International Energy Agency 21 July 2010
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Efficient lighting guidebook for buildings
Smart Grids regulation, business models
Status of renewables capacity
Fuels for stationery fuel cells
Private financing for low-carbon projects 

Call for DHC research proposals
Eurelectric convention highlights
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PV in Tomorrow’s Electricity Grids: Problem or Panacea? - Joint workshop of Tasks 1 and 14, IEA PVPS Programme, Valencia (Spain), 8 September 2010

Saving More Energy Through Compliance - 4E Conference, London (United Kingdom), 14-16 September 2010.

Workshop Sustainable feedstock supply for bioenergy and biofuels, Paris (France), 15-16 September 2010.

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

10th Annual Workshop on Greenhouse Gas Emission Trading, Paris (France), 20-21 September 2010.

Inaugural GridWise® Global Forum, Washington (United States), 21-23 September 2010.

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

IEA International Workshop on Liquid Metal Breeder Blankets, Madrid (Spain), 23-24 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 Annual Workshop and Symposium of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Collaborative Project on Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR), Aberdeen, Scotland (United Kingdom) from 18-20 October 2010. 

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.

2nd Oxyfuel Combustion Conference, Queensland, (Australia), 12-16 September 2011. 


Heat Pumps:  call for Rittinger Award candidatures.
The IEA Heat Pump Programme (HPP) seeks candidates for the 2011 Rittinger Award in recognition of distinguished services in favour of heat pumping technology applications.


1. IEA reports at Washington Clean Energy Ministerial
. Three background papers from the IEA on catalysing energy-sector change provided insight for attendees at the first-ever Clean Energy Ministerial, which took place in Washington (United States) on 19-20 July. This major gathering, which followed up on the Major Economies Forum (MEF) Global Partnership’s Technology Action Plans released in December 2009, brought together ministers and stakeholders from more than 20 countries.
Focusing on stimulating market uptake of cost-effective, energy-efficient and clean energy products in a sustainable manner, the downloadable report Transforming Global Markets for Clean Energy Products presents more than 60 pages of analysis on energy-efficient equipment, vehicles and solar photovoltaics. The 14-page study Opportunities to Transform the Electricity Sector in Major Economies points notably to the need to cut subsidies in electricity markets. Global Gaps in Clean Energy RD&D contains 35 pages of information for decision takers seeking to prioritise RD&D investment in times of financial uncertainty.
Addressing ministers, IEA Executive Director Nobuo Tanaka stressed the importance of speeding deployment of clean energy technologies, which can enhance energy security, cut greenhouse-gas emissions, spur economic growth and fight energy poverty around the world.

2. Updating on carbon capture and storage.  In the portfolio of technologies considered the most cost-effective mix to reduce global emissions, carbon capture and storage (CCS) is a key component. Along with renewables technologies, nuclear energy and energy-efficiency improvements, CCS is seen as essential in the arsenal to combat climate change. Since G8 leaders lent their support in 2008 to the launch of 20 large-scale CCS demonstration projects globally by 2010, advances with CCS have certainly gathered pace around the world.  But is progress fast enough?  Valuable insight on efforts to date and the most profitable paths ahead are laid out in the downloadable report Carbon Capture and Storage: Progress and Next Steps. It was presented at this year’s G8 Summit in Muskoka (Canada) in JuneSignificantly, the G8 leaders’ closing declaration said “Several of us commit to accelerate the CCS demonstration projects and set a goal to achieve their full implementation by 2015.” The recent CCS report is based on findings from a review by the IEA and the Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum in co-operation with the Global CCS Institute and it draws on the large body of knowledge that feeds into IEA energy technology analysis. The report can be accessed on the IEA website. For more information on CCS, e-mail the IEA's recently created six-strong CCS team and visit the CCS web pages.

