The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) recently launched the Global Atlas project in January, bringing robust tools and maps of renewable energy potential to your fingertips. OpenEI is also involved, acting as a portal to the IRENA global atlas.
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an intergovernmental organisation dedicated to renewable energy. In accordance with its Statute, IRENA’s objective is to “promote the widespread and increased adoption and the sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy” (Article II). This concerns all forms of energy produced from renewable sources in a sustainable manner, which include bioenergy, geothermal energy, hydropower, ocean, solar, and wind energy.
The aim of the platform is to give users a comprehensive look at global renewable energy resources so that informed decisions can be made about a cost-effective combination of technologies country-by-country, as well as whether a particular country has the market to make benefit from investments.
The IRENA global atlas accomplishes this by integrating all data one needed to make that informed decision. The global atlas integrates both physical data related to renewable technologies, as well as economic and policy information within their database. Other support data such as socio-economic data can be found in the portal.
IRENA makes their global atlas simple to use, and the widget can be easily embedded and shared.
If you’d like to contribute data to the project, you can do that as well.
Visit OpenEI to see the IRENA Global Atlas in action.