• 32nd AIVC Conference and 1st TightVent Conference 'Towards Optimal Airtightness Performance', Brussels, Belgium, 12-13 October 2011.
• Collaborative Project on Enhanced Oil Recovery : 32nd Annual Symposium and Workshop, Vienna , Austria, 17- 19 October 2011.
•Hydro 2011 Conference and Exhibition - Practical Solutions for a Sustainable Future, Prague, Czech Republic, 17-19 October 2011
• Solar Power International, Dallas, USA, 17-20 October 2011
• International Knowledge Exchange of Smart Grid Demonstration Projects, Scheveningen, The Hague, Netherlands, 18 October 2011
• IEA Energy Technology Network Road Show, Universities of Twente, Amsterdam, Utrecht and Delft, Netherlands, 9-11 November 2011.
• Innostock 2012, Lleida, Spain, 16-18 May 2012
•International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry, San Francisco, USA , 9-11 July 2012
• 11th Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies Conference, (GHGT-11), Kyoto, Japan, 18-22 November, 2012
1. IEA welcomes new Executive Director Maria Van der Hoeven.
On 1 September the International Energy Agency welcomed its new Executive Director, Ms. Maria Van der Hoeven, former Minister of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands. As Minister, Ms. Van der Hoeven took the initiative in advancing several key aspects of her country’s energy policy, including unbundling, infrastructure modernisation and extension, developing the Dutch gas hub policy, and accelerating the development and use of renewables. She is a strong advocate of market principles, promoting transparency and establishing a level playing field. It is her personal conviction that energy production and use should be made comprehensively more efficient and cleaner by improving energy efficiency, developing and using renewables, and producing and using energy otherwise generated in the cleanest possible ways, such as clean fossil fuels and carbon capture and storage. In this video interview Ms. Van der Hoeven outlines her main priorities for the IEA, and what she considers to be the current major global energy-related challenges. See also the IEA Press Release.
2. 4E Motor Policy Guide and Motor Systems Tool.
Electric motor systems are responsible for more than 40% of global electric energy demand. And while technologies to reduce motor system energy consumption by 20-30% exist, they are not being fully implemented. Motor Policy Guide – Part 1: Assessment of Existing Policies is the latest report from the Electric Motor Systems Annex (EMSA) of the Efficient Electrical End-Use Equipment Programme (4E). It analyses a range of current national or regional programmes and offers recommendations for consideration by energy efficiency programme mangers and/or public authority financing programmes. Another recent development from EMSA is a downloadable Motor Systems Tool which calculates the efficiency of complete motor systems. Also now available from 4E, the first in a series of 2-page policy briefs summarising the main findings of work undertaken by the programme. These comprise an overview of the Mapping & Benchmarking Annex and conclusions from the international benchmarking of Refrigerators & Freezers. 4E is one of 42 IEA international collaborative programmes.
3. Energy poverty: special early release of WEO 2011 analysis.
Now downloadable, an excerpt from the forthcoming World Energy Outlook 2011 entitled “Energy for all - financing access for the poor”. The IEA’s World Energy Outlook has, for a decade, highlighted the important issue of providing energy access to the poor, conducting essential analysis on the number of people without modern energy services and the solutions best suited to their needs. This year the World Energy Outlook adds to this analysis by tackling the critical issue of financing, and identifying the level and type that is required to deliver modern energy for all. The report is being released to coincide with a high-level international conference on financing energy access hosted by the government of Norway in co-operation with the IEA. The conference is being attended by the UN Secretary-General, the IEA Executive Director, Heads of State and Ministers, as well as private sector and civil society organisations. Visit the WEO energy and development web pages. The IEA World Energy Outlook 2011 will be published on 9 November. Visit the IEA Online Bookshop to learn about a pre‑sale 10% reduction on its cover price.