3. Outsourced energy-efficiency packages. In a context of increasing carbon constraints and decreasing energy security, the need to save energy is clear.  Less clear, however, is how to address market barriers to implementing energy-saving technologies in buildings and businesses. What works best to simultaneously overcome the technical, financial, organisational and legal issues involved in becoming more energy efficient?  To find some answers, Task XVI of the IEA Demand-Side Management Programme (IEA-DSM) has been exploring innovative energy contracting as a demand-side tool for exploiting energy-savings potential. The project’s downloadable final report Competitive Energy Services (Energy-contracting, ESCo Services) offers its findings, explaining just why energy-contracting rates high as a smart, multi-purpose instrument for tackling market-linked obstacles to saving energy and costs. The 73-page publication is the fruit of the first phase in the work of IEA-DSM Task XVI, which will continue until June 2012.  Download from the IEA-DSM website (registering is a simple formality). For further reading, including previously published studies, visit the IEA-DSM Task XVI web pages.  

4. Nuclear’s potential 25% of global electricity.  Close to one-quarter of global power could be generated from nuclear plants, thereby contributing greatly to climate change abatement, says the Nuclear Energy Technology Roadmap released on 16 June by the IEA and the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency. Noting that such an achievement would mean more than tripling nuclear generating capacity over the next 40 years, the roadmap nevertheless considers such an ambitious growth rate for nuclear an achievable goal. Mature, low-carbon nuclear technology is poised for rapid expansion, the authors point out, and reaching required levels of expansion will call for no major technological breakthroughs. But persistent policy-related barriers and issues in the industrial, financial and public-acceptance domains will need to be addressed. The 50-page roadmap advocates a series of steps in that direction, including the setting of clear, consistent government policies regarding nuclear. This is the latest in the IEA's series of energy technology roadmaps, which can be downloaded from the IEA website.   

5. Renewables and Southeast Asia.  Reflecting fast rising standards of living and industrial output, energy demand more than doubled in Southeast Asian countries between 1990 and 2007. Power generation increased close to four-fold over those years.  How are renewables faring in this period of fast expansion? Deploying Renewables in Southeast Asia is the title of a new downloadable IEA working paper that explores the potential and barriers for up-scaling market penetration of renewable energy technologies in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The 164-page study focuses on the electricity, heating and transport sectors and offers a set of recommendations to advance more surely towards large-scale diffusion of renewables in Southeast Asia. The full report can be downloaded here;  the Executive Summary here.

6. Energy storage: mapping R&D needs.  As more renewables-based electricity enters the grid and energy systems evolve in multiple ways, energy storage will become an increasingly hot topic. It is one that involves a variety of energy system stakeholders, from power producers to grid operators and to energy consumers in all the main sectors of the economy. R&D needs in this domain were the focus of a 14-16 July workshop organised by the IEA programme on energy conservation through energy storage (ECES).  It took place in Bad Tölz (Germany) under the banner The Role of Energy Storage in Future Energy Systems and brought together experts from various backgrounds to map out ways of working together to advance R&D on high-profile energy storage. The summary report, presentations and other workshop documentation can be found on the website of ECES, one of 41 IEA multilateral co-operative programmes.

7. New IEA international R&D projects, new participants. The portfolios of IEA Implementing Agreement collaborations evolve constantly to meet new challenges. New participants join their teams.

  A new project on the quality of Solid State Lighting (SSL) has been created by the IEA Programme on Efficient Electrical End-Use Equipment (4E). This new Annex will provide guidance on appropriate test methods and performance levels that can be used to identify quality SSLs and remove poorer performing products from the market. To learn more, visit the 4E website and contact the Operating Agent.

  The IEA electric vehicles programme, IA-HEV, has just launched a new project on "System integration and optimization of components for enhanced overall electric vehicle performance". It will assess the current situation regarding system management and monitoring in electric vehicles as well as the configuration of electric drive components and their interfaces. For more information about this new IA-HEV Annex XVII, visit the IA-HEV website page  and contact the Operating Agent.

