The breadth and coverage of analytical expertise in the IEA Technology Collaboration Programmes (TCPs) are unique assets that underpin IEA efforts to support innovation for energy security, economic growth and environmental protection. The 39 TCPs operating today involve about 6 000 experts from government, industry and research organisations in more than 50 countries1.

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The OPEN Bulletin Technology Spotlight zooms in on a particularly interesting outcome reported by one of the 39 IEA Technology Collaboration Programmes.  

Taking stock of the significant outcomes of the IEA Technology Collaboration Programmes

‌‌The global transition to cleaner energy is going to require teamwork on a scale the world has never seen. This argues for strong, resource-efficient, and result-orientated multi-lateral co-operation.

The breadth of the analytical expertise in the IEA Technology Collaboration Programmes (TCPs) – on both energy technologies and markets – and their coverage of all fuel sources, including energy efficiency, are unique assets in promoting such co-operation. The TCPs involve over six thousand experts worldwide who represent nearly 300 public and private organisations located in 51 countries, including a large participation by IEA partner countries, such as China, India, Mexico and Brazil.

The IEA compendium book Technology Collaboration Programmes: Highlights and outcomes is a collection of the significant recent outcomes of the 39 TCPs operating today, including updated statistics of participation worldwide. The publication provides highlights across the full range of TCPs, from high-temperature superconductors in wind power, to vegetable oil as an alternate motor fuel, to wildlife management in the sustainable use of hydropower.

At a time when there are many calls for accelerating innovation, for the promotion of collaborative research and development initiatives, including renewed approaches to “technology transfer”, for enhanced access to finance for clean energy technology development and deployment, it is worth highlighting the “quiet success story” of the TCPs. This sort of global co-operation can lead to the solutions needed to address today’s energy challenges.

To view the introductory video launched at the IEA Ministerial, click here.

The IEA publication Technology Collaboration Programmes: Highlights and outcomes is available here.

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