International Energy Agency 27 April 2010
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18th World Hydrogen Energy Conference, Essen (Germany), 16-21 May 2010.

Meeting of Experts Group on an Energy Technology Platform, Paris (France), 31 May-1 June 2010.

The Solar Utility - 5th IEA PVPS Executive Conference, Montreux (Switzerland), 8-9 June 2010. 

EURELECTRIC Annual Convention and Conference - New Energy World, Dublin (Ireland), 14-15 June 2010.

Energy Storage – Matching the supply and demand in future - ECES Workshop, Bad Tölz 14-16 July 2010.

CTI PFAN Africa Forum for Clean Energy Financing (AFRICEF), Johannesburg (South Africa), 21 July 2010.

10th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, Amsterdam (the Netherlands), 19-23 September 2010.

16th SolarPACES Conference, Perpignan (France), 21-24 September 2010. 

EUROSUN 2010 - International Conference on Solar Heating, Cooling and Buildings, Graz (Austria), 28 September - 1 October 2010.

Third International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE 2010), Bilbao (Spain), 6-8 October, 2010.

31st Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre Conference, Seoul (Korea), 26-28 October 2010.

Delhi International Renewable Energy Conference (DIREC) 2010, New Delhi (India), 27-29 October 2010. 

8th International Conference on System Simulation in Buildings, Liege (Belgium), 13-15 December 2010. 

Fifth International Conference on Clean Coal Technologies – CCT2011, Saragossa (Spain),  8-12 May 2011. 

10th IEA Heat Pump Conference, Tokyo (Japan), 16–19 May 2011. 


• The Nordic Council of Ministers' Bioenergy prize has been awarded to Dr Göran Berndes, a task leader within IEA Bioenergy.

• Winners of the inaugural IEA HIA Project Prize, comprising two categories (technology demonstration and fundamental research), have been announced by the International Energy Agency Hydrogen Implementing Agreement (IEA HIA).

1. New avenues for district heating and cooling. In areas of high building density, district heating and cooling (DHC) systems offer high dividends. Planners around the globe are exploiting DHC’s potential in this era of fast growing urbanisation and tougher energy and environmental challenges. In some countries, as much as 50% of the heat market is covered by this win-win method of linking multiple users to climate-benign energy sources like waste-based combined heat and power (CHP). And to satisfy buildings’ cooling requirements, more and more countries now use a variety of proven technologies to convert such heat into power to reduce indoor temperatures.

The IEA DHC/CHP R&D collaborative programme has contributed significantly to past advances with these techniques. It has a solid strategy for joint efforts to catalyse further innovation and wider dissemination of expertise. As the IEA DHC/CHP programme plans for its next three-year research phase, Robin Wiltshire, Chair of its Executive Committee, tells the OPEN Bulletin about landmarks to date and pathways for the coming years.  Access the interview here.  IEA DHC/CHP is one of 42 IEA multilateral technology initiatives

2. Algae - the Future for Bioenergy?  The quest for sustainable sources of energy has led many creative minds to exploration of algae as a means of producing biomass. Much well documented work has been done on different options for bringing algae into the energy production effort. Some 150 companies are currently active in pursuing its potential.
Using algae for energy purposes can be an alternative to land-based biomass cultivation, thus avoiding land-use conflict with other crops. Algae could promise productivity levels exceeding those of terrestrial plants. There are many question marks, however, notably over timelines for commercial exploitation, R&D needs, levels of CO2, costs and barriers.
To assess the state of the art in this potentially important area and provide some answers, the IEA Bioenergy programme brought experts together for a workshop in Belgium in October 2009. A newly published 16-page downloadable report Algae - the Future for Bioenergy? presents the summary and conclusions from this workshop. The presentations can also be downloaded from the website of IEA Bionenergy, one of the IEA multilateral technology initiatives

3. Phase Out of Incandescent Lamps - Implications for international supply and demand for regulatory compliant lamps. The drive to introduce efficient lighting has come a long way in recent years. Since early 2007, almost all OECD - and many non-OECD - governments have announced policies aimed at phasing-out incandescent lighting. But what does that mean in terms of consumers’ demand for regulatory-compliant lamps?  What is the lamp industry’s capacity and motivation to produce adequate efficient lighting products to meet future demand. To assess such issues, this 86-page IEA information paper  reviews the historic international screw-based lamp market, describes the status of international phase-out policies and presents projections of anticipated market responses to regulatory requirements. It presents a series of key policy messages. Download from the IEA website.

