KAS - Emerging Technologies Applied to the Renewable Energy Sector

The project aims to identify a number of initiatives on the renewable energy sector that  uses emerging technologies to enhance its efficiency and scalability. Those initiatives should have relative  small size, in order to allow them to be replicated or adapted in other contexts, especially small localities/cities. For that, the project will act in three stages.

The first stage will be the development of a methodology that will allow us to measure the level of “replicability” that a given initiative would have. By that, we mean how adaptable to other contexts a given initiative is. Here we should include variables such as the amount of resources need, technology availability/necessity, level of infrastructure, necessity of specialized labor, regulatory issues, and obstacles to escalate from pilots, etc.

On the second stage, we will explore for those initiatives. Here we will conduct a broad research to identify and map as many as possible initiatives that use emerging technologies in the renewable energy sector. At this level, we will focus on a small number of countries, namely: Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico1. We expect to identify a diverse array of solutions that could be replicated/adapted. A possible side benefit from this effort is being able to develop a comprehensive view of the landscape of innovation applied to renewable energy sector in the region.

The third stage consists in the development of the project report. The major objective of the report is to present the initiatives selected in a detailed manner. It should allow other actors, especially in the public sector, from other localities to assess whether they are or not capable to replicate or adapt such initiatives in their own cities. The project works under the assumption that this report could make available some of the most advanced good practices to some smaller and/or isolated municipalities that generally do not have access to vanguard innovations.

This project is the result of a partnership with the Regional Programme Energy Security and Climate Change in Latin America (EKLA) from the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS).

Access the Report  here