Enabling Technologies: Key role in increasing renewable energy uptake? (Webinar)

15 June 2017

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PresentationIntroduction to the webinar and panelists

Presentation—Ana Adib: REN21 Renewables 2017 Global Status Report

Presentation—Ilya Chernyakhovskiy: Integration of Variable RE: Enabling Technologies

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Most power sector growth has occurred among variable renewable energy technologies—wind power and solar photovoltaics—raising concerns about potential challenges of integrating large shares of variable power into existing power systems. Against this backdrop, certain enabling technologies can serve two synergistic purposes: creating new conduits for renewable energy to reach all end-use sectors, and facilitating the successful integration of ever-growing shares of variable renewable electricity generation. Participants in this webinar presented REN21’s recently released Renewable 2017 Global Status Report and discussed current developments in various energy technologies, infrastructure, markets and institutional frameworks that can advance and facilitate expanded deployment of renewable energy.

  • Rana Adib, Research Coordinator, REN21
  • Ilya Chernyakhovskiy, Energy Analyst, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Presentations were followed by an interactive question and answer session with the audience.

About the GSR

REN21 logoREN21’s Renewables Global Status Report (GSR), first released in 2005, provides a comprehensive and timely overview of renewable energy market, industry, investment and policy developments worldwide. The report is a true collaborative effort of authors, REN21 Secretariat staff and Steering Committee members, regional research partners, and includes the input of over 800 individual contributors and reviewers. The GSR has become the most frequently referenced report on renewable energy business and policy, serving a wide range of audiences.


Ms. Rana AdibMs. Rana Adib, Research Coordinator, Renewable Energy Policy Network Of The 21st Century (REN21)

Since 2009, Ms. Adib has been is the Research Coordinator at REN21. Key among her responsibilities is the annual production of REN21’s highly referenced Renewables Global Status Report. Prior to REN 21 Rana worked for over 10 years in private industry and applied research in the area of renewable energy, energy access, and waste management. She was also responsible for coordinating the biogas-to-energy research programme of Veolia Environment. Rana holds a Master Degree in industrial engineering from the University of Wedel in Germany.

Ilya ChernyakhovskiyIlya Chernyakhovskiy, Energy Analyst, Strategic Energy Analysis Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Mr. Chernyakhovskiy is the co-author of the GreeningtheGrid.org toolkit, and he serves as the lead for NREL’s Scaling Renewable Energy in Central Asia project under US Agency for International Development’s Power the Future initiative. He also supports various capacity building and technical assistance activities in the Asia region under the Low Emission Development Strategies Global Partnership (LEDS GP). Prior to joining NREL, Mr. Chernyakhovskiy was involved in economic development research at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia. He holds a M.Sc. in Natural Resource Economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.