4. Projected Costs of Generating Electricity - 2010 Edition.  The future cost of electricity will depend on a number of key parameters. Among these, the cost of raising the financial capital and the price of carbon will figure large.  Governments will play a major role here.  But what about the technology and its cost? No baseload generation technology is expected to offer a consistent economic advantage at a global level and under all circumstances.  Domestic factors will be important. These are some of the findings from Projected Costs of Generating Electricity - 2010 Edition, the recently released joint report from the IEA and the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA). It is the seventh in a series of studies on electricity generating costs and presents the latest data available for a wide variety of fuels and technologies. Visit the IEA Online Bookshop.

5. Measuring emissions from ethanol-fuelled vehicles. The IEA Advanced Motor Fuels programme (AMF) has recently published an exhaustive study on methodology for measuring and calculating emissions from vehicles fuelled by ethanol: Measurement Technologies for Emissions from Ethanol Fuelled Vehicles. The study's first section contains a literature survey on methodologies, regulations, instrumentation and measurement procedures. The second section addresses mesurement of ethanol calibration gases of different concentrations and oxygen content. And a third secion is devoted to ethanol-fuelled vehicle tests. The authors present some key conclusions. This 63-page report can be downloaded from the website of AMF, one of the IEA international energy technology collaborations.

6. New participants in IEA international R&D projects

The Republic of Korea has become a Contracting Party to the Implementing Agreement for a Programme of Research, Development and Demonstration on Energy Conservation and Emissions Reduction in Combustion (IEA Combustion).

Norway  has become a Contracting Party to the Implementing Agreement for a Co-operative Programme on Geothermal Energy Research and Technology (GIA).

Enel Ingegneria e Innovazione SpA has become a Sponsor in the Implementing Agreement for a Co-operative Programme on Technologies Relating to Greenhouse Gases Derived from Fossil Fuel Use (IEAGHG).

Shaw Consultants, International, Inc. has become a Sponsor in the Implementing Agreement for Co-operation in the Field of Fluidized Bed Conversion of Fuels Applied to Clean Energy Production (IEA FBC). 

Infrastructure Asset Management – Phase 1 Final Report.  This report from Annex III of the IEA Implementing Agreement on Electricity Networks Analysis, Research and Development (ENARD) deals with the management of the distribution asset base.  It provides an overview of the project’s activities and presents its principal conclusions and recommendations.  Download the 17-page report from the ENARD website.

APP/4E/Selina International Standby Power Workshop - presentations and recommendations.  Co-organised by the IEA 4E - Efficient Electrical End-Use Equipment programme, this March 2010 workshop in Vienna (Austria) discussed a wide range of programmes and policies to quantify and reduce standby power consumption.  Its recommendations can be downloaded here.  Visit the  4E website page.  4E is an IEA collaboration.

Free downloadable energy technology newsletters from IEA international collaborations.
- Greenhouse Issues
– Issue 97, March 2010 – from the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme (IEAGHG).
- IEA HIA News - Volume 3, No. 1, April 2010 - from the International Energy Agency Hydrogen Implementing Agreement (IEA HIA). 

Downloadable IEA R&D Programme Annual Reports.
- IEA OES 2009 Annual report from the Ocean Energy Systems Implementing Agreement (OES-IA) describes ongoing activities of the OES-IA and provides national country summaries; it includes five articles from invited experts.
- 4E 2009 Annual Report contains a record of the activities and achievements undertaken by the IEA Implementing Agreement for a Co-operative Programme on Efficient Electrical End-Use Equipment (4E) during 2009, the first full year of its operation.

India's Downstream Petroleum Sector - This 68-page downloadable study explores pricing and investment dynamics, current pricing practices and sectoral investment. It also looks at potential paths towards market-based reform along which the Indian government may move, while at the same time protecting energy market access for India’s population. Visit the IEA website.

