IEA Energy Technology Collaboration Programme
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.
. International Seminar on Energy and the Forest
Rome (Italy), 30-31 October 2006.
. IEA/CIAB Workshop Coal-to-Liquids - an alternative oil
supply?, IEA Headquarters, Paris (France), 2 November 2006.
. Standby Power Conference Time for Global Action, Canberra
(Australia), 6-7 November 2006.
. Steel Committee (OECD/IEA/IISI): Climate Change Policy
and Steel - Paris (France), 7-8 November 2006.
. International Workshop on Solar Photovoltaic Electricity A Wealth of Investment Opportunities
Under the Sun - Zurich (Switzerland), 14 November 2006.
. 27th Annual Conference of the Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre (AIVC), Lyon (France),
20-22 November 2006.
. Workshop Energy Efficiency in Buildings: Meeting the G8 Gleneagles
Challenge, Paris (France), 27-28 November 2006.
. Third International Conference on Clean Coal Technologies
for our Future, Cagliari, Sardinia (Italy), 15-17 May 2007.
. IEA/CSLF Assessment Workshop on Near-Term Opportunities
for Carbon Capture and Storage, Oslo (Norway), 21-22 June 2007.
. Conference Building Low Energy Cooling and Advanced Ventilation Technologies
in the 21st Century, Aghia Pelaghia, Crete (Greece), 27-29 September 2007.
Angola: Towards an Energy Strategy. In the aftermath
of nearly three decades of civil war, Angola is struggling to re-build
its economy. Energy resources are plentiful but infrastructure has suffered
widespread damage and destruction.
How can Angola provide its people and its economy
with the modern, sustainable energy services they so badly need? IEA's
recently published study Angola: Towards an Energy
Strategy identifies the priorities and offers
a matrix of recommendations for the re-construction
effort in Angola's energy sector.
It presents the findings of an IEA survey conducted
in 2005 at the request of Angola's government.
Dr. Ann Eggington led the team of experts who
visited Angola. The OPEN Bulletin questioned
Dr. Eggington about technology's potential role
in bringing Angola closer to a sustainable
energy future. Click to access the interview.
For more about the study Angola: Towards
an Energy Strategy, visit IEA's
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2. Bio/fossil co-firing - status
If biomass displaced 5% of coal burned in all the
world's coal-fired power plants, annual CO2 emissions
would fall by 300 million tonnes. Co-firing biomass
with fossil fuels is cost-effective, enhances energy
security and preserves natural resources. Of particular
interest to developing countries, it can catalyse
societal benefits by adding economic value to forestry
and agricultural products or residues. The technology
has been successfully demonstrated for most combinations
of fuel and boiler type and operates commercially
around the world. Typically, no significant technical
adjustments are needed in existing plants
for biomass input
up to 10%.
Are bio/fossil co-firing opportunities adequately exploited? How can market penetration
be accelerated? Updates and insight were provided by invited specialists at IEA
Bioenergy's workshop Co-utilisation
of Biomass with Fossil Fuels (2005). Presentations, workshop
summary and conclusions are now downloadable from the website of IEA
Bioenergy, one of the international energy technology R&D programmes
the IEA’s collaborative
the "Cofiring Database" for an
of the many co-firing initiatives
credentials of traded energy-efficient goods. The
World Trade Organization's
Doha Declaration mandated negotiators to explore the
potential to liberalise trade in environmental goods.
But a lively international debate has developed over
what actually constitute environmental goods. Preferential
trade tariffs and liberalised markets are clearly desirable
to foster greater market share for energy-efficient
electrical appliances in homes and offices. Characterising
energy-efficiency features succinctly is difficult,
however, in an international context. This complex
question is examined from every angle in the OECD/IEA
working paper Can
Energy-Efficient Electrical Appliances be Considered "Environmental
authors explore possible pathways to creating preferential
tariffs for goods with an energy-efficiency competitive
edge. They weigh high transaction costs incurred by
trade negotiation against net benefits of liberalising
trade in these products and look at mechanisms that
might boost the benefits. Visit IEA's website.
4. Reducing standby power use in China.
How much does China stand to gain from greater energy
efficiency? The example of improved standby-power efficiency
in household appliances provides a useful indicator.
IEA analysis projects that
1-GW power plants could be struck off China's list
of immediate capacity needs for the period to 2020
if energy-efficient standby devices were vigorously
promoted. This impressive finding emerges from the
recent paper Raising the Profile of Energy Efficiency
in China - Case study of standby power efficiency by
IEA's Richard Bradley and Ming Yang. The paper reviews
experience with tackling standby power consumption
in OECD countries and models implementation of similar
action in China. Its scenarios quantify
the significant potential gains from standby-power
conservation campaigns and mandatory regulations. Download
the Profile of Energy Efficiency in China - Case study
of standby power efficiency from
Also free for download, IEA's publication Things
that Go Blip in the Night - Standby Power and How to
5. IEA's new collaboration on electricity networks.
IEA member countries have already signed
up to participate in the
IEA Implementing Agreement on Electricity Networks
Analysis, Research and Development (ENARD). More
IEA and non-IEA countries are
expected to join this high-level
international forum designed to help operators
and governments step up performance in electricity
transmission and distribution.
