• Fifth International Conference on Clean Coal Technologies – CCT2011, Saragossa (Spain), 8-12 May 2011.
• 35th EuroHeat & Power Congress "Reduce, Recycle, Replace: Doubling DHC now", Paris (France), 9-10 May 2011
• 10th IEA Heat Pump Conference, Tokyo (Japan), 16–19 May 2011. Click the link to check out new arrangements.
• 1st IEAGHG Post-Combustion Capture Conference (PCCC1), Abu Dhabi, 17-19 May 2011.
• Eighth International Workshop on Mercury Emissions from Coal, Kruger (South Africa), 18-20 May 2011.
• EURELECTRIC Annual Conference 2011, Stockholm (Sweden), 13-14 June 2011.
• 2011 IEAGHG Summer School, Champaign, Illinois (United States), 18–22 July 2011.
• 2nd Oxyfuel Combustion Conference, Queensland, (Australia), 12-16 September 2011.
• IEA Workshop on Quantifying and Managing Land Use Impacts of Bioenergy, Campinas (Brazil), 19-21 September 2011.
• 17th SolarPACES Conference - Concentrating Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems, Granada (Spain), 20-23 September 2011.
• Hydro 2011 Conference and Exhibition - Practical Solutions for a Sustainable Future, Prague (Czech Republic), 17-19 October 2011.
• 32nd AIVC Conference and 1st TightVent Conference "Towards Optimal Airtightness Performance", Brussels (Belgium), 12-13 October 2011.
• 11th Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies Conference (GHGT-11), Kyoto (Japan), 18-22 November, 2012.
1. Triggering a step change for renewables. Turmoil in the Middle East, soaring oil prices, fears over nuclear energy after Japan’s tragic earthquake … in short, many uncertainties. For an energy sector already striving to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, modernise infrastructure and avoid oil spills, such challenges underline the advantages of renewable energy. But is safer, cleaner indigenous renewable energy claiming market share fast enough? Is adequate finance being mobilised to develop and deploy the technology? How can the world exploit more of its abundant energy from sources like wind, solar, bio or geothermal to displace imported fuels and dirty power generation at least cost?
The OPEN Bulletin turned to two leading figures in the IEA’s renewable energy community. Hans Jørgen Koch is newly elected Chair of the IEA’s Working Party on Renewable Energy Technologies (REWP) and founding Chair of the IEA Renewable Energy Technology Deployment programme (RETD). Roberto Vigotti is former REWP Chair and is now exploring new paths to support IEA activities on renewables, notably through the proposed creation of the Renewable Energy Industry Advisory Board, which is expected to channel information, vision and views to the REWP. The joint interview can be accessed here.
2. China and the renewables challenge. China is home to some 14% of the world’s population. Its demand for electricity is expected to almost triple by 2035. As energy security rises steadily on the policy agenda, China is turning increasingly to renewables, drawing on its abundant natural resources. Like other countries, China has seen its share of extreme weather conditions, with dramatic energy-related impact. How is the People’s Republic faring with integrating much more renewables-based electricity into its energy systems? How is it handling power generation issues, transmission and demand-side management? What new approaches might be fruitful? These questions are addressed in the IEA’s recently published working paper Integration of Renewables – Status and Challenges in China. With a special focus on windpower, this publication packs into a concise 30 pages an overview of how China's renewables drive is helping to power rapid economic growth. Readers' comments are invited. Download from the IEA website.
3. Smarter grids: new IEA collaborative programme. Smart grids are moving centre-stage in global scenarios for secure, cost-effective, clean energy. With galloping energy demand, ageing electricity infrastructure and pressing climate issues, electricity networks urgently need intelligent and digital technologies to monitor and manage the transport of reliable, economical electricity from multiple generation sources to end users with varying needs. To accelerate more widespread deployment of smart grid technology, notably through targeted communication, a number of countries have recently joined forces within the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN). Established as an Implementing Agreement programme under the umbrella of the IEA early in April, this new collaborative effort has attracted some 20 countries. ISGAN will serve as a knowledge source for high-level policy makers. It plans to produce a global smart grid inventory, smart grid case studies and benefit-cost analyses and toolkits. Access the ISGAN Factsheet here. Contact: David Elzinga at IEA.
Meanwhile, April saw publication of the IEA’s complete Smart Grids Technology Roadmap. Providing a consensus view on the current status of smart grid technologies from more than 200 representatives of government, industry, academia and consumers, this latest roadmap from the IEA charts a course for smartening the grids between now and 2050. Download this 50-page roadmap from the IEA website.
