IEA Energy Technology Collaboration Programme
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. IEA Workshop Using
Long-Term Scenarios for R&D
IEA Headquarters, Paris (France), 15-16 February
NEET Initiative Workshop (Networks
of Expertise in Energy Technology), Johannesburg
(South Africa), 20-22 February 2007.
Buildings Forum Think Tank Workshop on Future Sustainable
Buildings and Communities, Espoo
( Finland), 21-22 March 2007.
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.
What can CO2capture
and storage deliver ... and when? Technology
for CO2 capture
and storage (CCS) is one of today's
hot topics. According
analysis, CCS could shoulder more than 20% of
the burden in achieving needed reductions in
by the year 2050. The IEA
Greenhouse Gas R&D
Programme is one of the leading worldwide
authorities on CCS. The OPEN Bulletin asked
the programme's General Manager, Harry Audus,
share his insight
on prospects for CO2 capture and storage.
Click to access the interview.
is the subject
of IEA’s first release in its new series IEA
Energy Technology Essentials.
These regularly updated concise briefs have been
to provide the basic information for understanding
all key energy technologies in today’s
portfolio for a sustainable energy future. Access
IEA Energy Technology Essentials CCS
2. Hydrogen – towards sustainable production and storage.
Hydrogen is viewed as a promising, versatile alternative energy carrier
for clean energy systems. Direct thermal processing of carbon-containing
materials is one of many ways to produce hydrogen. A new update from
IEA’s Hydrogen Implementing Agreement (IEA
HIA) explores ways to
minimise associated CO2 emissions. Based on collaborative
investigation since 2002, this final report from IEA HIA’s Task 16 covers wide-ranging
technology development and deployment aspects of three
direct supply routes: large-scale integrated hydrogen production and
hydrogen from biomass; and small-scale reforming of
hydrocarbons. Access the report.
in storage capability and materials will be crucial
for hydrogen’s future role
as an energy source, especially for transport
vehicles, where progress with on-board hydrogen
storage for fuel cells will set the pace. A second
new IEA HIA report brings together findings over
five years on pathways to a low-cost reversible
hydrogen storage medium and on understanding
of storage performance. This final
IEA HIA Task 17 explores carbon- and hydride-based
storage media and draws on 45 R&D projects
in participating countries. Access
IEA HIA is one of some 40 international energy
technology R&D programmes within the IEA’s
3. Smarter, less fuel-thirsty vehicles.
Some 20% of the rise in global energy demand over the next thirty years
will come from the transport sector. Economic growth in the developing
countries will be the largest driver of expanding oil demand. What can
be done to get more mileage out of each gallon that goes into the tank?
Measures to address non-locomotion fuel consumption can significantly reduce
both vehicle running costs and CO2 emissions. Vehicle efficiency
is a major focus among the IEA’s tasks in support of the G8 Plan
of Action on climate change, clean energy and sustainable development.
IEA’s Thomas Gueret and Paul Waide tell us about some revealing findings
on tyres and rolling resistance, on better car components and on ways to
make cooling systems more efficient. Click to
access their article.
4. Heavy-duty hybrids, fuel cell vehicles:
two new IEA R&D collaborations. Key alternative vehicle technologies
will be addressed by two new international projects recently launched by
the IEA Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Implementing Agreement (IEA
XII will investigate available and emerging hybrid technologies
for trucks, buses, dedicated heavy-duty vehicles, and possibly off-road
mobile machinery such as forklifts, construction equipment or military
equipment. It will also report on technology and market status/trends. Annex
XIII will focus on mobile application of fuel cells, including
use as auxiliary power units (APUs) and hybridisation of the fuel cell
with on-board energy storage devices like batteries or super-caps. The
emphasis will be on technology assessment and foresight activities from
an international perspective, and on advising industrial and public decision
makers on R&D and market introduction.
New participants are welcome in both new projects. For more information and contacts,
visit the IEA HEV website. IEA HEV is one
of the international energy technology R&D programmes within the IEA’s collaborative
5. Combined heat & power – dismantling the
barriers. Why is combined heat and power (CHP) not always a mainstream
option? Many countries have ambitious targets and initiatives
to promote deployment
of CHP technologies, which have a natural place in district
heating and cooling systems (DHC). But a shortage of
transparent data is a major handicap
for analysts wishing to demonstrate the economic and
environmental benefits of CHP/DHC. To gather input to
bridge the gap and highlight best practice,
the IEA Secretariat has recently launched a new Combined
Heat and Power Programme as part of its drive to promote
more efficient use of energy.
Building on existing data-collection efforts within the
energy technology collaborative network, this initiative
seeks to join forces with partners in government, industry
and interested stakeholder
groups. Click to
learn more about the IEA Combined Heat and Power Programme.
Energy Activities in IEA Countries 2005. From IEA's
Solar Heating and Cooling Programme
(IEA SHC), the latest overview of national activities,
key trends, funding levels, R&D, technology advances
and commercial developments,
plus details on what is happening in
individual countries. Click to
access. Consult also IEA SHC's brochure The
Time for Solar Is Now, explaining why solar is needed and
what the IEA SHC is doing to increase use of
solar technologies worldwide.
. Technology newsletters from IEA's international collaborative
- E3Light -
Issue No. 4, 2/2006, from Annex 45, Energy-Efficient
Future Electric Lighting for Buildings, IEA Implementing
Agreement on Energy Conservation in Buildings
and Community Systems.
from ENARD (IEA Implementing Agreement on Electricity
Networks Analysis, Research and Development)
- No. 1, October 2006.
input to COP 12/MOP 2 (12th session of the
Conference of the Parties to the United Nations
Framework Convention on Climate Change / 2nd
meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, Nairobi
(Kenya), 6-17 November 2006. Numerous publications
and papers on climate-related issues were
presented in Nairobi. Visit IEA's website for
all relevant material, including the press
release and news from
the side events.