ENARD was recently launched within the IEA's framework for
international energy technology collaboration to
help speed exchange of information on new technologies
and best practice
in electricity networks, as well as
undertaking collaborative R&D in wide-ranging
areas of transmission
and distribution operation. ENARD's Strategic
Plan for 2006-2011 and its Programme of Work
can be accessed through the website
of its Annex No. 1 Operating Agent.
in photovoltaic applications - Survey report of
selected IEA countries between 1992 and 2005.
This latest edition provides an overview of photovoltaic
power systems (PVPS) applications and markets in
the countries participating in the IEA PVPS collaborative
The report analyses trends in the implementation
of PV power systems between 1992 and 2005. Visit the
website for this and other publications.
. Technology newsletters from IEA's international collaborative
Motor Fuels Information Issue No. 3/2006;
- Hybrid & Electric Vehicles Implementing Agreement Newsletter 2006-1
- IEA Ocean
Energy Systems Newsletter - Issue 7
in Global Energy Supply - An IEA Fact Sheet - the latest update, just out.
. IEA Heat Pump Centre's multilingual welcome pages.
Learn about this international energy technology
collaborative programme in Chinese,
French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and
Spanish (button bar, top of page).
. IEA's June 2005 best-selling publication Energy
Technology Perspectives - Scenarios & Strategies
to 2050 demonstrates how energy technologies
can make a difference in a series of global scenarios
to 2050. Its Executive
Summary is now downloadable from IEA's
website in Chinese,
French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and
Spanish, as well as English.
. Summary and presentations from the workshop
Efficient Technologies and CO2 Reduction
Potentials in the Pulp and Paper Industry,
Paris (France), 9 October 2006. Organised
by IEA with the World Business Council on Sustainable
Development and the IEA Implementing Agreement
on Industrial Energy-Related Technologies and Systems,
this workshop focused on better quantification
of global potential for energy efficiency and CO2 reductions
and ways to overcome barriers. Visit
and presentations from the workshop Energy
Efficiency and CO2 Emission
Reduction Potentials and Policies in the Cement Industry,
Paris (France), 4-5 September 2006. Organised by
the World Business Council for Sustainable Development,
this workshop focused on assessing efficiency performance
further analysis of energy-efficiency measures by
the industrial sector could add value across developed
and interested developing countries. Visit IEA's
glimpse of the future - prospects
for cogeneration and on-site renewables. While
cogeneration's future seems rosy in
the transition to greater energy-sector sustainability,
natural gas will be needed
and the right energy policies must be in place. The
are discussed in this article by IEA's Robert
and Dolf Gielen. It appeared
recently in the journal Cogeneration
and On-Site Power Production (www.cospp.com).
from the International
Workshop on Countermeasures to Urban Heat Islands,
Tokyo (Japan), 3-4 August 2006. Organised jointly
by the Japanese Ministry
of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT) and
the IEA, this event looked at the causes and impacts
of "heat islands" of trapped heat in metropolitan
areas and at the mitigation potential of current
technology options and policy approaches. This was
the first international
meeting addressing this topic,
which is of growing importance in cities that have
significant air conditioning loads.
including those of workshop rapporteurs, from the IEA-CSLF
Workshop on Near Term Opportunities for Carbon Capture
Francisco (United States), 22-23 August, 2006. This
workshop addressed market introduction of CO2 capture
and storage (CCS) technologies, especially in the
near term. Serving as a
exchange, it was a preparatory event for
further workshops to be organised in 2007. The proceedings
are available on the website of
the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum.
from the 2nd
IEA/CSLF Workshop on Legal Aspects of Storing CO2,
Paris (France), 17 October 2006. This
second workshop carried a step further the current
investigation of legal issues associated
with the capture and
dioxide as a greenhouse gas abatement strategy. A
draft discussion paper is presented, as well as a
summary of key issues raised. See also IEA's free
Aspects of Storing
which contains the findings of the first workshop
in this series in July 2004.
Energy Policy Review 2006. This
publication examines Ukraine's energy sector
from many angles. It looks at the policy framework,
environmental impact and developments in subsectors
like energy efficiency, oil, gas, coal, electricity,
district heating and renewables. IEA periodically
conducts reviews of energy policies in non-IEA
countries, alongside its regular reviews of policies
in IEA member countries. Visit IEA's Online
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. International Seminar on Energy and the Forest Products Industry,
Rome (Italy), 30-31 October 2006. Organised
jointly by IEA, WCBSD, ICFPA, FAO, UNECE and
seminar will focus on energy and the forest
products industry, identifying current challenges
the impact of new energy policies. It will
aim at better insight into the place of forestry
products in evolving energy scenarios and how
stakeholders can co-operate so that policies
better integrate them in a sustainable manner,
at national, regional and global levels. Visit
Workshop Coal-to-Liquids - an alternative
oil supply? IEA Headquarters, Paris (France),
2 November 2006. Oil supply security and price
concerns have led to a renewed interest in coal
as an alternative feedstock for the production
of transport fuels and chemicals. Through coal-conversion
technologies such as coal-to-liquids (CTL), the
world’s vast coal resources could become
an important alternative to crude oil. Organised
by the IEA Coal Industry Advisory Board (CIAB),
this workshop will examine the possible impact
on supply security for coal itself and on its
price. CO2 emissions
issues and policy responses will be addressed.
