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Country and Regional Projects in Asia

In developing Asian countries and regions, NREL supports initiatives for deploying renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable transportation, and advanced grid management technologies and systems.

Afghanistan

We developed wind and solar resource maps and data products for Afghanistan using data output in geographic information system (GIS) formats. The data can be examined using resource data in a geospatial context along with other key information relevant to renewable energy development, such as transportation networks, transmission corridors, existing power facilities, load centers, terrain conditions, and land use.

View RE Data Explorer Afghanistan map.

Bangladesh

A USAID-NREL study, Assessing the Wind Power Potential in Bangladesh, uses improved wind resource data sets to determine the feasibility of using wind power as a renewable energy resource in Bangladesh.

View RE Data Explorer Bangladesh map.

Bhutan

We developed wind and solar resource maps and data products for Bhutan using data output in GIS formats. The data can be examined using resource data in a geospatial context along with other key information relevant to renewable energy development, such as transportation networks, transmission corridors, existing power facilities, load centers, terrain conditions, and land use.

China

NREL conducts technical cooperation with China on analysis and testing of advanced energy technologies and systems, with a particular focus on power systems and grid management technologies.

India

We team with partners in India on renewable energy grid integration studies and regional and national power system transformation road maps, power system regulatory and grid management engineering assistance. NREL also works on biofuels, solar, wind, and building efficiency projects with partners in India. We've also partnered with India on renewable energy resource assessments and GIS tools. The data can be examined using resource data in a geospatial context along with other key information relevant to renewable energy development, such as transportation networks, transmission corridors, existing power facilities, load centers, terrain conditions, and land use.

View RE Data Explorer India map.

Indonesia

We're developing a cooperative effort with Indonesia to provide analytic and technical support on renewable energy grid integration and power system transformation. In support of the Millennium Challenge Corporation's Compact with the Indonesian government, NREL identified renewable energy investment opportunities in selected Indonesian provinces. NREL also supported activities related to the U.S. Agency for International Development's Enhancing Capacity for Low Emission Development Strategies (EC-LEDS) program, aiming to strengthen Indonesian capacity to design and implement low-carbon development strategies.

View RE Data Explorer Southeast Asia map.

Kazakhstan

We work with institutional and private sector representatives from energy and policy sectors in Kazakhstan to provide interactive sessions on energy technology, energy-investment financing, policy development, renewable energy resource assessment, integration of diverse energy sources, systems modeling, and business models for energy services. Current work is focused especially on renewable energy grid integration modeling and technical support.

View RE Data Explorer Central Asia map.

Pacific Islands

We work with the U.S. Department of the Interior to support the islands of Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Marianas Islands in their efforts to deploy energy efficiency and renewable energy. We're also partnering with the State Department to assist several Pacific Island nations with analyzing opportunities and providing technical support for scaling up renewable energy deployment. We're also working with Tonga to develop a master energy efficiency plan and to provide training on its implementation.

Pakistan

We developed wind and solar resource maps and data products for Pakistan using data output in GIS formats. The data can be examined using resource data in a geospatial context along with other key information relevant to renewable energy development, such as transportation networks, transmission corridors, existing power facilities, load centers, terrain conditions, and land use.

View RE Data Explorer Pakistan map.

Philippines

We've partnered with the Philippines to apply modern approaches to update previous estimates to support the development of wind energy potential in the Philippines. The new assessment includes more economically viable wind potential closer to loads and infrastructure to promote wind development in the region by providing wind resource information that informs and attracts renewable investors and developers to the region.

We're also partnering with the Philippines on the Renewable Energy (RE) Data Explorer to provide renewable energy data, analytical tools, and technical assistance to developers, policymakers, and decision makers in the Philippines and developing countries. The RE Data Explorer performs visualization analysis of renewable energy potential under user-defined scenarios and can inform prospecting, integrated planning, and policymaking to accelerate renewable energy deployment.

Additionally, we're providing assistance to the Philippines on policies and measures to enable corporate and industrial park procurement and use of renewable energy. Past assistance focused on transportation and alternative fuel analysis; renewable energy resource assessment and visualization; and, technical and policy barriers to integrating renewables on the national grid.

View RE Data Explorer Southeast Asia map.

Also see Greening the Grid: Solar and Wind Grid Integration Study for the Luzon-Visayas System of the Philippines.

Vietnam

We're partnering with lead ministries in the Government of Vietnam, the electric utility, and private sector firms and investors, on renewable energy policies, grid integration studies and grid management improvements, direct power purchase agreements, and investment mobilization. Past support included resource assessment, visualization, and related analysis; tools to assess the development benefits of alternative low emission and climate resilient strategies; and methods for integrating the unique considerations associated with variable renewable energy into power sector planning.

View RE Data Explorer Southeast Asia map.

Regional Support

We provide regional support to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states, with a particular focus on the countries of the Lower Mekong sub-region (Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam).

Recent activities have focused on renewable energy resource data identification, visualization, and analysis (ASEAN member states); analysis of the impacts of increased deployment of distributed solar on utility revenues (Thailand), and energy alternatives analysis (Laos).

View RE Data Explorer Southeast Asia map.

We also provide technical and financial support for several regional programs of the Asia Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS) Partnership, including communities of practice and technical collaboration across countries on renewable energy grid integration and enabling policies, on renewable energy financing strategies and instruments, on coordinated national and sub-national LEDS action, and on sustainable transport solutions. These activities engage over 600 practitioners across Asian countries.

NREL assessed what challenges and opportunities might arise from increased cross-border electricity trade in the South Asia region, inclusive of Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh, and Nepal. See South Asia Cross-Border Electricity Trade and Cooperation Study.