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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.
IEA launches International CCS Regulators' Network
2.
Energy from the oceans
3.
The dynamics of energy consumption
4.
Solar thermal's continued ascent
5. New IEA international projects, new participants


Outlook for hybrid and electric vehicles

Industrial use of solar heat
Energy and scientific breakthroughs
Newsletters from IEA programmes


Financing CCS
Indian subcontinent and CO2 storage
EURELECTRIC convention highlights
Energy policies in Japan, Sweden


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.

EUROSUN 2008 - 1st International Conference on Solar Heating, Cooling and Buildings, Lisbon (Portugal), 7-10 October 2008.

29th 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.

9th 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.

5. New 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:
balawant.joshi@abpsinfra.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: sian@ieaghg.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.

The 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.

EUROSUN 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 website.

29th 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 ventilation and environmental technology. The event is organised by the Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre (AIVC) in collaboration with the IEA Programme on Energy Conservation in Buildings & Community Systems (ECBCS), of which AIVC is a part. Visit the AIVC website.

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.

9th 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 website.

Fourth International Conference on Clean Coal Technologies for our Future (CCT2009) Dresden (Germany), 18-20 May 2009. Organised jointly by the IEA Clean Coal Centre (CCC) 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.