The Climate Report 2017/18 - Page 29

them expecting at least a doubling of renewable energy to 40%. European experts were the most
optimistic, 90% of whom estimated a renewable energy share of 60% or greater. While there appears to be no expert consensus on the role renewables will play come 2050, the majority of experts
agreed that 100% renewable energy by 2050 would be both feasible and realistic. Source: REN21.
2017 Renewables Global Futures Report: Great debates towards 100% renewable energy
Solar energy - stronger and stronger
Solar energy in the form of solar PV, solar
heating and cooling and concentrated solar
power, is growing year by year and becoming
an economically competitive option for meeting energy needs in many parts of the world.
By the end of 2015, the Solar PV market had
a world total capacity of 227 Gigawatts (GW).
The largest addition of solar PV capacity was
seen in China (30%), Japan (22%) and the United States (15%). Given these growth rates,
total global capacity by the end of 2016 is
expected to be over 300 GW.
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the end of 2015. Markets are balanced between parabolic trough technology and tower
technologies. New projects were reported
to be under construction in early 2016, and
several new plants are expected to enter operation this year (2017). Source REN21, 2016,
Renewables 2016 Global Status Report, Paris,
REN21 Secretariat
By early 2016, at least 120 solar PV plants of
50MW and larger were operating in at least
23 countries. Global capacity of solar thermal
technology continues to rise, with total global
capacity of 435 GW thermal in 2015. China,
Turkey and Brazil were the top 3 countries for
new installations in 2015.
Global operating capacity for concentrating
solar power (CSP) reached nearly 4.8 GW at
Innovation towards the 100%
renewable energy transformation
The International Solar Energy Society, ISES, and the International Energy Agency’s Solar Heating
and Cooling Programme, IEA SHC, are very pleased to announce that their next international
conferences, the ISES Solar World Congress 2017 (SWC 2017) and the Solar Heating and Cooling
for Buildings and Industry Conference (SHC 2017) will be held together. Both events will take
place at the Jumeirah Hotel at Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) from
29 October to 02 November 2017 and will be hosted by Masdar Institute of Science and Technology. To date ISES has received over 550 abstract submissions for participation at the event.
For more information, please visit
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