SunBurst Blog

In regular "SunBursts", ISES President, Dr. David Renné, highlights key recent ISES activities through his own personal experiences and opinions. Blog articles include impressions from international conferences as well as observations of current projects and movements for the work towards a 100% renewable energy future.

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Earlier this month, at the invitation of Prof. Ali Sayigh, the Director-General of the World Renewable Energy Network (WREN), and of David Goodfield, Kuruvilla Mathew, and Martin Anda, the head of the Local Organizing Committee, I travelled to Perth, Australia to participate in the World Renewable Energy Conference XVI. The Conference was held on 5-9 February on the beautiful campus of Murdoch University, just outside of Perth in the coastal town of Fremantle, Western Australia. 

As we enter into this holiday season f it is important to reflect back on the key market and political trends of 2016, and also to look forward to what might be in store for the renewable energy industry in 2017.

I would like to wish all ISES members and partners a very happy and prosperous 2016. As we ring in the New Year it is appropriate to reflect back on some of the major events that made 2015 a truly a unique transformative year for ISES and for our path towards achieving a 100% renewable energy future.

The South Africa International Renewable Energy Conference was held in Cape Town on 4-7 October.  This was the sixth of a series of “IRECs” held every couple of years in different locations around the world (the inaugural IREC was held in Bonn, Germany in 2004, and since then there have been IREC’s in Washington, DC, Beijing, China, New Delhi, India, and Abu Dhabi, UAE). 

On 3 August U.S. President Barack Obama announced the Clean Power Plan for reducing carbon emissions from the U.S. power sector by 32% by the year 2030.  This much-anticipated announcement has been greeted very favorably by a large portion of the U.S. population, and by governments and stakeholders around the world, who welcome the world’s second largest carbon producer in taking aggressive action towards mitigating climate change....

Last week the Millennium Hotel in Boulder, Colorado hosted the third International Conference on Energy Meteorology (ICEM 2015), where over 200 atmospheric scientists, utility representatives, and renewable energy project developers convened to share the latest research relevant to the complex interactions of meteorology and utility grid operations. ISES was a supporter of this Conference, which was chaired by Dr. Alberto Troccoli of CSIRO (Australia)....

For two weeks the World Bank hosted a series of internal meetings on renewable energy as part of their “Energy Week” activities. I serve as a consultant to the World Bank’s Energy Services Management Assistance Program’s (ESMAP’s) Renewable Energy Resource Mapping Project, which gave me the opportunity to participate in several of the meetings covering topics on renewable energy....

In mid-March I had the opportunity to participate in the Karl Boer Solar Energy Medal of Merit award ceremony at the University of Delaware in the US. This is an official award of ISES financed by Karl and his wife Renate, and is awarded competitively every two years to a distinguished scientist or advocate of solar energy...

The ISES HQ Staff and the Board of Directors are pleased to announce the call for participation in the next ISES Solar World Congress, hosted by the Korean Solar Energy Society and to be held in Daegu, South Korea on 8-12 November 2015.

Learning About Solar Resources in the MENA Region - Solar Resource Assessment technical training workshop held at the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) ...

EuroSun 2014 promotes dialogue on 100% Renewable Energy - ISES Eurosun 2014, the International Conference on Solar Energy and Buildings, was held in Aix-les-Bains, France on 16-19 September. ...

ISES Participates in Student Energy Regional Event On 20 June 2014, at the invitation of Jorge Luis Hinojosa, the Chair of the Latin American Student Energy Summit (LASES), held at the Biblioteca Vasconcelos in Mexico City, I gave a keynote address ...

ISES Supports UN in Inaugural SE4ALL Forum - In marking United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moons Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Initiative, launched at Rio+20 two years ago, the first SE4ALL Forum was held at UN Headquarters in New York ...

Mexico Moves to Double RE Capacity by 2018 - At the recent Clean Energy Ministerial held in Seoul, South Korea, the Government of Mexico, under President Enrique Pena Nieto (PRI) announced aggressive new renewable energy targets of 35% total installed ...

World Bank holds Forum with Donors on the Future of Energy - Last week (4 March) I attended a Forum at World Bank Headquarters in Washington DC on the topic Rethinking the Future of Energy. The meeting was organized by the Banks Energy Sector ...


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