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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.
• IEA CCS Web Conference on Transport, Health and Safety Issues, 10 July 2008 (15h00 hrs. Paris time).
• 8th Annual Workshop of Greenhouse Gas Emission Trading, Paris (France), 22-24 September 2008.
2008 - 1st International Conference on Solar
Heating, Cooling and Buildings, Lisbon (Portugal),
7-10 October 2008.
AIVC Conference, Advanced Building Ventilation
and Environmental Technology
for Addressing Climate Change Issues,
Kyoto (Japan), 14-16 October 2008.
• Workshop on White Certificates: The Italian Experiences Gained in Regulation, Monitoring & Verification and Electricity Market Contexts, Milan (Italy), 22 October 2008
• Workshop on Geothermal Sustainability Modelling, Taupo (New Zealand), 10 November 2008.
International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control
Technologies, Washington, DC (United States),
16-20 November 2008.
• Fourth International Conference on Clean Coal Technologies for our Future (CCT2009), Dresden (Germany), 18-20 May 2009.
• International Conference on Thermal Energy Storage - EffStock 2009 – Stockholm (Sweden), 14-17 June 2009.
1. IEA launches International CCS Regulators' Network. Blueprints for a sustainable energy future place carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) at the forefront of technologies for curbing emissions in power generation and industry. CCS will need to be deployed on a large scale; numerous legal and regulatory issues arise, at both national and international levels. In some countries, CCS regulations are already being drawn up. Monitoring developments has thus become crucial for a wide diversity of stakeholders.
To facilitate information-sharing, an IEA workshop in Paris recently launched an International CCS Regulators' Network. Building on IEA work with the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme, the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum and University College London, the workshop enabled interested parties from many countries and sectors to compare notes and reach a number of conclusions (see summary). Future network activities include a series of web conferences on specific CCS legal and regulatory issues. The first, on 10 July 2008, will focus on transport, health and safety issues. To learn more about this web conference, visit the IEA website, where the proceedings, including a video recording, will be made available shortly after the event.
2. Energy from the oceans. The massive power of the world’s oceans can be harnessed in different ways. Tides, currents and waves can work to create usable energy; so can temperature gradients or the salt content of sea water. Recently announced plans for prototypes, demonstration projects and feasibility studies reflect growing interest in giving the oceans a stronger role in powering the world’s economies.
What is ocean power's potential? Who is doing what to promote the technologies? The OPEN Bulletin called on Gouri S. Bhuyan for some expert insight. Dr. Bhuyan chairs the Executive Committee of the IEA Implementing Agreement on Ocean Energy Systems (IEA-OES), one of 42 IEA international collaborative energy technology programmes. IEA-OES, which has just unveiled its new website, monitors and catalyses ocean power developments around the globe. Click here to access Dr. Bhuyan’s article.
3. The dynamics of energy consumption. When it comes to energy-saving decisions, knowledge gaps can seriously delay urgently needed action. The IEA’s new, freely downloadable brochure Worldwide Trends in Energy Use and Efficiency feeds valuable new statistics, analysis and policy conclusions into the knowledge base on energy consumption and energy-savings potential in countries all around the world. Building on previous publications in the IEA’s well known energy-indicators series, this latest study delivers expanded state-of-the-art data on energy use, efficiency developments and greenhouse gas emissions in industry, households, services, transport and electricity generation. Of major importance to policy makers, it identifies the factors driving demand and those capable of curbing demand for today's increasingly precious supplies of energy. Download Worldwide Trends in Energy Use and Efficiency from the IEA website.
4. Solar thermal's continued ascent. Installed solar thermal capacity increased by 22% around the world during 2006. Solar thermal power output during 2006 amounted to 76,959 GWh, resulting in avoidance of 34.1 million tons of CO2 emissions. These are among the encouraging findings of Solar Heat Worldwide: Markets and Contributions to the Energy Supply 2006, the latest annual survey from the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC), one of 42 IEA international energy technology R&D collaborations. The IEA SHC report presents 46 pages of detailed analysis on the market penetration of solar thermal technology in 48 countries representing some 60% of world population and more than 85% of the solar thermal market. Download the survey here.
