International Energy Agency 5 October 2010
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. Collaborating for an evolving smart-grid future
2. IEA Energy Technology Data Exchange update
3. Spurring energy technology innovation
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Standby power and low-energy networks
5. Energy poverty: early release of WEO 2010 analysis
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New IEA international R&D projects, new participant


Electric vehicles in a smart grid
Heavy-duty vehicle methane engines
New geothermal fact sheet
Heat pumps - compact heat exchangers
Newsletters from IEA programmes
IEA programme annual reports 

Low-Carbon Energy Technology Platform
Transport energy efficiency
Free Key World Energy Statistics 2010
Energy policies of France, Turkey
10% WEO discount till 9 November
New IEA statistical publications  

   


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.

Energy Efficiency and Clean Coal Technologies Workshop, Moscow (Russian Federation), 25-27 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.

 

1. Collaborating for an evolving smart-grid future. The prospect of handling soaring electricity demand within a carbon-constrained energy sector has placed smart grids centre-stage on the global energy scene. A smart-grid future has vast ramifications and involves numerous stakeholders. To explore collaborative pathways towards widespread smart grids and feed into an upcoming IEA smart grids technology roadmap, the IEA organised a “Smart Grid – Smart Customer Policy Workshop” in Washington DC (United States) on 23-24 September. The meeting took place alongside the inaugural GridWise Global Forum, co-hosted by the GridWise Alliance and the United States Department of Energy, and organised in partnership with the IEA and others. To learn more about the promises and challenges of smart grids, the OPEN Bulletin questioned Guido Bartels, Chairman of the GridWise Alliance, and IBM’s General Manager, Global Energy & Utilities Industry. Click here to read the interview.

2. IEA Energy Technology Data Exchange update.  Since 1987, the IEA Energy Technology Data Exchange (ETDE) has been building up vast stores of crucial energy-related scientific, technical and policy information. Its ETDEWEB database now offers more than 4.3 million worldwide energy literature references spanning a multitude of energy fields. ETDE is one of the IEA international energy technology collaborative programmes.  More than 100 countries now have access to its ETDEWEB database. The programme is exploiting advances in information technology to ensure that scientists, researchers, engineers and policy makers around the world can capture ETDE’s massive resources of information. In his article “ETDE: Quenching the Thirst for Energy Research and Technology Knowledge”, Brian Hitson, ETDE’s Executive Committee Chair provides an update.  Access his article here.

3. Spurring energy technology innovation. Speeding innovative low-carbon energy technologies from laboratory to market requires both the “push” of demonstration and the “pull” of market deployment. It calls for comprehensive national energy technology strategies bringing governments and industry together in a process that links basic science to applied energy research, ensures that R&D resources are well spent and catalyses market uptake. To gain more insight on fostering the necessary linkages, the IEA has launched an “Accelerating Energy Technology Innovation” project, providing an international forum to facilitate peer exchange on good practice, including shaping custom-made national strategic programmes. It is underpinned by an informal advisory group of more than 100 members from government, academia, non-governmental organisation and business, in both IEA and non-IEA countries. The summary document and presentations from the project’s kick-off meeting in June can now be downloaded, along with presentations and other material. To learn more, visit the IEA website.

4. Standby power and low-energy networks. It is more than 20 years since standby power was first pinpointed as a policy-making issue. Today, standby power is still a concern, notably because of the growing number of electronic products that eat up electricity in low-power modes and the expanding use of network-connected equipment. A recently published downloadable study, Standby Power and Low Energy Networks - issues and directions, takes an exhaustive look at this complex subject. The 157-page scoping study has been released by the 4E Standby Power Annex of the IEA Efficient Electrical End-Use Equipment programme (4E), in conjunction with the Asia Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate. It explores the technical issues, identifies potential solutions and offers recommendations.
Also downloadable from the 4E website are proceedings from the International Monitoring, Verification and Enforcement Conference - Saving More Energy Through Compliance, co-organised by 4E in London on 14-16 September 2010. 4E is an IEA international collaborative programme.

5. Energy poverty: early release of WEO 2010 analysis. Now downloadable, an excerpt from the forthcoming IEA World Energy Outlook 2010 entitled Energy Poverty: How to make modern energy access universal. This analysis provides valuable insight on the energy-access challenge, its magnitude and the scale of investment needed to provide universal access to modern energy services by 2030. The excerpt was released by the IEA in co-operation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) during the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Summit in New York in September. Visit the WEO energy and development web pages. The IEA World Energy Outlook 2010 will be published on 9 November. Visit the IEA Online Bookshop to learn about a pre‑sale 10% reduction on its cover price.

6. 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 focusing on a "Holistic Assessment Tool-kit on Energy Efficient Retrofit Measures for Government Buildings" (EnERGo) has been created by the IEA Energy Conservation in Buildings and Community Systems  Programme (ECBCS). This Annex 46 will focus on the decision-making process involved.

 • Brazil has become a Contracting Party in the Implementing Agreement for Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems (SolarPACES).

The Energy Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (ERI-RAS) has become a Contracting Party to the Implementing Agreement for a Programme of Energy Technology Systems Analysis (ETSAP).