4. Joint activities and opportunities in CCS.
At present, the cost of carbon capture and storage (CCS) is a major obstacle to its development and deployment at large scale. Utilisation of captured CO2 offers a means to offset some of the costs of this process. Carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) was therefore the focus of a recent workshop jointly organised by the IEA Working Party on Fossil Fuels (WPFF) and the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) in Beijing. The workshop examined the challenges and opportunities for CCS in China and Chinese plans for a new CCS roadmap. Workshop presentations can be accessed here. Meanwhile, a recently released technology roadmap on Carbon Capture and Storage in Industrial Applications paves the way for low-carbon industrial growth in developed and developing countries by providing a vision of industrial carbon, capture and storage up to 2050. A joint collaboration from the IEA and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), it offers insights to help policy makers evaluate the benefits of CCS technology, and investors a much-needed assessment of the potential for CCS in industry. Consult the IEA web page on CCS industrial applicationsfor further information including the roadmap in a Chinese translation.
5. New IEA international R&D projects, new participants.
- Electric vehicle ecosystems is the focus of recently created Annex XVIII within the Hybrid and Electric Vehicles Implementing Agreement (IA-HEV). This Annex aims to capture practical experience from cities, regions, and businesses that are pioneering advanced plug-in electric vehicle pilot programmes [Brochure].
- Germany and Ireland have become Contracting Parties to the Implementing Agreement for Co-operation on Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technologies and Programmes (IA-HEV)
- Morocco has become a Contracting Party in the Implementing Agreement for Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems (SolarPACES).
- United Kingdom has become a Contracting Party in the Implementing Agreement for a Co-operative Programme on Geothermal Energy Research and Technology (Geothermal IA).
- China has become a Contracting Party in the Implementing Agreement for a Co-operative Programme on Photovoltaic Power Systems (IEA PVPS).
- Ireland has become a Contracting Party in the Implementing Agreement for a Programme of Research and Development on Energy Conservation in Buildings and Community Systems (ECBCS).
- Ireland has become a Contracting Party in the Implementing Agreement for a Co-operative Programme on Smart Grids (ISGAN).
•2011 Annual Outlook for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles. Produced annually by the Hybrid and Electric Vehicles Implementing Agreement (IA-HEV) this year’s report outlines the complexity of matching electric vehicle deployment with the necessary charging infrastructure. Dialogue is crucial and the new IA-HEV Task 18 on Electric Vehicle Ecosystems offers a platform to exchange best-practice knowledge and experience, and aims to play an important role in mapping the conditions required to support the market needed for mass adoption of electric vehicles. Organisations interested in participating should consult the Task 18 brochure.
• Evaluating the co-benefits of low-income energy-efficiency programmes. Fuel poverty has always existed but understanding its causes and the harm that can result is relatively recent. A new programme from the IEA Energy Efficiency Unit is examining innovative energy efficiency policies for mitigating fuel poverty, specifically low-income weatherisation direct investment programmes. This 40-page report from the first workshop looks at methods for incorporating a range of non-energy co-benefits into evaluation of such programmes, and includes a summary of workshop presentations, conclusions, and proposals for further collaborative research.
• Guidebook on Energy Efficient Electric Lighting for Buildings. Whilst lighting is a large and rapidly growing source of energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions, the savings potential is high. This report, available in summary or complete format, concludes the work of Annex 45 of the Energy Conservation in Buildings and Community Systems Programme (ECBCS) and includes a series of case studies and proposals for upgrading standards and codes.
• Bioenergy is the focus of these three new technical reports.
• Resources to Reserves 2011 brochure.This four-page leaflet provides an insight into the messages and findings of the IEA’s upcoming study on the technical challenges facing the upstream fossil fuel industries in the future. It is projected that fossil fuels will continue to make a significant contribution to global energy demand over the coming decades. Conventional reserves, however, are being depleted and access to new reserves is becoming more demanding. Better technology is required to access these reserves more efficiently, in a more environmentally sustainable manner and at a competitive cost. Download from the IEA website.