Energy Technology Perspectives 2010 - a pre-sale 10% reduction on the cover price of the IEA's flagship technology publication is offered until end-June 2010. Energy Technology Perspectives 2010 will report on whether the much needed fundamental energy-sector transformation is happening, on which key technologies can play a role, on the costs and benefits, and on the policies needed. Visit the IEA Online Bookshop.

Resources to Reserves 2010 brochure – this four-page leaflet provides insight into the messages and findings of the IEA’s upcoming study on the world’s hydrocarbon resources and the technologies needed to exploit them.  Download from the IEA website.

Energy Policies of IEA Countries - Canada - 2009 Review - the latest in the IEA's series of reviews of energy policies in individual IEA countries. Visit the IEA Online Bookshop, where a summary can be downloaded.  

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18th World Hydrogen Energy Conference, Essen (Germany), 16-21 May 2010. This event for decision takers in politics, industry, research and finance will cover wide-ranging scientific, technological, deployment and policy questions relating to the role of hydrogen and fuel cells in a sustainable energy economy. The conference, which builds on previous conferences dating back to 1976, will feature a training and information session on hydrogen and fuel cells. The IEA Implementing Agreement on Advanced Fuel Cells is represented in the event’s organisation team. Visit the conference website, including the Programme and Session Plan.

Meeting of Experts Group on an Energy Technology Platform, Paris (France), 31 May-1 June 2010. This meeting will bring together energy technology experts from a wide range of countries, regional groups and multilateral agencies to develop an agenda and action plan for a high-level meeting of the International Low-Carbon Energy Technology Platform on 15 October 2010. The mission of this platform is to strengthen existing energy technology mechanisms and platforms through a co-ordinated strategy for international technology collaboration. It will provide a forum where policy makers, business representatives and international experts can together identify optimum policies to broaden application of low-carbon technologies and thus speed transitions to sustainable energy systems best suited to individual countries’ needs. Visit the IEA website. Contact: antonia.gawel@iea.org.

The Solar Utility - 5th IEA PVPS Executive Conference, Montreux (Switzerland), 8-9 June 2010.  This invitations-only event organised by the IEA Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (IEA PVPS) will focus on deployment of solar PV and creation of healthy customer markets for PV electricity. It will provide a unique international forum for decision makers and executives to exchange experience and explore new business opportunities. To learn more, visit the conference website and contact the IEA PVPS Secretariat.  

EURELECTRIC Annual Convention and Conference - New Energy World, Dublin (Ireland), 14-15 June 2010. This year's event will focus on the proactive role played by the electricity industry in the new energy world in achieving a more efficient, carbon-neutral, secure and competitive energy economy. It will be the industry association's first climate-neutral event. Visit the IEA website and the Eurelectric conference site.

Energy Storage – Matching the supply and demand in future - ECES Workshop, Bad Tölz (Germany) 14-16 July 2010. The aim of the workshop is to identify relevant R&D topics for joint activities viewed from the perspectives of the power sector, the grid and the end-use sectors; the workshop will seek suitable ways to co-operate. Visit the event page on the website of the organisers, the IEA Energy Conservation through Energy Storage programme (ECES), an IEA collaboration.

CTI PFAN Africa Forum for Clean Energy Financing (AFRICEF), Johannesburg (South Africa), 21 July 2010. This forum of the newly launched AFRICEF will focus on selected clean energy projects and provide an opportunity to present proposed plans to potential investors. It is co-sponsored by the Climate Technology Initiative (CTI), one of IE's collaborative technology programmes. For more information, go to the AFRICEF website
or contact kuroda@icett.or.jp.

10th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, Amsterdam (the Netherlands), 19-23 September 2010. This tenth conference in the series organised by the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme (IEAGHG) will provide a platform for discussion on finding opportunities to implement greenhouse gas mitigation technologies and overcome the barriers to applying these technologies. Visit the conference website.

