No.9, 6 February
HEADLINES IN THIS
1. Algeria joins IEA
Programme on Solar Power and Chemical Energy Systems.
fusion and the longer-term agenda.
3. Optimising automotive R&D in Europe - IEA joins FURORE
4. Claude Mandil takes up his post as IEA's new Executive
5. Upcoming Events
- Enhancing Demand
Response in Liberalised Electricity Markets - IEA Workshop
- IEA Headquarters, Paris, 24-25 February 2003.
International Collaboration on Energy Efficient Bioprocesses,
Bioproducts and the BioBased Economy (BBE) - IEA Workshop,
Ottawa (Canada), 3-6 March 2003.
Gas Conference on Security of Gas - Supply and Investment,
Moscow (Russia), 13-14 March 2003.
Conference on Science and Energy Technology, Moscow
(Russia), 1-2 April 2003.
- Photovoltaic Power
Systems in the Past, Present and Future - IEA PVPS
International Conference 2003 - 10th Anniversary of PVPS - Osaka
(Japan), 19-20 May 2003.
Sustainable Transportation - 20th Anniversary Windsor
Workshop - Toronto, Ontario (Canada), 2-5 June 2003.
- Coal -
contributing to sustainable world development - 12th
International Conference on Coal Science - Cairns, Queensland
(Australia), 2- 6 November, 2003.
6. Publications and websites:
Creating markets for
energy technologies -- Environmental impacts in
the pulp and paper industry -- Energy policies in
Germany -- Experience curves and
IEA Solar Heating &
Cooling Programme's Solar Award
NEWS IN BRIEF
1. Algeria joins IEA Programme on Solar Power and Chemical
Energy Systems (SolarPACES). Algeria's Minister of Energy and
Mining, and former OPEC President, Chakib Khelil, visited IEA
Headquarters in Paris on 13 January for the signing ceremony. This
formalised the accession of Algeria's entity, New Energy Algeria,
the IEA's SolarPACES Implementing Agreement programme. See IEA press
release: http://www.iea.org/Textbase/press/pressdetail.asp?year=2003&keyword=%25&Submit=Submit&PRESS_REL_ID=81 .
Algeria is the second OPEC member to join an IEA Implementing
Agreement programme, and the first to join one of these programmes
dealing with a renewable energy source. Created in 1977, the IEA's
SolarPACES programme focuses on concentrating solar power technology
using troughs, towers and dishes. It is one of some forty that
conduct research and development within the IEA's framework for
collaborative energy technology R&D.
For more about
For more about the collaborative framework:http://www.iea.org/Textbase/techno/iaresults.asp?id_ia=37.
2. Nuclear fusion and the longer-term
agenda. The IEA's Fusion Power Co-ordinating Committee (FPCC)
participates actively in R&D and policy analysis work to confirm
the future role of fusion power on the energy map. To update on
progress with nuclear fusion, the IEA Secretariat has produced a
report, Technology Options: Fusion Power, which is presented
together with a position paper from the IEA's FPCC addressing
the vital questions about why, when, with what economic cost and
environmental benefit, the nuclear fusion option could come into
play. To access this material: http://www.iea.org/Textbase/publications/free_new_Desc.asp?PUBS_ID=941.
A focal point in these papers is finalisation of design of the
International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER). The United
States recently announced that it will join the ongoing negotiations
for construction of this $4.5 billion ITER facility. It is the fruit
of ten years of design and R&D work within one of the largest
international co-operation projects in the technology
3. Optimising automotive R&D in Europe -
IEA joins FURORE think-tank. The IEA has recently signed a
Memorandum of Understanding on Observer participation in the
European Commission-sponsored FURORE thematic network. Focusing on
"Future Road Vehicle Research - A Roadmap for the Future", the
network's mandate is to link and integrate European research
networks in the automotive sector. With the aim of maximising return
on investment from collaborative research at European level, it uses
input from R&D organisations and universities to investigate
potential links between technologies through information exchange
and technology transfer. FURORE's main output will be an Automotive
R&D Technology Roadmap describing needs, priorities and
expectations for automotive research up to 2020, and beyond. Its
elaboration will foster co-operation between policy-makers,
industry, research institutions and international organisations
throughout Europe. The Roadmap will draw on the results of four
workshops evaluating the latest, and potential, road vehicle
technologies. For further information, contact:
4. Claude Mandil takes up his post as IEA's
new Executive Director. At the beginning of February, Claude
Mandil of France succeeded Robert Priddle of the United Kingdom as
Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA). A
former Technical Advisor to the Cabinet of the French Prime
Minister, and Director General for Energy and Raw Materials at the
Ministry of Industry, Mr. Mandil comes to the IEA from the Institut
Français du Pétrole, where he had been Chairman and Chief Executive
Officer since April 2000. For the IEA press release announcing Mr.
Mandil's election: http://www.iea.org/Textbase/press/pressdetail.asp?PRESS_REL_ID=83.
5. Upcoming Events
- Enhancing Demand Response in Liberalised Electricity
Markets - IEA Workshop, IEA Headquarters, Paris, 24-25
February 2003. Curbing greenhouse gas emissions by showing
customers real price signals was one of the promised benefits of
electricity market reform. But even in liberalised electricity
markets, many customers receive fixed tariffs regardless of
wholesale prices and system conditions. How can market forces,
policy and technology work together to ensure that power consumers
have the means to use electricity efficiently? This workshop for
specialists, policy analysts/advisors and industrial practitioners
will address these and other related questions.