More information and invitations to this event
can be requested from Brian
Ricketts at IEA. See IEA's
Standby Power Conference - Time for Global Action, Canberra
(Australia), 6-7 November 2006. With support
from the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation and
Energy Agency, the Australian Greenhouse Office
will host this conference. Its objective will
be to develop an internationally consistent model
to address excessive standby power consumption.
See IEA's website.
Committee (OECD/IEA/IISI): Climate Change Policy
and Steel - Paris (France), 7-8 November
2006. Co-organised by the
IEA, the OECD Iron
and Steel Commitee and the International
Iron and Steel Institute, this workshop will focus
on the main issues surrounding iron
context of climate policy, including regional trends,
various policy approaches, competitiveness concerns
and future venues for progress. Visit IEA's website.
Workshop on Solar Photovoltaic Electricity A
Wealth of Investment Opportunities Under the Sun -
Zurich (Switzerland), 14 November 2006. Organised
under the banner of the IEA Photovoltaic Power Systems
Programme (IEA PVPS), this event
will address the question: Is there
the boom in solar photovoltaic electricity (PV)? To
learn more, visit the website of IEA
one of some 40 programmes within IEA's framework for
international energy technology collaboration.
Annual Conference of the Air Infiltration and
Ventilation Centre (AIVC), Lyon (France),
20-22 November 2006. This conference
is organised by the AIVC,
which is part of the IEA Programme on Energy
Conservation in Buildings & Community Systems
The event is taking place within the framework
of the 4th European Conference on Energy Performance
and Indoor Climate in Buildings (EPIC), which
will also feature a stream on other ECBCS research
projects. The EPIC gathering will target manufacturers,
engineers, designers, architects, researchers,
real estate managers, policy-makers and standardisation
specialists. Click to
Energy Efficiency in Buildings: Meeting the
G8 Gleneagles Challenge, Paris (France), 27-28
November 2006. Organised by the IEA’s Standing
Group on Long-Term Co-operation (SLT) and the IEA’s
Committee on Energy Research & Technology (CERT),
this workshop will
explore key technology and policy themes relating to
energy efficiency in buildings. The workshop's
strategic recommendations will feed into the IEA’s
response to its mandate under the G8’s Gleneagles
Plan of Action. Click to
learn more and request
International Conference on Clean Coal Technologies
for our Future, Cagliari, Sardinia (Italy),
15-17 May 2007. The move towards zero-emissions
coal-fired power plants is gathering momentum.
Co-organised by the IEA Clean Coal Centre,
this Clean Coal Technologies event will build
success of its previous May 2005 conference
in Cagliari, taking further the debate underlying
important decisions the coal industry must
for our future.
Assessment Workshop on Near-Term Opportunities
for Carbon Capture and Storage, Oslo
(Norway), 21-22 June 2007. This workshop
is the second in a three-workshop series responding
to a G8 request and organised by IEA and the
Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum. It will
assess the issues raised at the August 2006
San Francisco workshop Near-Term
Opportunities for CO2 Capture and Storage in
the Fossil Fuel Sector. A third workshop,
to be announced, will focus on recommendations
to help accelerate development and commercialisation
of carbon capture and storage. To learn more
about these workshops, contact Jacek
Podkanski at IEA.
. Conference Building
Low Energy Cooling and Advanced Ventilation
Technologies in the 21st Century, Aghia
Pelaghia, Crete (Greece), 27-29 September 2007.
by IEA's Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre(AIVC)
as its 28th conference, this event aims to
cover all aspects of technology and building
dealing with ventilation and passive cooling
techniques. AIVC, is part of the IEA Programme
on Energy Conservation in Buildings & Community
Consult the conference
Vehicle Awards from IEA programme go to Ford,
Honda, Lexus, The People's Republic of China,
Hans Tholstrup of Australia. At
a ceremony in Yokohama (Japan) on 25 October,
the International Energy Agency
Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Implementing Agreement
presented its 2006 Clean Vehicle Awards recognising
three categories of achievement. For outstanding worldwide
sales figures for hybrid models, awards went to vehicle
manufacturers Ford, Honda
and Lexus. The People's Republic of China was
honoured for outstanding promotion of electric vehicles.
The "Personal Award" went to Hans Tholstrup
of Australia for decades of commitment to promoting
vehicles, including establishing the
Challenge solarmobile race. For the details, consult
announcement. For more about
(IEA-HEV), visit its website.
. IEA's Fatih
Birol named by France a "Chevalier dans l'Ordre
des Palmes Academiques". This
award, instigated by Napoleon in 1808 for
outstanding academic achievements, has been made
to Fatih Birol, IEA's Chief Economist, for his
work in the field of energy economics.