The Global Atlas for Renewable Energy
The Global Atlas for Renewable Energy is an initiative coordinated by 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. As of January, 2015, 67 countries and more than 50 institutes and partners were contributing to the initiative.
The Global Atlas facilitates a first screening of areas of opportunity where further assessments can be of particular relevance. It enables the user to overlay information listed in a catalog of more than 1,000 datasets, and to identify areas of interest for further prospection. IRENA is continuously adding information to the system.
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.