Webinar: renewable energy systems and synergies

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The REN Alliance partners invite you to join us for our free webinar on renewable energy systems working together.

To achieve the goal of a world supplied by 100 per cent renewable energy, it will be necessary to gain a clear understanding of how different renewable energy technologies can work together to provide reliable energy systems.

This webinar brings together five international renewable energy organisations - representing solar, wind, geothermal, hydropower and bioenergy - to provide illuminating case studies and examples of best practice.

Examples will be drawn from cities, regions and countries where various high-penetration combinations of renewable energy technologies are working together.

Listen to a recording of the webinar here (live for 24 hours after the event)

Register your participation for this free webinar here.

Find out what time the webinar is in your country here.

Five expert panellist speakers will present during the webinar:

Photograph of Stefan Gsänger

Stefan Gsänger has managed the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) since its foundation in 2001. Under his direction, WWEA has become the voice of the wind sector worldwide, with members in more than 100 countries, and attained Special Consultative Status at the UN.

Mr Gsänger is a member of the managing committee of the International Renewable Energy Alliance (REN Alliance), the executive committee of the Global100%RenewableEnergies campaign, and the international steering committee of the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21). He is also an adviser to governments and international organisations.

Mr Gsänger has co-chaired 14 World Wind Energy Conferences, and has been an invited speaker in 40 countries. He has published numerous articles, and is editor of the yearbook Wind Energy International, the WWEA Quarterly Bulletin and the Small Wind World Report.
In 2011, Mr Gsänger received the International Community Power Award from the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association.

Photograph of Heinz Kopetz

Heinz Kopetz graduated from the University of Life Sciences in Vienna, Austria and Iowa State University in the United States. He has been working for many years in the fields of agriculture, forestry and bioenergy. From 1974 to 2006 he was the director of the chamber of agriculture and forestry for Styria, Graz, Austria,

From 1977 to 2002, he was a member of the supervisory board of the Styrian public utility for electricity and heating. From 1997 to 2000, he was a member of the advisory committee for energy at the European Commission. From 2005 to 2010, he was a chairman of the European Biomass Association (AEBIOM) in Brussels. He has been the president of the World Bioenergy Association (WBA) since 2012.

Heinz Kopetz is the author of five books and has given lectures on bioenergy is many parts of the world.

Photograph of Tracy Lane

Tracy Lane is the hydropower development director at IHA. She leads our initiatives related to building and sharing knowledge in the areas of energy systems, climate change, risk and finance, regional cooperation and water resources management. She is also responsible for building partnerships and fostering collaboration with stakeholders engaged in these areas.

She has an MSc in Environmental Technology/Energy Policy from Imperial College London and an undergraduate degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University. She has previously worked in the areas of energy sector research, private sector development, international economic development and programme management.

Photograph of David Renné

David Renné is president of the International Solar Energy Society and associate editor of the Solar Energy Journal in the field of solar resource assessment. He is also the operating agent of the International Energy Agency Solar Heating and Cooling Programme Task 46, titled "Solar Resource Assessment and Forecasting".

From 1991-2012, he developed and managed programmess on renewable energy resource assessment and analysis, and worked on the integration of resource data into GIS at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). In his retirement, he holds an Emeritus position at NREL and provides support to both the public and private sector in planning and developing domestic and international renewable energy programs.

Photograph of Marietta Sander

Marietta Sander is the executive director of the International Geothermal Association (IGA). In this role, she manages the IGA headquarters, provides technical expertise on geothermal energy and networking opportunities to practitioners, international organisations, civil society and others.

Prior to her work for the IGA, she managed an international technical assistance project with a focus on promoting the use of geothermal energy in countries along the East African rift system. She is a certified Project Manager Renewable Energies and has extensive work experience in East and southern Africa, Latin America and South-East Asia.

Through her previous work in international development cooperation she has extensive experience in advising decision-makers, government representatives, scientists, industry representatives as well as civil society.

About the REN Alliance

The International Renewable Energy Alliance (REN Alliance) was formed during the Bonn 2004 International Renewable Energy Conference, and was established to advance policy and information on renewable energy by providing a combined voice for renewable energy technology and practice. The REN Alliance bridges the gap between policy and practice by building on the synergy of its partner organisations to achieve progress through their collective experience and knowledge. The partners comprise international organisations representing bioenergy, geothermal, solar, water and wind technologies. Find out more by visiting the REN Alliance website here.

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