 • South Africa has become a Contracting Party to the Implementing Agreement for the IEA Clean Coal Centre (IEA CCC) and to the Implementing Agreement for a Programme to Develop and Test Solar Heating and Cooling Systems (SHC IA).

 • The United Kingdom has become a Contracting Party to the Implementing Agreement for a Programme of Research, Development, Demonstration and Promotion of Heat Pumping Technologies (HPP).

Modelling Load Shifting Using Electric Vehicles in a Smart Grid Environment. This newly-published, downloadable IEA working paper focuses on the potential role of electric vehicles (EVs) as a dispatchable, distributed energy storage resource. It proposes a method for simulating the potential benefits of using EVs in load shifting and "vehicle-to-grid" applications for the United States, Western Europe, China and Japan.  Visit the IEA website.

Enhanced Emission Performance and Fuel Efficiency for HD Methane Engines.  This 53-page publication, downloadable from the website of the IEA Advanced Motor Fuels programme (IEA-AMF), provides a literature survey to define the state of the art on methane engines for use in heavy-duty vehicles. IEA-AMF is an IEA international energy technology collaboration.

Renewable Energy Essentials: Geothermal.  This latest fact-sheet from the IEA provides basic statistics for geothermal and reviews the prospects of this energy source, which could be producing more than 1 000 terawatt hours by 2050.  For more in the series, visit the IEA website.

Compact Heat Exchangers in Heat Pumping Equipmentthis 275-page report from the IEA Heat Pump Programme (HPP) provides the findings from the programme’s Annex 33 and a compilation of possible options for compact heat exchangers used as evaporators, condensers and in other roles in heat pumping equipment. To download visit the HPP website publications page (click on "Search" without making any selection). HPP is an IEA international collaboration.

Newsletters from IEA programmes
- AMFI Newsletter - Issue 3/2010, July, from the IEA Implementing Agreement on Advanced Motor Fuels (IEA AMF).
- Bright Spark  - Issue No. 2, August 2010, from the IEA Programme on Efficient Electrical End-Use Equipment (4E).
- IEA Clean Coal Centre Newsletter – Number 62, July 2010 from the IEA Clean Coal Centre (IEA CCC).
- Greenhouse Issues - Issue No. 99, September 2010, from the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme (IEA GHG).

Annual Reports from IEA Programmes
- IEA Wind 2009 Annual Report from the Implementing Agreement for Co-operation in the Research, Development and Deployment of Wind Energy Systems of the IEA (IEA Wind).
- IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme 2009 Annual Report from the IEA Implementing Agreement for a Programme to Develop and Test Solar Heating and Cooling Systems (IEA SHC).

International Low-Carbon Energy Technology Platform: new web page. At the request of the G8 and IEA Ministers, the IEA Secretariat is taking forward proposals for this Platform, open to broad stakeholder participation. Its aim is to accelerate and scale-up action for the development and deployment of clean energy technologies by:  catalysing partnerships and activities at regional and national levels; sharing best-practice technology policy; and reviewing progress on low-carbon technology deployment to help identify gaps in policy and international collaboration. To learn more, visit the Platform's new web page.

Transport Energy Efficiency: Implementation of IEA Recommendations since 2009 and next steps. In 2008, the IEA published 25 energy efficiency recommendations, including four concerning the transport sector. Implementation of the recommendations has been weaker in the transport sector than in others. This paper updates on progress since March 2009. Download from the IEA website.

IEA Key World Energy Statistics 2010. A click away, the latest IEA set of key energy data on the supply, transformation and consumption of all major energy sources. Discover which countries are the world's largest energy producers by fuel, what are regional energy consumption patterns, who are the top-ten electricity importers and exporters and much more. Visit the IEA website.

The latest in the IEA's series of reviews of energy policies in individual IEA countries (summaries can be downloaded):
- Energy Policies of IEA Countries - France - 2009 Review;
- Energy Policies of IEA Countries - Turkey - 2009 Review.  

10% WEO discount till 9 November. The IEA offers a 10% reduction on the cover price of IEA World Energy Outlook 2010 until release on 9 November. This year’s edition of the IEA flagship study presents updated projections – by fuel and by region – on energy demand, production, trade and investment to 2035. It provides important new insight on today’s high-profile energy issues and launches a new scenario that assumes future action by governments to honour their commitments to tackle climate change and growing energy insecurity. Visit the IEA website’s WEO homepage and its Online Bookshop.

Recently published IEA statistical publication. Visit the IEA Online Bookshop to learn about the most recently published IEA statistical publications (electricity, renewables, oil, coal, natural gas, energy statistics and balances).

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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.

Energy Efficiency and Clean Coal Technologies Workshop, Moscow (Russian Federation), 25-27 October 2010. Organised by the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation and the IEA, this three-day workshop aims to assess the importance of energy efficiency and clean technologies at coal-fired power plants and examine the scope for future improvements with a focus on the situation in the Russian Federation. The workshop supported by the Siberian Coal Energy Company and the IEA Coal Industry Advisory Board;  co-organisers are Skochinsky Institute of Mining and All-Russian Thermal Engineering Institute. Invitation to this invitations-only event can be requested from Isabel Murray or Dennis Volk. Visit the IEA 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.