China has become a Contracting Party in the Implementing Agreement for Co-operation in the Field of Fluidized Bed Conversion of Fuels Applied to Clean Energy Production (IEA-FBC).

Spain has become a Contracting Party in the Implementing Agreement for a Programme of Energy Technology Systems Analysis (ETSAP).

Mitsubishi Corporation has become a Sponsor in the Implementing Agreement for Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems (SolarPACES).

Guidebook on Energy Efficient Electric Lighting for Buildings.This 376-page downloadable guidebook from the Annex 45 project of the IEA Energy Conservation in Buildings and Community Systems programme (ECBCS) is accompanied by a 52-page extended summary. The very comprehensive work covers wide-ranging topics relating to lighting, its technologies and its applications, including case studies and recommendations. Visit the ECBCS Annex 45 web page.  ECBCS is an IEA international R&D programme.

Regulatory Frameworks and Business Models Conducive to the Development of Smart Grids. Recently released into the public domain, this report from the IEA Electricity Networks Analysis, Research and Development programme (ENARD) provides an overview of developments in relation to regulatory frameworks in the increasingly prominent area of Smart Grids. ENARD is an IEA international collaboration.

Renewables 2010 Global Status Report.  This study reports that renewables capacity during 2009 weathered the financial crisis well and continued to grow at rates approaching those in previous years. Published by REN21, on whose steering committee the IEA serves, this report draws on IEA material on renewables policy and market developments in OECD countries. Meanwhile, updating on solar thermal capacity installed in important markets worldwide, the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (IEA-SHC) has now released its annual Solar Heat Worldwide 2010. Also downloadable from the website of the IEA-SHC Programme, Advanced and Sustainable Housing Renovation HandbookConsult the IEA-SHC new publications pages for more reports.  IEA-SHC is an IEA collaborative programme.

Stationary Fuel Cells is the subject of the Final Report Annex XIX Subtask 3 Fuel for Fuel Cells - Summarised Version from the IEA Advanced Fuels Cells programme, one of the IEA collaborations.  The full report is accessible to experts participating in the programme.  

Mobilizing Private Sector Financing for Mitigating Climate Change and Promoting Development using CTI PFAN was the topic of a Climate Technology Initiative (CTI) side event at the UNFCCC, SB32 meetings in Bonn (Germany) on 3 June 2010. A summary and the presentations can be downloaded from the webpage of CTI one of the IEA’s energy technology multilateral co-operative programmes

District heating and cooling: call for research proposals.  A new three-year research period opens in May 2011 for the IEA Implementing Agreement on District Heating & Cooling, including the integration of CHP (IEA-DHC). From 30 August 2010 until 15 October 2010, IEA-DHC will welcome proposals in the fields of: integration of renewables; concept optimisation (heat pumps, low temperatures); policy analysis (energy and carbon savings); and technical network development. Visit the website of  IEA-DHC, an IEA energy technology collaboration.   

Highlights from Eurelectric Annual Convention & Congress, Dublin (Ireland), 14-15 June 2010.  Inspired by the vision of a New Energy World, this year's event brought together some 500 delegates. To learn more, visit the Eurelectric website.  Also, download Eurelectric’s recent report Power Choices - Pathways to Carbon-Neutral Electricity in Europe by 2050. 

Free downloadable newsletters from IEA programmes.
- IEA Bioenergy News - Volume 22(1), June 2010 - from IEA Bioenergy.
- DSM Spotlight - No. 37, June 2010 - from the IEA Demand-Side Management programme (IEA DSM).
- ECBCS News - No 51, June 2010from the IEA Energy Conservation in Buildings and Community Systems (ECBCS) Programme.

Annual reports from IEA programmes.
- IEA Advanced Motor Fuels Annual Report 2009 from IEA  Implementing Agreement on Advanced Motor Fuels (AMF).
- Heat Pumps - Annual Report 2009, from the IEA Heat Pump Programme.
- Annual Report 2009 from the IEA Implementing Agreement for Renewable Energy Technology Deployment IEA-RETD.

