level. In each case, set of maps was created, highlighting areas of opportunity for both grid-connected and off-grid power, based in one case on solar energy and in the other on wind energy. The innovative approach to presenting renewable resource potential was developed with an international consortium of institutes.

The results of this demonstration will be disseminated by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) through the Global Atlas and shared with the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE). The project outcomes will represent a contribution of the IRENA Global Atlas to the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) Architecture Implementation Pilot, sixth phase (AIP-6), as a presentation of geospatial data use in the promotion of renewable energy. The Global Atlas is a contribution to sustainable energy for All.

Data quality for the Global Renewable Energy Atlas – Solar and Wind (Concept paper)

This concept paper builds on the outcomes of the Solar and Wind Energy Resource Assessment programme (SWERA) funded by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the recommendations of the intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO), the definition of data quality established by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and the recommendations of data providers and end-users of the initial Global Atlas for Solar and Wind. Building on those precedents, this latest concept paper from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) puts forward a proposal to define a Data Quality Information Framework applicable to the datasets referenced by the Global Atlas.

Geothermal strategy for the Global Renewable Energy Atlas

IRENA’s strategy report explains the current spatial-data infrastructure of the Global Renewable Energy Atlas, the strategy for expanding this to cover geothermal energy, possible partnership structures, and the work plan foreseen for achieving the goal of a Global Atlas that includes a focus on geothermal energy.


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