For the draft
- Promoting International Collaboration on Energy
Efficient Bioprocesses, Bioproducts and the BioBased Economy
(BBE) - IEA Workshop, Ottawa (Canada), 3-6 March 2003. The
"bio" option is increasingly present in today's world. Developing
and perfecting bioprocesses and bioproducts is more cost-effective
if the R&D effort is undertaken by international teams. Taking
an international perspective, this event will provide a
wide-ranging up-date on the role of bioprocesses and bioproducts,
both today and tomorrow. It is sponsored by the IEA's Working
Party on End-Use Technologies.
For a draft agenda: http://www.iea.org/Textbase/work/workshopdetail.asp?WS_ID=93.
- Natural Gas Conference on Security of Gas Supply and
Investment, Moscow (Russia), 13-14 March 2003. Organised by
IEA with the Russian Ministry of Energy and OAO Gazprom, this
conference will address the changing structure of natural gas
supply and demand worldwide, and the implications for security of
supply, investment and technology. By invitation only, it is
planned for high-ranking gas company executives, representatives
from governments and international bodies, regulatory authorities
and the banking community.
- IEA Conference on Science and Energy Technology,
Moscow (Russia), 1-2 April 2003. Hosted by the Russian Academy of
Sciences and co-organised by the IEA, this event will focus on the
relationship between basic science and the development of clean
energy technologies. It will explore how energy technology
research programmes can better reflect progress in basic science
in the pursuit of a sustainable energy future.
- Photovoltaic Power Systems in the Past, Present and
Future - IEA PVPS International Conference 2003 - 10th
Anniversary of PVPS - Osaka (Japan), 19-20 May 2003. As well as
reviewing the IEA PVPS programme's achievements over the past ten
years, this event will focus on the programme's future missions,
the role of policy measures in relation to photovoltaics around
the world, also some visions of the future for PV industries.
For the conference announcement and access to the PVPS
For direct access to the Conference pages: http://www.iea-pvps.org/products/index.htm.
- Towards Sustainable Transportation - 20th
Anniversary Windsor Workshop - Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 2-5 June
2003. Co-sponsored by the IEA, this event will enable
international experts from the public and private sectors to
compare experience, share information and consider future
developments in all aspects of transport: research, policy, fuel
supply and vehicle manufacturing.
Invitation letter: http://www.iea.org/impagr/cip/pdf/coverletter.pdf.
Call for papers: http://www.iea.org/impagr/cip/pdf/noticeforabstracts.pdf.
Abstracts submission: http://www.iea.org/impagr/cip/pdf/submissionform.pdf.
- Coal - Contributing to Sustainable World Development - 12th International Conference on Coal Science, Cairns,
Queensland, Australia, 2- 6 November, 2003. Organised jointly by
the IEA, the IEA Clean Coal Centre and the hosts, the Australian
Institute of Energy, this event will offer a broad technical
program of plenary lectures and oral and poster presentations on
advances in coal science. Also on the agenda are tours of major
export, mining, and research facilities in Queensland and Southern
Australia. For more information: http://www.aie.org.au/iccs/.
6. Publications & websites
- Creating Markets for Energy Technologies. How
successful are government policies to promote use of the clean
energy technologies we need for a sustainable energy future? It is
performance and cost that will earn these technologies a durable
place in the market. But market forces alone do not always
suffice, and governments act in multiple ways to promote use of
clean technologies. To identify the success factors in such
government action, this IEA publication examines 22 case studies
on effective government support programmes, representing a total
investment of more than €20 billion. To learn more and to
- Assessment of Life-Cycle-Wide Energy-Related
Environmental Impacts in the Pulp and Paper Industry. Many of
the environmental impacts from pulp and paper production stem from
use of energy, also a major generator of operating costs. An
important tool for optimising energy use is benchmarking of energy
consumption. To minimise work on both Life-Cycle-Analysis studies
and energy reporting for benchmarking purposes, the method for
calculating Specific Energy Consumption (SEC) should both
establish an internationally acceptable method by which paper
mills can compare energy consumption, and form a basis for
assessing the environmental impact from energy use for paper
Contacts: Geir Sollesnes, Kjelforeningen Norsk Energi - firstname.lastname@example.org;
Goran Svensson, Miljokompetens, Sweden - email@example.com.
See also website of the IEA Implementing Agreement on Advanced
Energy-Efficient Technologies for the Pulp and Paper Industry: http://www.ieapap.com/.
- Energy Policies of IEA Countries - Germany 2002
Review. The most recent IEA peer review of energy policies in
a Member country.
To learn more and to order: http://www.iea.org/bookshop/add.aspx?id=54.
- Experience Curves: A Tool for Energy Policy Analysis and
Design. Papers from the Workshop at IEA Headquarters in Paris
on 22-24 January 2003 are now available on the IEA website at: http://www.iea.org/Textbase/work/workshopdetail.asp?WS_ID=89.
The workshop was organised jointly by the EU project "Experience
curve: a tool for energy policy programmes assessment" (EXTOOL)
and the international network on Experience Curves for Energy
Technology Policy (EXCETP). Sixth in the series since creation of
EXCETP, the workshop's objective was to assess progress with
experience curves analysis to date and chart the course for future
work. Twenty papers were presented to an audience of 80
participants from 17 countries.
The first IEA
Solar Heating and Cooling Programme's Solar Award will recognise
outstanding international-level leadership or achievements, with
links to the Programme, in the field of solar energy. Nominations
are welcome from individuals, companies, private or public
institutions around the world.