International Energy Agency 28 April 2009
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1. Technology and a Clean Energy New Deal
2. The changing face of electricity grids
3. Cleaner coal use in China - 中国洁净煤战略
4. Getting CHP/DHC into the mainstream
5. New IEA international projects, new participants


Wind aerodynamics, wind farms
Transport biofuels, waste recovery
Outlook for hybrid, electric vehicles
Free energy technology newsletters
IEA collaborations' annual reports

National energy-efficiency strategies
Energy efficiency/climate news
DSM and energy efficiency
Renewable energy and water
Luxembourg's energy policies
   

Strategy Meeting of the IEA Experts Group for Science and Energy (EGSE), Paris (France), 4-5 May 2009.

Workshop on Communications and Control (electricity transmission and distribution networks), Visby, Gotland (Sweden), 5-6 May 2009.

Fourth International Conference on Clean Coal Technologies for our Future (CCT2009), Dresden (Germany), 18-20 May 2009.

20th International Conference on Fluidized Bed Combustion, Xian City (China), 18-20 May 2009.

European Seminar OWEMES 2009 – Offshore Wind and Other Marine Renewable Energies in Mediterranean and European Seas, Brindisi (Italy), 21-23 May 2009.

Tracking the First 20 CCS Demonstrations - IEA Working Party on Fossil Fuels Global Peer Review, Bergen (Norway), 27 May 2009.

International Conference on Thermal Energy Storage - EffStock 2009, Stockholm (Sweden), 14-17 June 2009.

Electricity Markets 2050 - Annual Eurelectric Convention and Conference, Bucharest (Romania), 15-16 June 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. Technology and a Clean Energy New Deal. Turning adversity into opportunity was the theme of IEA Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka's recent message to G8 environment ministers in Syracuse (Italy). The world may be struggling with a global financial and economic crisis, but national economic stimulus packages triggered by the downturn offer ideal vehicles for locking green growth into the energy sector. The contours of a far-reaching energy technology revolution to achieve this are traced in the IEA report to the G8 Ensuring Green Growth in a Time of Economic Crisis:  The Role of Energy Technology. This newly-released report identifies the most promising low-carbon technologies, discusses their status, the timelines for their potential commercialisation and the policy framework needed to ensure widespread market deployment. Focusing on both immediate benefits and the transition that needs to be rolled out over the longer term, the IEA’s 23-page report highlights those areas that could bring the biggest dual benefits in terms of addressing current economic troubles while also curbing future CO2emissions. It updates on the impact the current crisis has had on advances with clean energy. Visit the IEA website to download the IEA report to G8 environment ministers, along with IEA Executive Director Tanaka’s presentation and his slides.

2. The changing face of electricity grids. Strains are already visible in the transmission and distribution networks that carry the world's electricity. More capacity and flexibility are now needed to keep pace with policies to curb climate change and address energy price issues. Networks must cater for electricity's expanding role as an energy carrier. How must society's crucial electricity arteries evolve to integrate more energy efficiency, distributed generation, renewable energy sources, energy storage and flexible demand systems?
Task XVII of the IEA Demand-Side Management Programme (IEA DSM) has explored ways to optimise the integration process. Its recent state-of-the-art report Integration of Demand Side Management, Distributed Generation, Renewable Energy Sources and Energy Storages looks at the status quo, the shape of things to come and implications for further work. This two-volume downloadable study identifies needs for innovative tools, metering, information/communication technologies, products, services and pricing policies. Costs, benefits, policy instruments and business opportunities are discussed. The 200-page report's annexes describe integration progress in seven countries, tools used for integration analysis and some 50 pilot and case studies.
Over the next two years, IEA DSM Task XVII will assess how stakeholders and the electricity system as a whole are affected by the advent of technologies like plug-in electric and hybrid electric vehicles, heatpumps, photovoltaic systems or energy storage devices. Visit the IEA DSM website.

