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• CCS Roadmap Meeting – Financing, Legal & Regulatory and Public Awareness Issues, Paris (France), 2-3 February 2009.
• Workshop on International Standards to Promote Energy Efficiency and Reduce Carbon Emissions, Paris (France), 16-17 March 2009.
• IEA Mine Methane Recovery and Utilization Workshop, Chengdu (China), 7-8 April March 2009.
• 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.
• IEA GHG International Interdisciplinary CCS Summer School 2009, Mantra Lorne, Victoria, (Australia), 23-28 August 2009.
• 1st International Oxyfuel Combustion Conference, Cottbus (Germany), 8-11 September 2009.
• 15th International SolarPACES Symposium, Berlin (Germany), 15-18 September 2009.
• 30th AIVC conference Trends in High Performance Buildings and the Role of Ventilation, Berlin (Germany), 1-2 October 2009.
• International Conference on Coal Science & Technology (ICCS&T), Cape Town (South Africa), 26-29 October 2009.
1. IEA invited to host global energy efficiency partnership. Incentives for energy efficiency may be hard to promote when energy prices are low. And investing in more energy-efficient industrial equipment or consumer durables may lack appeal during a credit crunch. But, as IEA Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka recently declared, “The global economic slowdown must be viewed as an opportunity, not a distraction from efforts to mitigate climate change. Countries planning fiscal stimulus packages should invest in energy efficiency and clean technologies to build sustainable energy infrastructure.”
In keeping with IEA’s role in helping to promote such advances, the Agency has been asked to host the Secretariat of the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC), a broad-based vehicle for international collaboration in promoting energy efficiency. Bringing together countries in various stages of economic development, IPEEC will serve as a high-level forum for action to facilitate effective energy-efficiency measures around the world. Paul Waide of the IEA Secretariat’s energy-efficiency team tells OPEN Bulletin readers more about IPEEC and the implications for IEA. Click to access his article.
2. Technologies for truly sustainable biofuels. In his 20 January inaugural speech, United States President Barack Obama broke with tradition by referring directly to the nation's energy use, to renewable resources and to climate change. The President's agenda for energy and the environment includes such moves as establishing a national low-carbon vehicle fuel standard and mobilising one million plug-in hybrid cars by 2015. Governments’ increasing focus on climate change and energy security is helping to raise the profile of biofuels in countries around the globe. Demand for liquid biofuels more than tripled between 2000 and 2007. Since concerns over sustainable production and use of land are challenging currently commercialised first-generation biofuels, great hope is now being invested in second-generation biofuels, processed from ligno-cellulosic materials like cereal straw, bagasse, corn cobs, forest residues or specialist non-food energy crops. Reviewing advances with the technologies for these more sustainable concepts, and research and development to date, the study From 1st- to 2nd-Generation Biofuel Technologies - An Overview of Current Industry and RD&D Activities has just been published by the IEA’s renewables team in association with the IEA Bioenergy programme. This new 120-page report can be downloaded free, along with an Extended Executive Summary, from the IEA website.
3. Building tomorrow’s electricity networks. Smart metering, electrical energy storage, active network management … new technology is rising to the challenges as electricity-use patterns change and sustainability requirements become tougher for the world’s power generation. The major issues are explored in a first set of six concise Topical Briefing Sheets recently published by the IEA programme on Electricity Networks Analysis, Research and Development (ENARD). These have been developed in association with six ENARD Workshop Profiles, which report on ENARD expert workshops addressing topics ranging from distribution systems and distributed generation system integration to the shaping of intelligent distribution networks and micro-grids. One of more than 40 IEA energy technology collaborations, ENARD was created in 2006 as an international forum for information exchange, research, analysis and collaborative research and development on electricity transmission and distribution networks. Visit the ENARD website.
4. Wind power basics at a glance. This latest in the IEA’s series of downloadable Energy Technology Essentials briefs presents the key facts and figures for different types of wind power installation. It reports on the market status of wind power systems, on economics and investment, and on the factors driving the fast growth of this important renewable energy source. System-related issues and environmental impacts are addressed. The fact sheet concludes with concise information on wind power’s technology status and on research and development priorities. This IEA publication will be appreciated by readers with a basic understanding of wind energy issues. Download from the IEA website.