• Launch of ISGAN website. Visit the website of the recently created Implementing Agreement for a Co-operative Programme on Smart Grids (ISGAN). This IEA collaborative programme seeks to improve understanding of the potential for smart grid technologies to enable reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and energy use at country, regional, and global levels. It focuses high-level government attention on the promise of smart grids to achieve such reductions as well as the challenges to accelerating their deployment.
• Advantage Energy- Emerging Economies, Developing Countries and the Private-Public Sector Interface. This 60-page IEA information paper provides an overview of the energy subsystems of heat, electricity and transport in emerging economies and developing countries. It discusses the role of technology and key barriers, and concludes with an examination of the private-public interface required for deployment. The conclusion summarises key findings and suggests additional efforts needed to move towards more integrated energy systems in these countries. Download here.
• Economical Heating and Cooling for Low Energy Houses. Access the final reports of Annex 32 of the IEA Heat Pump Programme (HPP), the aim of which was to evaluate, assess and enhance integrated heat pump systems for low energy houses with regard to overall energy use and cost. Visit the Annex 32 web pages.
• Climate and Electricity Annual 2011: Data and Analyses. Electricity is at the core of the climate and energy challenge. This IEA publication brings together papers on some critical policy and technology issues related to curbing CO2 from energy: electricity market organisation, the role of electric vehicles, CO2 and renewable policy interactions and more. It also brings latest region-by-region statistics on relevant electricity and CO2 indicators. Consult the summary and press release.
• ENERGY POLICIES OF IEA COUNTRIES – Hungary 2011 Review– the latest in the IEA’s series of review of energy policies in individual IEA countries. Visit the IEA Online Bookshop.
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• 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.
• 32nd Annual Symposium and Workshop of the IEA Collaborative Project on Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) , Vienna , Austria, 17- 19 October 2011. This event will offer an opportunity to share knowledge, interact with world experts and further promote applications of enhanced oil recovery technologies. Visit the event website.
• 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 42 IEA international energy technology collaborations.
• Solar Power International, Dallas, USA, 17-20 October 2011. The IEA Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (IEA PVPS) will be hosted as a partnering organisation at this international conference. Visit the event website.
• International Knowledge Exchange of Smart Grid Demonstration Projects, is a joint workshop of the Implementing Agreements on Electricity Networks Analysis, Research and Development (ENARD) and the International Smart Grids Action Network (ISGAN), Scheveningen, The Hague, Netherlands, 18 October 2011. Visit the conference page.
• IEA Energy Technology Network Road Show. Organised by NL Agency of the Netherlands, this event will take place over three days from 9-11 November and travel to the four Dutch universities of Twente, Amsterdam, Utrecht and Delft. The programme will highlight a different topic at each venue covering energy storage, power and renewable technologies, smart grids and the bio-based economy. The aim is to highlight the importance of the IEA Energy Technology Network to the upcoming generation of students and researchers and to give the universities the opportunity to showcase research they are carrying out in these fields. For further information contact Rebecca van Leeuwen at NL Agency or visit the website (in Dutch only).
• 18th Joint International Stellerator/Heliotron Workshop and 10th Asia Pacific Plasma Theory Conference, Australian National University, Canberra, and Murramurang Beachfront Nature Resort, NSW, Australia, 29 January - 3 February 2012. These meetings will provide a forum for the discussion and dissemination of research in the field of helical fusion magnetic confinement, thereby bridging stellarator and tokamak communities, and fostering Asia-Pacific regional collaboration in theory and modeling. Visit the conference website.
• Innostock 2012, 16-18 May 2012, Lleida, Spain. Sponsored by the IEA Energy Conservation through Energy Storage programme (ECES IA) this conference will examine underground thermal energy storage; sensible, latent and thermochemical energy storage; and electrical storage. Visit the conference website.
• International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry, San Francisco, USA , 9-11 July 2012. This conference offers not only a discussion platform for project results and progress of the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling programme (IEA SHC), but also of the wider solar community. In addition to technical topics, the conference will address market and policy schemes from an international perspective. Visit the event website.
• 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 host, the 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.
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