4. Mobilising more transport-sector biofuels. By 2050, biofuels could be providing 27% of the world’s transportation fuels. Sustainably produced biofuels could contribute significantly to replacing diesel, kerosene and jet fuel, and they could handle one-fifth of carbon dioxide emissions reductions needed in the transport sector. To get there, a series of important milestones needs to be passed, involving concerted action among all stakeholders. Comprehensive directions for getting and staying on track are provided in the IEA’s recently published Technology Roadmap – Biofuels for Transport. This latest release in the IEA technology roadmaps series shows the path to expanding biofuel production in a sustainable way that provides considerable energy security benefits and does not jeopardise food security, biodiversity or social well-being. It points to the lead role that governments must play, notably by ensuring a stable, long-term policy framework for biofuels that will increase investor confidence. Download this biofuels roadmap from the IEA website. See also the IEA press release.
5. IEA’s Clean Energy Progress Report. How far has the world advanced towards its clean energy technology revolution? How much closer is technology taking our societies towards climate change abatement, greater energy security and sustainable economic growth? Progress has been impressive, says the IEA’s Clean Energy Progress Report. But advances have been overshadowed by enduring hunger for fossil fuels. Smarter, more ambitious strategies are needed, supporting concerted public and private commitment. Launched on 6 April at the second Clean Energy Ministerial in Abu Dhabi, this 65-page publication offers an overview of global clean technology deployment status, key policy developments and public spending on RDD&D for clean energy technologies. Renewables, energy efficiency, electric vehicles, nuclear power, biofuels and CO2 capture and storage all come under the microscope. Download the report from the IEA website.
6. New participants in IEA international R&D programmes.
• China has become a Contracting Party in the Implementing Agreement on a Co-operative Programme on Environmental, Safety and Economic Aspects of Fusion Power (the “ESE Fusion Power IA”) and the Implementing Agreement for a Co-operative Programme on Ocean Energy Systems (IEA OES).
• India has become a participant in the Implementing Agreement for Co-operation on Tokamak Programmes. India has also become a Contracting Party in the Implementing Agreement for a Co-operative Programme on Smart Grids (ISGAN).
• Israel has become a Contracting Party in the Implementing Agreement for a Co-operative Programme of Research and Development on Advanced Materials for Transportation Applications (IEA IA AMT).
• Japan has become a Contracting Party in the Implementing Agreement for a Co-operative Programme on Efficient Electrical End-Use Equipment (4E ).
• Switzerland has become a Contracting Party in the Implementing Agreement for a Co-operative Programme on Smart Grids (ISGAN).
• Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has become a Sponsor in the Implementing Agreement for a Co-operative Programme on Photovoltaic Power Systems (IEA PVPS).
• The CTI PFAN Adaptation Initiative. Visit the website of the Climate Technology Initiative (CTI) to learn about the Adaptation Initiative launched by its Private Financing Advisory Network (CTI PFAN). The initiative's aim is to establish a network and activity stream dedicated to connecting private-sector investment/financing with developing countries seeking responses to the impact of global warming, to which they are particularly vulnerable. CTI PFAN will engage with project developers, key stakeholders, communities and investors and financing sources over the coming months and wishes to identifying partners. Contact: Lynne Byaba. CTI is an IEA international collaboration.
• Accelerating the Deployment of Offshore Renewable Energy Technologies. While offshore wind and ocean energy technologies are at different stages of technology development and deployment, and may require different approaches, they may face common hurdles regarding market competitiveness.The IEA Renewable Energy Technolgoy Deployment programme (IEA RETD) has now published the findings from its study to assist policy makers and project developers better understand these barriers and the specifics of offshore renewable energy. Download the reports from the RETD website. IEA RETD is an IEA collaborative programme.
• Financial Cost of Wind Energy. A newly published report from the IEA Wind programme (IEA Wind) explores the multi-component lifetime costs of wind energy projects. Entitled Multi-national Case Study of the Financial Cost of Wind Energy, this 120-page study from IEA Wind's Task 26 focuses on six European countries and the United States. It offers an overview and cross-country comparative analysis, followed by country-specific case studies. Download from the website of IEA Wind, one of the IEA energy technology collaborations.