IEA international R&D projects.
The portfolios of IEA Implementing Agreement collaborations evolve continuously to meet new challenges. Some new projects:
• Task No. XX on "Branding of Energy Efficiency" has been created by the the IEA Demand-Side Management Programme (DSM). The Task's work is expected to develop significant understanding of barriers associated with branding of energy efficiency and strategies to overcome those barriers. To learn more, access the IEA-DSM website, or contact: email@example.com.
• The IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC) has initiated two new projects.
- Task 40 on "Net Zero Energy Solar Buildings" will focus on defining measures of building performance that could inform “zero energy” building policies, programmes and industry adoption.
- Task 42 on "Compact Thermal Energy Storage", a joint Task undertaken with Task 24 of the IEA Energy Conservation through Energy Storage Programme (ECES), will focus on bringing together ongoing work on thermal energy storage materials and applications by various groups around the world.
New participants: Thailand has recently become a contracting party in the IEA Implementing Agreement for a Programme of Research and Demonstration on Advanced Motor Fuels (IEA-AMF).
• Outlook for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles. In eight concise pages, this report from the IEA Hybrid and Electric Vehicles Implementing Agreement (IEA-HEV) provides comprehensive information on these vehicles' characteristics and applications, on barriers to deployment and the role of government in promoting deployment. Perspectives for market deployment until 2015 are explored. Download the report from the website of the (IEA-HEV) programme, an IEA international collaboration.
• Potential for Solar Heat in Industrial Processes and Process Heat Collectors. These two recently released downloadable final reports provide accounts of work by Task 33 of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC) in collaboration with Task IV of the IEA SolarPACES Programme. IEA SHC and IEA SolarPACES are both IEA international energy technology R&D programmes.
• Scientific Breakthroughs for a Clean Energy Future is the summary report from the 6-7 May 2008 workshop at IEA Headquarters in Paris on Information Exchange and Collaboration on Basic Science Research for Energy Applications. The event brought together experts from government, industry, academia and the R&D community to discuss needs to increase interaction between basic science and applied energy research. Access the report and workshop presentations from the IEA website.
• Free energy technology newsletters
from IEA's international collaborative programmes:
- AMFI Newsletter, Issue 2/2008, April 2008, from the IEA Programme on Advanced Motor Fuels.
- IEA Bioenergy News, Volume 20, No. 1, June 2008, from IEA Bioenergy.
- Spotlight, Issue 31, June 2008, from the IEA Demand-Side Management Programme.
-Greenhouse Issues, No. 90, June 2008, from the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme.
- IEA HIA News, Volume 2, No. 1, May 2008, from the IEA Hydrogen Implementing Agreement.
• Proceedings, Expert Meeting on Financing Carbon Capture and Storage Projects, New York, 28-29 May 2008. This event was organised by the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme (IEA-GHG), the IEA Clean Coal Centre and the World Coal Institute; it was sponsored by Chevron. The workshop's purpose was to foster development of financial mechanisms for deploying CCS projects. Visit the IEA-GHG website.
• A Regional Assessment of the Potential for CO2 Storage in the Indian Subcontinent (Report No.
2008/2). This report from the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme (IEA-GHG) is available free of charge to IEA-GHG participants and can be purchased by other interested parties. To obtain the report, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Highlights from the Annual EURELECTRIC Convention & Conference, Barcelona (Spain), 16-17 June 2008. This year's event focused on the major energy and climate issues facing the European electricity industry, and on the European Commission's energy liberalisation proposals and its "green package". As in previous years, the event was backed by the IEA. Visit the EURELECTRIC website.
latest in the series of IEA reviews of energy policies
in individual IEA countries.
- Energy Policies of IEA Countries – Japan - 2008 Review. See Summary.
- Energy Policies of IEA Countries – Sweden - 2008 Review. See Summary.
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• IEA CCS Web Conference on Transport, Health and Safety Issues, 10 July 2008 (15h00 Paris time). See: IEA launches International CCS Regulators' Network, above. Consult the IEA website events pages.