IEA World Energy Outlook 2008 can now be downloaded free from the IEA WEO website, which provides a foretaste of the 2010 edition of this IEA flagship publication, scheduled for release on 9 November 2010.

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PV in Tomorrow’s Electricity Grids: Problem or Panacea? - Joint workshop of Tasks 1 and 14, IEA PVPS Programme, Valencia (Spain), 8 September 2010Co-organised by two projects within the IEA Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (IEA PVPS), this workshop will consider what may lie ahead and what technical and demonstration bridges need to be crossed to achieve a significant penetration of PV.  Visit the website of IEA PVPS, one of IEA’s collaborative R&D programmes.

Saving More Energy Through Compliance - 4E Conference, London (United Kingdom), 14-16 September 2010.  Organised by the IEA Implementing Agreement for Efficient End-use Electrical Equipment (4E) in partnership with the Collaborative Labeling and Appliance Standards Program (CLASP) and the UK Government, this event will bring together public and private sector stakeholders to share experiences in the design and operation of their compliance activities. Download the brochure, agenda and registration form from the website of 4E, an IEA international collaboration.

Workshop Sustainable Feedstock Supply for Bioenergy and Biofuels, Paris (France), 15-16 September 2010. Organised by the IEA Secretariat, this workshop will address issues related to biomass and land availability, international biomass trade, biomass costs and sustainability-related topics relevant to bioenergy as well as biofuels. Visit the IEA website.

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.

10th Annual Workshop on Greenhouse Gas Emission Trading, Paris (France), 20-21 September 2010. This 10th annual workshop of the International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) will enable stakeholders from government, business other domains to discuss key issues relating to national and international carbon markets and climate policy. Visit the IEA website.

Inaugural GridWise® Global Forum, Washington (United States), 21-23 September 2010.  This event on smart grids, co-hosted by the GridWise® Alliance and the United States Department of Energy in partnership with IEA, will bring together policy and corporate leaders, technology innovators, legislators, regulators, consumer and environmental advocates as they collaborate to deliver on the promise of a smart grid.  Visit the event's 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.

IEA International Workshop on Liquid Metal Breeder Blankets, Madrid (Spain), 23-24 September 2010. Organised through the Subtask on Liquid Breeder Blankets of the IEA Implementing Agreement on Nuclear Technology of Fusion Reactors, this event will offer a timely opportunity to exchange and discuss the most recent results from ongoing R&D efforts. Visit the workshop 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 Annual Workshop and Symposium of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Collaborative Project on Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR), Aberdeen, Scotland (United Kingdom) from 18-20 October 2010.  This event will offer an opportunity to share knowledge, interact with world experts and further promote applications of Enhanced Oil Recovery technologies in oil and gas fields.  Visit the event 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.

2nd Oxyfuel Combustion Conference, Queensland, (Australia), 12-16 September 2011.  Organised by the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme in partnership with the Callide Oxyfuel Project Ltd. and Xstrata Coal, this event will build on the success of the 2009 event. A central theme will be “Retrofitability of Oxyfuel Combustion Technology to Existing Power Plant”.  Visit the conference page on the website of the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme (IEAGHG), one of the IEA international collaborations.

Heat Pumps -  call for Rittinger Award candidatures. The IEA Heat Pump Programme (HPP) seeks candidates for the 2011 Rittinger Award, which will recognise deserving individuals or teams having distinguished themselves in advancing heat pumping technology applications, market development and related dissemination activities with lasting international impact. For more information and the nomination form, visit the award pages on the HPP website. The Heat Pump Programme is an Implementing Agreement within the IEA Energy Technology Network.

The IEA Heat Pump programme provides information on its activities in several languages:  中文 (Chinese); Deutsch; Español ; Français ; Italiano; 日本語 (Japanese); Português; 한국어 (Korean)