The Global Atlas for Renewable Energy is an initiative coordinated by The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) , aimed at closing the gap between nations having access to the necessary datasets, expertise and financial support to evaluate their national renewable energy potential, and those countries lacking such elements.
Currently, the initiative includes maps on solar, wind, geothermal and bioenergy resources along with one marine energy map. The initiative will eventually encompass all renewable energy resources, providing global coverage through the first-ever Global Atlas for Renewable Energy.
The GIS interface enables users to visualize information on renewable energy resources, and to overlay additional information. These include, population density, topography, local infrastructure, land use and protected areas.
The aim is to enable users to identify areas of interest for further prospection. The GIS interface will progressively integrate software and tools that will allow advanced energy or economic calculations for assessing the technical and economic potential of renewable energy.
As of January, 2015, 67 countries and more than 50 institutes and partners were contributing to the initiative.
The Global Atlas for Renewable Energy is the largest international initiative ever in renewable energy potentials. Visit: http://www.irena.org/GlobalAtlas
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is an intergovernmental organisation that supports countries in their transition to a sustainable energy future, and serves as the principal platform for international cooperation, a centre of excellence, and a repository of policy, technology, resource and financial knowledge on renewable energy.
IRENA promotes the widespread adoption and sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy, including bioenergy, geothermal, hydropower, ocean, solar and wind energy in the pursuit of sustainable development, energy access, energy security and low-carbon economic growth and prosperity.
On the 29 June 2009 the city of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates was designated as the interim seat of the Agency. At the First Session of the IRENA Assembly in April 2011 Abu Dhabi was announced as the permanent seat of IRENA, making it the first intergovernmental organisation to be headquartered in the Middle East.
The Agency also has an Innovation and Technology Centre based in Bonn, Germany, and is establishing a presence in New York, United States of America.
While IRENA’s permanent headquarters are being built in Masdar City, a cluster of public and private institutions dedicated to the development of sustainable energy on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, the Agency’s offices are currently located in Khalidiya, Abu Dhabi.
Further information on the future headquarters of IRENA is available here.
The Statute of IRENA stipulates that membership in the Agency is open to those States that are members of the United Nations and to regional intergovernmental economic integration organisations, willing and able to act in accordance with the objectives and activities laid down in the Statute.
Currently, March 2015, IRENA has 140 Members and 32 States have started the formal process of becoming Members