3. Cleaner coal use in China. Coal provides some 25% of the world’s primary energy. It accounts for more than 60% of primary energy in China. Plentiful, low-cost coal has contributed greatly to the nation’s impressive economic growth. But heavy reliance on coal carries environmental and climate-change penalties. Like many countries, China is developing alternative energy sources and progressing with cleaner technologies for using coal. Given the scale of the Chinese coal sector, policy makers have a mammoth task.
Some policy blueprints are presented in the IEA’s bi-lingual report Cleaner Coal in China. Recently launched in Beijing, this publication offers ten core recommendations for cleaner mining and use of coal, with specific pointers on how these might be applied in China. The authors notably stress the importance of advancing and deploying cleaner technology, of international collaboration, especially where this leads to commercial products, and to more effective implementation of existing laws and regulations.
This 320-page report is published simultaneously in both English and Chinese. The Chinese pdf can be downloaded from the IEA website. A hard copy can be requested from the Chinese publishers. For the English version, visit the IEA Online Bookshop.

4. Getting CHP/DHC into the mainstream.  In some countries, combined heat and power (CHP) has been pioneered with great success. Globally, however, this technology still provides no more than 10% of electricity output. What catalysts can unlock the potential benefits - for industry, municipalities and building complexes - of combining electricity production with heat recovery? Experience has proved that well-designed policy and regulatory measures can enable CHP and district heating and cooling (DHC) to meet a large share of demand for electricity and heat, without major financial incentives to ensure market competitiveness. Policy makers seeking concise guidance on promoting clean, efficient CHP/DHC should download the IEA’s new free handbook Cogeneration and District Energy: Sustainable Energy Technologies for Today … and Tomorrow. This downloadable report and its annexes of case studies mark the culmination of the IEA’s International CHP/DHC Collaborative, which has worked since 2007 to gauge these technologies' potential and identify the most promising ways of realising that potential. The Collaborative’s website pages provide further CHP/DHC information, including country scorecards showing how the technologies are contributing to national economies and climate-change goals. 

5. New IEA international projects, new participants. The portolios of IEA Implementing Agreement collaborations evolve continuously to meet new challenges. Some new projects:

Mapping and Benchmarking is the focus of a newly created project within the IEA Implementing Agreement for a Co-operative Programme on Efficient Electrical End-Use Equipment (4E). It will compare the energy performance of products in the marketplace in different countries and identify scope for future improvement.

• IEA Hydrogen Implementing Agreement (IEA HIA).

- Advanced Material for Hydrogen WaterPhotolysis is the topic of IEA HIA Task 26, which aims to intensify international collaboration, advance photoelectrode materials science, conduct demonstration and promote photolysis of water.

- IEA HIA Task 27 on Near-Market Routes to Hydrogen by Co-utilisation of Biomass as a Renewable Energy Source With Fossil Fuels is working to advance the development and marketing of hydrogen production based on renewable sources.

New participants in IEA collaborative programmes.

• Switzerland has become a Contracting Party to the Implementing Agreement for Co-operation on Technologies and Programmes for Demand-Side Management (IEA DSM).

• The United Kingdom has become a Contracting Party to the Implementing Agreement for a Co-operative Programme on Efficient Electrical End-Use Equipment (4E).

• The IEA Coal Industry Advisory Board (CIAB) has become a Sponsor in the Implementing Agreement for a Co-operative Programme on Technologies Relating to Greenhouse Gases Derived from Fossil Fuel Use (IEA GHG).

From IEA Wind, two more final reports are now accessible: Final Report from Annex 20 on HAWT Aerodynamics and Models from Wind Tunnel Measurements, which deals with horizontal axis wind turbine (HAWT) aerodynamics; and Final Report from Annex 21 on Dynamic Models of Wind Farms for Power System Studies, which summarises results of work initiated in 2002. IEA Wind is one of 42 IEA international energy technology collaborations.

IEA Bioenergy has recently released summaries and conclusions from two workshops. Its report Biofuels for Transport - Part of a Sustainable Future? provides findings from an event - organised jointly with Nordic Energy Research in May 2008 - on the fast evolving international debate on biofuel sustainability. IEA Bionenergy's report Energy from Waste looks at how waste management processes are developing, and at the barriers to faster market deployment of the technologies. The recently published IEA Bioenergy 2008 Annual Report includes an article discussing the rationale for biorefineries, their development to date and advances with existing commercial facilities.

Outlook for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles. The IEA Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Implementing Agreement programme (IEA HEV) has updated its 2008 outlook, integrating new perspectives taking account of world economic developments over past months.  Download from the IEA HEV website.