5. New IEA international projects, new participants
- The IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA SHC) has created a project on Solar Energy and Architecture, to start work officially in May 2009. The vision of this three-year IEA SHC Task 41 is to make architectural design a driving force for the use of solar energy. Visit the IEA SHC website. For further information contact the Operating Agent: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- France has become a Contracting Party to the IEA Implementing Agreement on Electricity Networks Analysis, Research and Development (ENARD).
- Italy has become a Contracting Party to the IEA Implementing Agreement for a Programme of Research, Development and Demonstration on Bioenergy (IEA Bioenergy).
• An Overview of National Trends Related to Innovative Ventilation Systems. Downloadable from the AIVC website, this paper summarises proceedings at the March 2008 workshop “Trends in national building ventilation markets and drivers for change”, Ghent (Belgium). More AIVC Information Papers released over recent months, can be found on the website of the AIVC, one of the projects within the IEA Implementing Agreement on Energy Conservation in Buildings and Community Systems (ECBCS), an IEA international collaborative programme.
• Presentations from IEA PVPS Workshop The Role of PV in Smart Grids, Sydney (Australia), 25 November 2008. This event, co-organised by the IEA PVPS programme, looked at the state of the art on smart grids, at economics and regulation, at PV experience and best practice. Visit the website of IEA PVPS, one of IEA's international collaborations.
• Free energy technology newsletters from IEA international energy technology collaborative programmes.
- AIVC Air Information Review – Vol. 30, No. 1, December 2008 – from the Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre (AIVC), one of the IEA ECBCS projects.
- Bioenergy News - Volume 20 #2, December 2008 – from IEA Bioenergy.
- IEA Clean Coal Centre Newsletter – No. 57, November 2008 – from the IEA Clean Coal Centre.
- DSM Spotlight – Issue 32, January 2009 – from the IEA Demand-Side Management Programme (IEA DSM).
- ENARD Newsletter – No 5, December 2008 – from the IEA Implementing Agreement on Electricity Networks Analysis, Research and Development (ENARD).
- Greenhouse Issues – No. 92, January 2009 – from the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme (IEA GHG).
- PV Power – No. 29, December 2008 – from the IEA Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (IEA PVPS).
• In French - International Energy Technology Co-operation – Frequently Asked Questions. This guide to participating in IEA energy technology collaborative programmes is downloadable in French and various other languages from the IEA Website.
• Energy Efficiency Policy – Worldwide Implementation Now. This user-friendly on-line document presents each of the IEA’s energy efficiency policy recommendations and the relevant underlying analysis. Visit the IEA website.
• More CHP/DHC Country Scorecards – These downloadable IEA profiles show how CHP/DHC technology is integrated into national energy economies and climate-change contexts. Adding to the initial profiles on Germany, Japan and the United States, scorecards are now available on China, Denmark, Finland, India, Korea, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Visit also the IEA CHP/DHC Collaborative's web pages.
• Perspectives on Caspian Oil and Gas Development. This downloadable collection of working papers from the IEA’s Global Energy Dialogue team pieces together the complex backdrop to current oil and gas developments in a region where production of hydrocarbons has a long history and an increasingly promising future. The authors focus notably on oil and gas production, pricing and exports, on strategies of major market players and on infrastructure and investment, which have big implications for technology, especially technologies for transporting these fuels. Comments through this link are welcome to enrich the ongoing debate.
• In Chinese, downloadable CIAB report Clean Coal Technologies - Accelerating Commercial and Policy Drivers for Deployment. This report from the IEA Coal Industry Advisory Board discusses how best to accelerate development and deployment of clean coal technologies, as well as technologies for carbon dioxide capture and storage. Visit the IEA website.
• Turning a Liability into an Asset: the Importance of Policy in Fostering Landfill Gas Use Worldwide. The purpose of this downloadable IEA report is to identify and examine global policies, measures and incentives that appear to be stimulating landfill gas. The report concludes with lessons learned and recommendations for further study. This publication follows the recent IEA report on landfill gas in India, Turning a Liability into an Asset: Landfill Methane Utilisation Potential in India (see OPEN Bulletin No. 53).