• Interactions of Policies for Renewable Energy and Climate. From the IEA Secretariat, this 20-page working paper explores the relationships between climate policy and renewable energy policy instruments. It shows that supporting the early deployment of renewable energy technologies is justified by steep learning curves of nascent technologies, reducing costs in the longer term and making renewable energy affordable when it needs to be deployed on a very large scale for climate change mitigation and energy security. Download from the IEA website.
• Cost and Performance of Carbon Dioxide Capture from Power Generation. This IEA Secretariat working paper evaluates cost and performance trends relating to carbon dioxide capture from power generation, based on extensive analysis of data from major engineering studies published between 2006 and 2010.
The 45-page paper discusses the need for further standardisation of evaluation methodologies and additional data for specific CO2 capture routes. Download from the IEA website.
• IEA & Business – Partnering to deliver results. This downloadable brochure presents 13 core projects where the IEA and business work together fruitfully. Case studies show how the IEA initiates dialogue between government and industry to catalyse innovation and help create market demand for new energy solutions. Three new case studies are now featured: the International Low-Carbon Energy Technology Platform, the Energy Training and Capacity Building programme, and the Agency’s work on Smart Grids technology. Download from the IEA website.
• Energy-efficiency in electric motor-driven systems. Electric motor-driven systems (EMDS) account for more than 40% of global electricity consumption. The 40-page IEA information paper Walking the Torque: Proposed Work Plan for Energy-Efficiency Policy Opportunities for Electric Motor-Driven Systems sets out an ambitious but achievable target - with a global work plan - to improve the energy efficiency of EMDS by 10% to 15%. Download from the IEA website.
• IEA district heating & cooling programme welcomes sponsors - the IEA Implementing Agreement on District Heating and Cooling including CHP (IEA-DHC) would be pleased to hear from potential sponsors wishing to participate in its three-year programme of co-operative research from May 2011 to May 2014. Consult the invitation on the website of IEA-DHC, an IEA collaborative programme.
• Airtight buildings. Proceedings are now downloadable from the International Workshop - "Large scale national implementation plans for building airtightness assessment", Brussels (Belgium), 14-15 June 2010. Visit the workshop page on the website of the Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre (AIVC), a project within the IEA Energy Conservation in Buildings and Community Systems Programme (ECBCS), an IEA collaboration.
• First IEA Energy Training Week – Paris, 4-8 April, 2011. More than 100 participants from 45 countries attended the IEA's recent pioneering week of thematic training courses at the Agency's headquarters in Paris. Given the numerous applications for this course, the IEA will consider repeating the event in 2012. To learn more about the IEA's courses, visit the IEA website energy training and capacity-building pages.
• Free newsletters from IEA energy technology programmes.
- AMFI Newsletter – Issue No. 1/2011, April – from the IEA Advanced Motor Fuels programme (IEA-AMF).
- IEA Bioenergy Task 39 Newsletter – No. 27, April 2011 - from the IEA Bioenergy Task on Commercializing Liquid Biofuels.
- 4E Mapping and Benchmarking Newsletter – Issue 5, May 2011 – from the Mapping and Benchmarking Annex of the IEA Efficient Electrical End-Use Equipment programme (4E).
- Greenhouse News - Issue 101, March 2011- from the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme (IEAGHG).
- PVPower Update - Vol. No. 34, March 2011 – from the IEA Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme IEA PVPS.
• Annual reports from IEA energy technology programmes.
- IEA Implementing Agreement on Demand-Side Management Technologies and Programmes 2010 Annual Report from IEA DSM.
- Annual Report 2010 from the IEA Efficient Electrical End-Use Equipment programme (4E).
- IEA Heat Pump Programme Annual Report 2010 from the IEA Heat Pump Programme (HPP).
- IEA Implementing Agreement on Ocean Energy Systems Annual Report 2010 from OES-IA, including three articles under the theme “Key facilitators for ocean energy”.
- IEA Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme Annual Report 2010 PVPS from IEA PVPS.
- IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme 2010 Annual Report from IEA SHC – includes a feature on solar cooling and refrigeration.
• Energy efficiency in the home. Visit the IEA website's guide to cutting costs, reducing pollution and saving energy in your home.
• Energy policies in New Zealand, Norway. The latest in the IEA's series of reviews of energy policies in individual IEA countries (press releases, tables of contents and summaries can be downloaded).
- Energy Policies of IEA Countries - New Zealand - 2010 Review.
- Energy Policies of IEA Countries - Norway - 2011 Review.