• 8th Annual Workshop of Greenhouse Gas Emission Trading, Paris (France), 22-24 September 2008. Hosted by the IEA, the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), this international workshop will provide an opportunity for government, business and NGO stakeholders to discuss some of the key issues relating to international climate policy. Visit the IEA website events pages.
2008 - 1st International Conference on Solar Heating,
Cooling and Buildings, Lisbon (Portugal), 7-10
October 2008. Organised by the IEA Solar Heating and
Cooling Programme (SHC), Sociedade Portuguesa de
Energia Solar, ISES Europe and other bodies, this
event will bring scientists, technicians, architects,
engineers and citizens to a platform for presenting
the latest technologies from around the world.
Visit the conference
AIVC Conference, Advanced Building Ventilation
and Environmental Technology for Addressing Climate
Change Issues, Kyoto (Japan), 14-16 October
2008. This conference will bring together researchers
and engineers to focus on a wide range of
topics relating to building
by the Air Infiltration
and Ventilation Centre (AIVC) in collaboration
with the IEA
on Energy Conservation in
Buildings & Community
of which AIVC is a part. Visit the AIVC
• Workshop on White Certificates - The Italian Experiences Gained in Regulation, Monitoring & Verification and Electricity Market Contexts, Milan, (Italy), 22 October, 2008. At this workshop, the Italian actors involved in Italy's White Certificates scheme will update participants on experience and achievements during its two years of operation. For details, visit the website of the IEA Demand-Side Management Programme.
• Workshop on Geothermal Sustainability Modelling, Taupo (New Zealand), 10 November 2008. Organised under the auspices of the IEA Geothermal Implementing Agreement (IEA GIA), this workshop will feature brief presentations by leading reservoir modellers and sustainability researchers, followed by mediated discussions. Visit the IEA GIA website.
International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control
Technologies, Washington, DC (United States), 16-20
November 2008. Organized by the IEA
Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme in collaboration
with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
and with sponsorship from the United States Department
of Energy, this is the latest in the series of
Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies (GHGT) conferences,
created in 1997. Visit the conference
International Conference on Clean Coal Technologies
for our Future (CCT2009) Dresden (Germany), 18-20
May 2009. Organised jointly by the IEA Clean Coal
and Forschungszentrum Jülich, this fourth
topical conference on clean coal technologies will
be held in conjunction with the Third International
Freiberg Conference on IGCC and XtL. Consult the CCC
website for more details.
• International Conference on Thermal Energy Storage - EffStock 2009 – Stockholm (Sweden), 14-17 June 2009. Organised by the IEA Energy Conservation through Energy Storage Implementing Agreement (ECES) and hosted by Swedvac, the Swedish Society of HVAC Engineers, this event will aim to encourage awareness and uptake of solutions for energy conservation through energy storage, including seasonal, diurnal and short-term storage technologies. It will bring together design professionals, government officials, manufacturers, environmental consultants, utility personnel and executives, and academic researchers. Visit the EffStock 2009 conference website.
• This year's Peter Ritter von Rittinger International Heat Pump
Awards were presented to Professor Eric Granryd of Sweden, and to Mr. Gerald C. Groff and Professor Predrag S. Hrnjak, both of the United States, at the 9th International Energy Agency Heat
Pump Conference in Zurich in May. The Rittinger medals, awarded in recognition of contributions to
international collaboration in heat pump technologies, are made every three years. For more information, visit the website of the IEA Heat Pump Centre.
• Inaugurating its new awards this year, the IEA Hydrogen Implementing Agreement (IEA HIA) recently presented the IEA HIA Individual Prize for technical excellence and successful co-operation in hydrogen research and development to Dr. Gary Sandrock of the United States. The IEA HIA Memorial Individual Prize for lifetime achievements in hydrogen R&D was received on behalf of the late Tapan Kumar Bose (Canada) and his family. These inaugural awards were made at a ceremony in Arlington, Virginia, (United States) on 10 June 2008. For more information about the IEA HIA programme, visit the IEA HIA website.
• Nominations for the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme's SHC Solar Award 2008 are invited by 31 July 2008. The award honours commitment to increasing expansion of this renewable energy source. Nominees should have shown outstanding leadership or achievements, with links to the Solar Heating and Cooling Programme. Visit the IEA SHC website.