As I had anticipated in my previous posts, in the past days I took part in the 36th International Energy Workshop (IEW), which was held in College Park, Maryland, organized by the Joint Global Change Research Institute of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and University of Maryland (UMD). This is a lower-scale conference compared to the EAERE event, but being specifically focused on energy, it was not difficult at all for me to find very interesting presentations, often close to my research interests and my MERCURY project.
In addition to chair one session, I gave a presentation on the solar PV learning activity, that I had discussed in this older post. I had already shown most of the slides regarding this work in the overview presentation that I gave at FEEM in June, however for the IEW I added a couple of introductory slides in order to better frame the research topic.
You can find the presentation here.
Furthermore, I also took part in a side event organized during the conference by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The event was titled “Planning for the Renewable Future – Improving the representation of variable renewable energy in long-term modelling and tools”, which is the main topic of the first half of my MERCURY project. Actually, not only did I attend the event, but I actively participated in the debate following the speeches of the invited speakers. IRENA will release a report about this event in the next weeks, and I will dedicate a post to it.