16th SolarPACES Conference, Perpignan (France), 21-24 September 2010.  For this event, IEA SolarPACES partners with the European Solar Thermal Electricity Association and with the DERBI French competitiveness cluster (Development of Renewable Energies in Buildings and Industry).  The conference will offer a forum for industry, research, political and financing stakeholders to discuss the future of concentrating solar energy, including a scientific and technical conference programme with a special emphasis on recent R&D results. Visit the conference website.

EUROSUN 2010 - International Conference on Solar Heating, Cooling and Buildings, Graz (Austria), 28 September - 1 October 2010. Organised by the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (SHC), ISES and other bodies, EuroSun 2010 will enable participants to exchange and discuss the latest R&D results and learn more about problems and their solution. Visit the conference website.

Third International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE 2010), Bilbao (Spain), 6-8 October, 2010.  Hosted and organised by the Ente Vasco de la Energía-EVE and Tecnalia, in partnership with the European Ocean Energy Association and the International Energy Agency's Implementing Agreement on Ocean Energy Systems (OES IA), this event will be a meeting place for the world’s leading ocean energy industry firms and experts. Visit the conference website

31st Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre Conference, Seoul (Korea), 26-28 October 2010. This 31st conference of the Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre (AIVC) will enable participants to update on low-energy and sustainable ventilation technologies for green buildings. AIVC is part of the IEA Programme on Energy Conservation in Buildings & Community Systems (ECBCS).  Visit the conference website.

Delhi International Renewable Energy Conference (DIREC) 2010, New Delhi (India), 27-29 October 2010. The DIREC 2010 is the fourth in this International Renewable Energy Conference series. It is a global ministerial-level conference on renewable energy and provides an international forum to address the goal of advancing renewable energy. The IEA supports the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy in making this event a success. See brochure for this event and visit the IEA website.  Contact:  rajneeshk@direc2010.gov.in.

8th International Conference on System Simulation in Buildings, Liege (Belgium), 13-15 December 2010.  Organised by the Thermodynamics Laboratory and the Department of Environmental Sciences and Management of the University of Liege in close co-operation with the IEA Energy Conservation in Buildings and Community Systems Programme (ECBCS), this event will enable researchers and specialists in buildings and in heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems simulation to present papers and discuss the latest developments. Visit the conference website.

Fifth International Conference on Clean Coal Technologies – CCT2011, Saragossa (Spain),  8-12 May 2011.  Organised by the IEA Clean Coal Centre and the Instituto de Carboquímica (ICB), Saragossa, on behalf of the Grupo Español del Carbón, this event  covering  clean coal technologies, developments in carbon capture and zero emissions technologies will provide an international networking opportunity for multiple stakeholders.  Visit the conference web page.

10th IEA Heat Pump Conference, Tokyo (Japan), 16–19 May 2011.  Taking as its theme “Heat Pumps - The Solution for a Low Carbon World”, this event will focus on heat pumps, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment and systems for residential, commercial and industrial applications. It is designed for those interested in technical, market, policy and standards information. Visit the conference website. The IEA Heat Pumps Programme is one of the IEA international energy technology collaborations

Dr Göran Berndes, a task leader within IEA Bioenergy has been awarded the Nordic Council of Ministers' Bioenergy prize, which goes to an individual or organisation for an outstanding contribution to the promotion, use or production of bioenergy. An Associate Professor at Sweden’s Chalmers University of Technology, Dr. Berndes is leader of IEA Bioenergy Task 43 on Biomass Feedstocks for Energy Markets. See the announcement.

The International Energy Agency Hydrogen Implementing Agreement (IEA HIA) is pleased to announce the selection of winners of the inaugural IEA HIA Project Prize, comprising two categories: technology demonstration and fundamental research. For technology demonstration, the winner is the ITHER Project on “Green Hydrogen from Wind and Solar Mobile Applications”, a project within IEA HIA Task 24. In the fundamental research category, the winner is the project on “Fundamental Safety Testing and Analysis of Hydrogen Storage Materials and Systems”, Project H-25 within IEA HIA Task 22. The IEA HIA Project Prize awards will be formally presented during the World Hydrogen Energy Conference (WHEC 2010), 16-21 May in Essen (Germany). To learn more, download the press release and the latest issue of IEA HIA News