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Welcome to the OPEN Energy Technology Bulletin, which comes to you free of charge from the International Energy Agency (IEA) and its Committee on Energy Research and Technology. It brings regular updates on activities within the IEA's energy technology and R&D community that are contributing to energy security and protection of the environment and climate worldwide.

1. Hydrogen: In Pursuit of the Future - 25 Years of IEA Research Towards the Realisation of Hydrogen Energy Systems

2. New international windpower R&D collaboration - optimising offshore sites, exploiting synergies with hydropower

3. CO2 capture - what future role in the electricity sector?

4. IEA district heating and cooling programme - Call for project proposals

-Free non-member access to Energy Technology Data Exchange
-Emissions trading and the coal industry
-Legal aspects of storing carbon dioxide
-Cooling buildings in a warming climate

-Emissions monitoring
-Energy-greedy set-top boxes
-Energy systems in homes
-Biomass and agriculture
-Marketing clean energy technologies

Forthcoming:
- IEA World Energy Outlook 2004
- District heating in transition economies

- Hydrogen and fuel cells R&D
- Prospects for CO2 capture and storage
. Conference Advances in Technology and Instrumentation to Guarantee the Reduction of GHG in Different Sectors, Lisbon (Portugal), 6 October 2004

. International Conference for Enhanced Buildings Operation (ICEBO), Paris (France), 18-19 October 2004.

. CTI Workshop on Energy Efficiency for Asian Countries, Yokkaichi City (Japan), 18-27 October 2004.

. 2nd CTI Joint Seminar on Technology Diffusion in Central and Eastern Europe and the CIS, Vienna (Austria), 28-29 October 2004.

. IEA Workshop on Electricity Transmission and Distribution Technology and R&D, IEA Headquarters, Paris (France), 4-5 November 2004.

. Second International Conference on Clean Coal Technologies for our Future, Castiadas, Sardinia (Italy), 10-12 May 2005.

. Global Advances in Heat Pump Technology Applications, and Markets - 8th IEA Heat Pump Conference, 2005, Las Vegas (United States), 30 May-2 June 2005.

. Fourth International Symposium on Non-CO2 Greenhouse Gases (NCGG-4) Science, Control, Policy and Implementation, Utrecht (The Netherlands), 4-6 July 2005.

. 2005 International Conference on Coal Science and Technology (ICCS&T), Naha, Okinawa (Japan), 9-13 October 2005.


US University Professor Receives IEA Solar Award

1. Hydrogen: In Pursuit of the Future - 25 Years of IEA Research Towards the Realisation of Hydrogen Energy Systems. In this timely downloadable publication, the IEA's Hydrogen Implementing Agreement (HIA) looks towards the future, as well as reviewing its international collaborative R&D activities and results since 1977. The HIA chronicles its significant contributions over the years to advances in hydrogen science and technology. In so doing, it provides a wealth of information on multiple aspects of hydrogen's advances and potential: production, notably from solar sources; storage; conversion; integrated systems; marketing and safety. As demonstrated by the programme's fast growing membership, the hydrogen energy proposition is clearly increasingly attractive. The IEA HIA is one of some 40 collaborative programmes within the IEA's structure for International Energy Technology Co-operation. In Pursuit of the Future can be downloaded free of charge. See the flyer, the press release and consult the HIA's main Website.
Note also that IEA's Secretariat will shortly publish Hydrogen and Fuel Cells - Review of National R&D Programs - see flyer.

2. New international windpower R&D collaboration - optimising offshore sites, exploiting synergies with hydropower. Addressing two high-profile windpower issues, these new projects have been established within the IEA's Implementing Agreement for Co-operation in the Research, Development and Deployment of Wind Energy Systems. Since 1977, this IEA collaborative programme has been contributing to the development of wind energy technology by sponsoring research and providing a forum for discussion of R&D issues. Its international teams generate high-quality information and analysis on windpower technology through their work on development, but also on deployment, its benefits, markets and policy instruments. The programme is part of the IEA's structure for International Energy Technology Co-operation. Access project details: Offshore Wind Energy Technology Deployment; Integration of Wind and Hydropower Systems. Visit this IEA programme's Website for its Strategic Plan, Annual Reports and information on its wide range of activities, or "Annexes".