Free downloadable energy technology newsletters from IEA's international collaborative programmes.
- Clean Coal Centre Newsletter - No. 58, March 2009 - from the IEA Clean Coal Centre.
- DSM Spotlight
- Issue 33, April 2009 - from the IEA Demand-Side Management programme (IEA DSM).
- Greenhouse Issues - No. 93, March 2009 - from the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme (IEA GHG).

Annual reports from IEA collaborative programmes: Ocean Energy Systems Implementing Agreement Annual Report 2008; IEA Demand-Side Management Programme Annual Report 2008.

IEA working paper Innovations in National Energy Efficiency Strategies and Action Plans. This paper presents findings from an October 2008 IEA workshop in Paris, at which energy efficiency policy professionals and decision takers exchanged information on lessons learned, as well as identifying innovations in development, implementation and review of energy-efficiency strategies and action plans. 

Energy efficiency and climate change news. For weekly updates on recent developments around the globe, visit the Energy Efficiency and Climate Change News pages on the IEA website.

Presentations from the workshop DSM & Energy Efficiency - Elements for Optimizing our Energy Systems, Vienna (Austria), 1 April, 2009. Organised by the IEA Demand-Side Management Programme (IEA DSM), this workshop brought together IEA DSM experts and national stakeholders for a mutual exchange of knowledge and experience.   Visit the IEA DSM website

Presentations from the workshop Renewable Energy & Water, Paris (France), 23 March 2009. This event organised by the IEA Working Party on Renewable Energy Technologies looked at the energy and climate context of the water issue and assessed the potential role of renewable energy sources in delivering clean water. Visit the IEA website.

Energy Policies of IEA Countries - Luxembourg, 2008 Review - the latest in the IEA's series of reviews of energy policies in individual IEA countries. Download the summary. Visit the IEA Online Bookshop.

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Strategy Meeting of the IEA Experts Group for Science and Energy (EGSE), Paris (France), 4-5 May 2009. Through the EGSE, the IEA is helping to foster breakthroughs in energy technology by bringing together scientists and energy technologists to bridge the gap between basic science research and applied energy R&D. This workshop will confirm priority activities of the EGSE. For details, visit the IEA website.

Workshop on Communications and Control (electricity transmission and distribution networks), Visby, Gotland (Sweden), 5-6 May 2009. Organised by the IEA Implementing Agreement on Electricity Networks Analysis, Research & Development (ENARD),this workshop will address power and information flows in a utility environment and assess communications and control requirements in a range of evolving T&D network operational environments. Visit the ENARD 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.

20th International Conference on Fluidized Bed Combustion, Xian City (China), 18-20 May 2009. This event will focus on the latest fundamental research issues associated with fluidized bed combustion science and technology, as well as application of experience from pilot-plants, demonstration and industrial units. The IEA Fluidized Bed Conversion Implementing Agreement programme (IEA-FBC) is represented on the steering committee.  Visit the conference website.

European Seminar OWEMES 2009 – Offshore Wind and Other Marine Renewable Energies in Mediterranean and European Seas, Brindisi (Italy), 21-23 May 2009.  Co-sponsored by IEA Wind, this event will provide a forum for information exchange and promote co-operation among different countries in the promising field of marine renewable energy applications.  Visit the website

Tracking the First 20 CCS Demonstrations - IEA Working Party on Fossil Fuels Global Peer Review, Bergen (Norway), 27 May 2009. To be held in conjunction with the High-Level Conference on Climate Change and Technology - Fighting Climate Change with CCS, this event, organised by the IEA Working Party on Fossil Fuels, will review documentation to be reported to the G8 in 2010 on the status of 20 large-scale CCS demonstration projects. Visit the IEA 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.

Electricity Markets 2050 - Annual Eurelectric Convention and Conference, Bucharest (Romania), 15-16 June 2009. This event, in which IEA is a Co-operating Partner, will spotlight industry’s vision on how to develop carbon-neutral power generation. On the agenda are the multi-faceted role of renewables, key supply security issues, power sector investment needs and technology availability.The conference will focus strongly on carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies. Visit the IEA events pages and the Eurelectric website.

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 announcementAIVC 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.