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• 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.
• 35th EuroHeat & Power Congress "Reduce, Recycle, Replace: Doubling DHC now", Paris (France), 9-10 May 2011. Co-sponsored by the IEA Implementing Agreement on District Heating and Cooling including the Integration of Combined Heat and Power (IA-DHC), this event will provide delegates with a unique platform for policy issues, business models, customer value, marketing tools and much more. Visit the congress website.
• 10th IEA Heat Pump Conference - originally planned for Tokyo (Japan), 16–19 May 2011.The organizing committees of the 10th IEA Heat Pump Conference have decided to hold a website conference which will give participants the opportunity to communicate with authors via website, since the actual conference will not be held due to the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake. The new registration for the website conference starts from 2 May 2011 at www.hpc2011.org. Please visit the conference website regularly for the latest information and for registration fees. The IEA Heat Pump Programme is one of the IEA international energy technology collaborations.
• 1st IEAGHG Post-Combustion Capture Conference (PCCC1), Abu Dhabi, 17-19 May 2011. Organised by the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme (IEAGHG) and the MASDAR enterprise, this event will provide a forum to discuss issues related to post-combustion carbon capture technology status and development. It will focus more particularly on results, challenges and future plans regarding capture pilot plants and large-scale demonstration projects. For more information, and registration, please visit the IEAGHG website.
• Eighth International Workshop on Mercury Emissions from Coal, Kruger (South Africa), 18-20 May 2011. Organised by the IEA Clean Coal Centre (CCC), an IEA energy technology collaboration, this workshop will facilitate interaction of international experts from utilities, governmental bodies, research institutes and commercial industries, to discuss working together to address the issues associated with mercury emissions from coal combustion.
Visit the workshop website.
•EURELECTRIC Annual Conference 2011, Stockholm (Sweden), 13-14 June 2011. Focusing on the theme ‘delivering investments to meet Europe’s energy and climate needs’, this year's event will address the key questions relating to the urgent need for significant investments in power generation and infrastructure over the next decade. Visit the IEA website and the EURELECTRIC conference site.
• 2011 IEAGHG Summer School in Champaign, Illinois (United States), 18–22 July, 2011. Organised by the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme (IEAGHG) and hosted by the Sequestration Training and Education Program, this summer school targets young scientists with backgrounds in engineering, geo-technologies, socio-economics, who will meet world experts on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). Visit the IEAGHG web pages.
• 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.
• IEA Workshop on Quantifying and Managing Land Use Impacts of Bioenergy, Campinas (Brazil), 19-21 September 2011. Organised jointly by IEA Bioenergy Tasks 38, 40 and 43, this workshop will be hosted by the Brazilian Bioethanol Science and Technology Laboratory. Visit the IEA Bioenergy Task 40 web page and download the announcement.
• 17th SolarPACES Conference - Concentrating Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems, Granada (Spain), 20-23 September 2011. Organised by the IEA SolarPACES programme and hosted by CIEMAT, this major event will offer a forum for industry, research, politics and financing stakeholders to meet leading world experts within the framework of a scientific conference programme. Visit the conference website. The SolarPACES programme is an IEA international collaboration.
• Hydro 2011 Conference and Exhibition - Practical Solutions for a Sustainable Future, Prague (Czech Republic), 17-19 October 2011. This event will bring together high-level delegations from countries with active hydro development programmes under way to discuss priorities, achievements and challenges. Visit the conference website. Hydro 2011 is supported by IEA Hydropower, one of the IEA international energy technology collaborations.
• 32nd AIVC Conference and 1st TightVent Conference 'Towards Optimal Airtightness Performance', Brussels (Belgium), 12-13 October 2011. Organised by the International Network on Ventilation and Energy Performance (INIVE) on behalf of the Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre (AIVC), a project within the IEA Energy Conservation in Buildings and Community Systems Programme (ECBCS), this event will aim to facilitate exchanges and progress on building and ductwork airtightness issues. Visit the AIVC website events page.
• 11th Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies Conference (GHGT-11), Kyoto (Japan), 18-22 November, 2012. Organised by the IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D programme (IEAGHG) and local hosts Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE), GHGT-11 will be held at the Kyoto International Conference Centre. The GHGT conference series is the principal international platform for exhibiting and discussing new greenhouse gas mitigation technologies. For more information visit the IEAGHG web pages. To discuss sponsorship opportunities, contact Toby Aiken.