3. CO2 capture - what future role in the electricity sector? CO2 capture and storage technology (CCS technology) is increasingly seen as a promising path towards low-emissions power generation. The IEA's Energy Technology Perspectives (ETP) model has adopted a bottom-up approach in order to add some figures to the analysis. It focuses on 15 world regions and takes account of very numerous factors that would enable the technology to come fully into play, including a policy that translates into a CO2 penalty of US$ 50 per ton. ETP projects that fossil fuelled power plants with CO2 capture could represent up to 17% of global electricity production by 2030. These findings are set out in an IEA paper presented at the Seventh International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies (GHGT-7) in Vancouver (Canada), 5-9 September 2004. GHGT-7 was co-organised by the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme. Click here to consult the IEA's CCS paper.

4. IEA district heating and cooling programme - Call for project proposals. District heating and cooling (DHC) is a highly flexible technology that scores high on energy-saving while reducing greenhouse-gas emissions and environmental pollution. The IEA's collaborative R&D programme, the Implementing Agreement on DHC including combined heat and power, is calling for project proposals for a work programme extension for the period May 2005 to May 2008. This eighth phase would address: DHC System Optimisation; District Cooling; Economy of Distribution Technologies; Small-scale DHC/CHP Systems; Thermal Storage; Effect of Liberalisation, Institutional Issues; Environmental Aspects; and Future Trends in the Built Environment. The expected budget is some US$ 1 million, covering six to ten projects. Proposals not exceeding ten pages should be sent before 30 September 2004. For details please refer to http://www.iea-dhc.org/ and contact national representatives or contact the Executive Committee Chair. This DHC programme is one of some 40 programmes within IEA's structure for International Energy Technology Co-operation.

. The Impact of Emissions Trading on the Coal Industry , John Kessels, Wayne Hennessy, CRL Energy Ltd., New Zealand. This and other reports can be downloaded free via the "Publications" button on the website of the IEA Clean Coal Centre, one of IEA's international collaborative energy technology programmes.

. Presentations from IEA/CSLF Joint Workshop on Legal Aspects of Storing Carbon Dioxide , IEA Headquarters, Paris (France), 12-13 July 2004. Organised by the IEA Working Party on Fossil Fuels and the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum, this workshop examined legal issues surrounding CCS in both domestic and international law. An outcomes paper will be published by IEA shortly. Click for the presentations.

. Presentations from Cooling Buildings in a Warming Climate - A Future Buildings Forum, Sophia Antipolis (France), 21-22 June 2004. Click here to consult the presentations from this event, co-hosted by ADEME and the International Energy Agency.

. Presentations and papers from the 6th International Conference on Emission Monitoring (CEM), Milan (Italy), 9-11 June 2004.

. Outcomes from the International Workshop on Saving Energy in Set-Top Boxes , IEA Headquarters, Paris (France), 27-28 May 2004. The outcomes paper and presentations are available on the IEA Website.

. Proceedings of the Seminar New Energy Systems for Domestic Dwellings , Glasgow (UK), 4 May 2004. More than 100 participants gathered at the University of Strathclyde for this event, focusing on alternative energy sources for heating and cooling domestic buildings, on the status of technology and the attitude of the utilities to micro-generation. IEA's Energy Conservation in Buildings and Community Systems Programme (Annex 42) was associated with the organisation of this seminar.

. Proceedings of OECD Workshop on Biomass and Agriculture , Vienna (Austria), 10-13 June 2003. These proceedings can be downloaded free of charge or purchased in a paper copy through the OECD's Website. IEA was involved in planning the workshop and contributed a paper giving a foretaste of its subsequently published Biofuels for Transport - An International Perspective.

. Free access for non-IEA countries to Energy Technology Date Exchange (ETDE). Close to 40 developing countries now have free access to the IEA Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDE) database. By registering in ETDEWEB, these countries can leverage ETDE's immense store of knowledge to pursue energy policies and technologies that can raise living standards, meet environmental challenges and hasten the pace of technological and commercial development. They can also input information. Click here to learn more, access the list of countries and consult the Website.

. Non-members can now input entries to the IEA CADDET InfoStore of project case studies and to the IEA GREENTIE Directory of companies. CADDET (Centre for the Analysis and Dissemination of Demonstrated Energy Technologies) is an international information network informing managers, engineers, architects and other decision makers about renewable energy and energy-saving technologies that have worked in other countries. GREENTIE is an international Directory of suppliers whose technologies and services help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These two EETIC programmes belong to the IEA structure for International Energy Technology Co-operation. To learn more about information input to CADDET and GREENTIE, e-mail EETIC.