IEA Climate Technology Initiative (CTI)
held a side event in Nairobi on financing
for technology transfer - download the presentations and
the event summary;
visit CTI's website for
further information on its Private
Financing Advisory Network (PFAN).
. Presentations from IEA Workshop Energy
Efficiency in Buildings: Meeting the G8 Gleneagles
Challenge, Paris (France)
27-28 November 2006. As part of IEA's work
within the mandate received from G8 leaders
in Gleneagles in 2005, this workshop explored
key technology and policy themes relating to energy
efficiency in buildings. Click to access.
. Presentations from International
Standby Power Conference - Time
for Global Action, Canberra
(Australia), 6-7 November 2006. With support from
the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation and the International
Energy Agency, the Australian Greenhouse Office hosted
this conference aimed at developing an internationally
consistent model to address
standby power consumption. Click to access.
. Presentations from International
Seminar on Energy and the Forest Products Industry,
Rome (Italy), 30-31 October 2006. Organised jointly
by IEA, WCBSD, ICFPA, FAO, UNECE and ITTO, this seminar
focusing on energy and the forest
products industry created better insight
into the place of forestry products in evolving
energy scenarios and ways stakeholders can co-operate
to ensure that policies integrate
them in a sustainable manner. Click to
from IEA-ENEL Workshop on Sectoral
Approaches for Greenhouse Gas Mitigation in the
Rome (Italy), 30-31 October 2006. Organised
jointly by Italian energy provider ENEL and the
IEA, this event focused on trends in the power
CO2 emissions. It explored climate and
other related policies, existing sector-wide
initiatives, integration of sector approaches
internationally and nationally, and institutional
issues. Click to
Information 2006 (2005
data) - 706 pages of essential statistics
on electricity and heat in OECD countries. Part
I of the publication provides a statistical
overview of developments in the electricity and
heat market, also providing some 2004 statistics
for non-OECD countries. Part II
tabulates power and heat industry developments
for each of the 30 OECD member countries and for
and IEA regional aggregates. Visit IEA's Online
Policies of IEA Countries - Greece - 2006 Review.
The latest in IEA's series
of peer reviews of energy policies in member
countries. Visit IEA's Online
- Desenvolvimento de uma estratégia para
a energia -
free download of the Portuguese translation of
IEA's study Angola
- Towards an Energy Strategy.
Energy Policy Review 2006- free download in Ukrainian
language of IEA's recent publication.
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. IEA Workshop Using Long-Term Scenarios for
IEA Headquarters, Paris (France), 15-16 February 2007.
Convened jointly by the IEA Experts Group on R&D Priority-Setting and
Evaluation and the IEA Secretariat, this workshop will
focus on long-term energy scenarios
and their use for setting R&D priorities. Experts are invited to share
experience and provide input to feed into IEA’s Energy Technology
Perspectives 2008 publication, which will report to the
Japanese G8 presidency in 2008. The workshop will draw
on hands-on experience in scenario-aided
R&D priority-setting provided by invited key experts from governments,
industry, academia and international organisations. For
more information and invitations to this invitations-only
workshop, contact email@example.com.
NEET Initiative Workshop,
Johannesburg (South Africa), 20-22 February 2007. As
part of IEA's NEET Initiative
of Expertise in Energy Technology), this
workshop will present the activities and achievements
of selected IEA “Implementing Agreement” R&D
programmes and the work of the Agency’s
international energy technology network. Participants
will be key
stakeholders in South Africa, including members of
the business and financial communities, policy makers,
researchers and other players. The purpose
of this high-profile event will be to enhance awareness
of existing research, development and deployment
networks and to facilitate broader participation.
For more information
about this invitations-only event, please consult
IEA’s website and
Buildings Forum Think Tank Workshop on Future Sustainable
Buildings and Communities, Espoo (Finland),
21-22 March 2007. Organised jointly by a number of IEA
Implementing Agreement technology programmes, this workshop
will aim to identify R&D needs and new business
opportunities within the area of sustainable
buildings and communities.
Expected outcomes will be a vision and
a roadmap for appropriate energy systems and their most
important components. Consult the announcement. For more
information and invitations to this invitations-only event,
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 on the success of its previous May
2005 conference in Cagliari, taking further the debate
underlying important decisions the coal industry must
take for our future.
. IEA/CSLF 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
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,
Podkanski at IEA.
. Conference Building
Low Energy Cooling and Advanced Ventilation
Technologies in the 21st Century, Aghia
Pelaghia, Crete (Greece), 27-29 September 2007.
Co-organised by IEA's Air Infiltration and
Ventilation Centre (AIVC)
as its 28th conference, this event aims to
cover all aspects of technology and building
design dealing with ventilation and passive
cooling techniques. AIVC is part of the IEA
Programme on Energy Conservation in Buildings & Community
Consult the conference
Nilsson of IEA Demand-Side Management Programme
receives the 2006 Swedish Energy Prize.
In recognition of efforts over 20 years to advance
technology procurement as a means of accelerating
technology development, Hans Nilsson recently
received the 2006 Swedish Energy Prize awarded jointly
by the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering
Hans Nilsson chairs the IEA
Demand-Side Management Programme's Executive
Committee. This is the 23rd Swedish Energy Prize
for particularly valuable contributions
Thambimuthu of IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme
receives 2006 Award for Sustainable Development
from the IEA
Coal Industry Advisory Board (CIAB).
of the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme.
He was honoured for his contributions to the development of
clean coal technologies, most recently focusing on
low-emission technologies to stem CO2
emissions from fossil fuels. Kelly Thambimuthu received his
award at a dinner in Paris early in November.