• Presentations from the workshop Data, Analysis and Policy: the Three Faces of Energy Efficiency Indicators, Paris (France), 21-22 January 2008. Jointly organised by the IEA and the EU ODYSSEE-MURE project, this event brought together more than 100 statisticians, analysts and policy makers from IEA and key non-IEA countries to share experience and best practices in developing indicators. It marked a milestone in the IEA energy efficiency indicators project and notably underlined the need for a harmonised reporting mechanism. Visit the IEA’s website.
• The IEA website's new pages on carbon dioxide capture and storage cover such areas as the importance of CCS, its technology status, legal and regulatory issues, and CCS roadmaps.
• Free IEA 2007 publications: More of IEA's 2007 publications can now be downloaded from the IEA website.
Also, selected 2006 IEA data can be accessed on the IEA website’s statistics pages, as can full time series through 2006 (and selected information for 2007) from IEA's on-line data service.
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• CCS Roadmap Meeting – Financing, Legal & Regulatory and Public Awareness Issues, Paris (France), 2-3 February 2009. This IEA-hosted event will focus on key issues relating to carbon capture and storage (CCS). For more, visit the IEA website. See also IEA’s CCS pages.
Workshop on International Standards to Promote Energy Efficiency and Reduce Carbon Emissions, Paris (France), 16-17 March 2009. This joint workshop of the International Energy Agency, the International Organization for Standardization and the International Electrotechnical Commission will bring together leading policymakers, standardization professionals and key private sector actors. They will discuss how to accelerate progress in energy efficiency standardisation. Breaking new ground, this event is the fruit of growing co-operation between the three agencies to support development of standards to facilitate higher levels of energy efficiency in all energy-using activities. Visit the IEA website.
• IEA Mine Methane Recovery and Utilization Workshop, Chengdu (China), 7-8 April March 2009. Organised by the IEA, by China's State Administration of Coal Mine Safety (SACMS), the National Center for International Cooperation in Work Safety (NCICS) and the Sichuan Coal Mine Safety Bureau, this workshop will cover all aspects of Coal Mine Methane (CMM) development in China. For more information, consult the IEA 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 conference pages 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.
• IEA GHG International Interdisciplinary CCS Summer School 2009, Mantra Lorne, Victoria, (Australia), 23-28 August 2009. This year’s summer school on CO2 capture and storage organised by the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme (IEA GHG) will be hosted by CO2CRC. To learn more and apply, click here. A report from the 2008 summer school can be found in the most recent IEA GHG newsletter Greenhouse Issues.
• 1st International Oxyfuel Combustion Conference, Cottbus (Germany), 8-11 September 2009. This event will provide a forum to continue discussion of issues relevant to the development of oxyfuel combustion technologies and to share lessons from the experience of operating the first oxyfuel combustion boiler. The conference is organised by the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme (IEA GHG) and Vattenfall, and sponsored by Air Products. Visit the conference web pages.
• 15th International SolarPACES Symposium, Berlin (Germany), 15-18 September 2009. The IEA SolarPACES programme’s 15th annual event will offer stakeholders from industry, research, politics and the financial world to meet, within the framework of a scientific conference programme, with leading world experts. Visit the conference pages on the website of IEA SolarPACES.
• 30th AIVC conference Trends in High Performance Buildings and the Role of Ventilation, Berlin (Germany), 1-2 October 2009. This event is organised by the Energy and Environmental Center Deister GmbH (e.u.[z.]) in co-operation with the International Network for Information on Ventilation (INIVE EEIG) – on behalf of the Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre (AIVC) – and the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics (Fraunhofer-IBP). It will be held in tandem with the International Conference on Building and Ductwork Airtightness. See conference announcement. AIVC is part of the IEA Programme on Energy Conservation in Buildings & Community Systems (ECBCS).
International Conference on Coal Science & Technology (ICCS&T), Cape Town (South Africa), 26-29 October 2009. Co-sponsored by the IEA Clean Coal Centre, this conference will provide the technical community with an opportunity to share knowledge in their respective clean-coal technology fields. Visit the conference website.