Forthcoming publications:

. IEA World Energy Outlook 2004. To be released 26 October 2004.
. Coming in from the Cold: Improving District Heating Policy in Transition Economies. To be released 28 September 2004.
. Hydrogen and Fuel Cells - Review of National R&D Programs. Due out in December 2004.
. Prospects for CO2 Capture and Storage. Due out in December 2004.

Reminder: two calendar years after publication, pdf versions of many of IEA's publications are downloadable free of charge.

. Conference Advances in Technology and Instrumentation to Guarantee the Reduction of GHG in Different Sectors, Lisbon (Portugal), 6 October 2004. Information sharing tends to be facilitated through national and international networks of governments, research institutes, universities, academic research institutions, industry associations, economic groups and environmental non-governmental organizations. Organised by the IEA's End-Use Working Party, this one-day conference will up-date participants on advances in technologies for reducing emissions from using energy in buildings, transport and industry. Consult the flyer. For more information, contact Dulce Boavida at INETI.

. International Conference for Enhanced Buildings Operation (ICEBO 2004), Paris (France), 18-19 October 2004. Co-organised by Annex 40 of the IEA's Energy Conservation in Buildings and Community Systems Programme, this conference will bring together all those interested in continuous improvement of existing building energy usage: engineers, energy managers, state energy agencies, industrial companies, contractors and scientists. Consult the ICEBO 2004 Website.

. CTI Workshop on Energy Efficiency for Asian Countries , Yokkaichi City (Japan), 18-27 October 2004. Organised under the auspices of the Climate Technology Initiative (CTI), an IEA international collaborative programme, this workshop will discuss international efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while targeting sustainable development through commitment to more efficient use of energy. Information on lessons learned from experiences in Japan will be conveyed through site visits to local enterprises and presentations by resource persons from various specialised agencies. See Website of host organisation, ICETT. For further information, contact Taiki Kuroda or CTI.

. 2nd CTI Joint Seminar on Technology Diffusion in Central and Eastern Europe and the CIS , Vienna (Austria), 28-29 October 2004. Organised jointly by the Climate Technology Initiative (CTI), an IEA international collaborative programme, and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), this workshop will focus on energy efficiency in the context of the Climate Convention. It is expected to draw participants from the public sector (negotiators and Joint Implementation/green investment bodies), from the private sector (industry and financial sectors), and from international organizations (UNFCCC, IEA, UNIDO, World Bank, EBRD and UNDP). Consult websites of CTI and UNIDO. Contact: Taiki Kuroda.

. IEA Workshop on Electricity Transmission and Distribution Technology and R&D , IEA Headquarters, Paris (France), 4-5 November 2004. Organised by IEA's Secretariat, this workshop for technology developers, system operators, policy-makers and other interested parties will review new challenges facing power networks, identify possible technological responses to these challenges and outline priorities for technology development. Consult IEA’s Website.

. Second International Conference on Clean Coal Technologies for our Future , Castiadas, Sardinia (Italy), 10-12 May 2005. Co-organised by the IEA Clean Coal Centre, this event will review the current major issues against the backdrop of fast changing coal markets. Click to learn more.

. Global Advances in Heat Pump Technology, Applications, and Markets - 8th IEA Heat Pump Conference, Las Vegas (United States), 30 May-2 June 2005. Organised under the auspices of the IEA Heat Pump Program, this conference will focus on: heat pump technologies, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment, and systems for residential, commercial, industrial and district heating/cooling applications. On the agenda will be current technology and market status, progress and trends. For the call for papers and further information, click here.

. Fourth International Symposium on Non-CO2 Greenhouse Gases (NCGG-4) Science, Control, Policy and Implementation, Utrecht (The Netherlands), 4-6 July 2005. Organised in co-operation with the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme, this event will address the role of non-CO2 greenhouse gases in human-induced climate change.

. 2005 International Conference on Coal Science and Technology (ICCS&T), Naha, Okinawa (Japan), 9-13 October 2005. For more information, contact Dr. O Yamada of Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), the sponsor organisation for the conference. The IEA Clean Coal Centre will also play an organisational role.

US University Professor Receives IEA Solar Award. This year's IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme's Solar Award has been presented to Professor William Beckman, Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin (United States). See press release and IEA programme's Website.



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