OPEN Energy Technology Bulletin

Welcome to the OPEN Energy Technology Bulletin, which comes to you from the International Energy Agency (IEA) and its Committee on Energy Research and Technology. It brings regular updates on activities within the IEA Energy Technology Network that are contributing to energy security and protection of the environment and climate worldwide.

May 2012


1. Tracking Clean Energy Progress – Energy Technology Perspectives 2012 early excerpt 
Launched on 25 April at the third Clean Energy Ministerial in London, this 82-page publication is an early excerpt of the forthcoming Energy Technology Perspectives 2012 (ETP2012) to be released in June 2012. The report tracks progress in the global development and deployment of clean energy and energy-efficient technologies in the power generation, industry, buildings, and transport sectors. While the report finds that some clean energy technologies such as onshore wind and solar photovoltaics have made significant progress, the technologies that could lead to the greatest energy and carbon dioxide emissions savings are progressing at the slowest pace. The report recommends that policy makers increase international collaboration and support national clean energy technology goals coupled with appropriate energy financing models. It also outlines a number of key recommendations and supporting actions that will help clean energy technologies gain a better foothold in the mainstream market.  Download here.

2. New initiatives on sustainable energy policies and technologies in the buildings sector 
Reducing the amount of energy consumed in buildings the world over would be a significant step forward in efforts to strengthen energy security and combat climate change.   At a recent workshop organised by the IEA and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the two organisations signed a Memorandum of Understanding, formally agreeing to strengthen their collaboration in a broad range of areas relating to sustainable energy policies and technologies.  These include energy policies in the buildings sector, transport and renewable sectors, and policies and measures that address climate change.  

Meanwhile, the same workshop saw the launch of the Building Energy Efficiency Policies (BEEP) database, a global one-stop shop for buildings energy efficiency policies.  Through BEEP, policymakers, researchers and other stakeholders will have access to policies being implemented, including on: building energy codes, building energy labels, and incentives schemes for capacity building, technical assistance and raising awareness. So far, the database includes information from all IEA member countries as well as China, India, Tunisia, South Africa and Russia.  All countries are welcome to submit information on their buildings energy efficiency policies to be included in the database.  For more information visit the Sustainable Buildings Centre website or contact

3. Six policy actions for accelerated deployment of renewable energy
With the urgency for change so clear and the potential benefits of renewable energy so large, the obvious question is, why isn’t the transition occurring at the necessary pace and scale?  This 12-page document is a summary of the Renewable Energy Action on Deployment (READy) book, to be published in autumn 2012. The book will present a kaleidoscope of policy options that have proven to accelerate the deployment of renewable energy technologies, based on experiences around the world at the local and national levels. Lessons learned from successful case studies are distilled in six essential action points outlined in this summary document from the Renewable Energy Technology Deployment programme (RETD IA). Graphically represented by a six-pointed star, ACTION is the acronym for the six required categories of policy actions:  Alliance building; Communicating knowledge; Target-setting and policy enacting; Integrating renewables into policymaking; Optimising policy frameworks; and Neutralising disadvantages in the marketplace.    Download the summary and press release.  

4. New IEA international R&D projects, new participants

  • The Role of Customers in Delivering Effective Smart Grids is the subject of the new Task XXIII from the Demand-Side Management programme (DSM IA). 
  • Two new projects from the Wind Energy Systems programme (Wind IA):
    • Task 32 - Wind Lidar Systems for Wind Energy Deployment
    • Task 33 - Reliability Data: Standardisation of Data Collection for Wind Turbine Reliability and Maintenance Analyses
  • Instituto de Investigaciones Eléctricas has become a Sponsor in the Implementing Agreement for a Co-operative Programme on Technologies Relating to Greenhouse Gases Derived form Fossil Fuel Use (GHG IA)
  • Austria, Norway and the Russian Federation have become Contracting Parties in the Implementing Agreement for a Co-operative Programme on Smart Grids (ISGAN IA).
  • Belgium has become a Contracting Party in the Implementing Agreement on Industrial Energy-Related Technologies and Systems (IETS IA).
  • The China Academy of Building Research has become a Contracting Party in the Implementing Agreement for a Programme to Develop and Test Solar Heating and Cooling Systems (SHC IA).


  • Global database of bus transport systems launched. A new database which will act as a one-stop-shop for researchers, planners, and policy makers to source information on Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems has been launched by the IEA in partnership with EMBARQ, a division of the World Resources Institute.  This database is the most ambitious, globally encompassing effort to map out BRT systems around the world and will include a web portal, which is publicly available for anyone wishing to access information about BRT data.   Click here to watch a tutorial on how to use the BRT website.
  • Energy Management Programmes for Industry: Gaining through Saving. This fourth report in the IEA Policy Pathway series breaks down its 10 steps into 24 actions that keep policy makers on target as they move from planning to implementation, then monitoring and finally an overall evaluation.  It distils the lessons learned by pioneers, helping policy makers benefit from other governments’ successes in using energy management programmes to counteract barriers to energy efficiency improvement and promote the transition towards more sustainable energy use in industry.  Download here.  
  • Implementing Agreement mechanism increases technological innovation. A recent study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) examinesthe link between participating in an IEA Implementing Agreement (IA) and registering for patents. This working paper, International Technology Agreements for Climate Change – Analysis Based on Co-Invention Data, focuses on seven climate change mitigation technologies (biofuels, CCS, fuel cells, solar PV, hydrogen, energy storage and wind).   Download here.

    The IA mechanism is the focus of two other recent studies. The OECD Science, Technology and Industry Directorate compares and analyses seven multilateral governance mechanisms for science and technology co-operation.  The study will be available October 2012. Meanwhile the IEA Directorate for Sustainable Policy and Technology recently carried out an in-depth functional evaluation of the IA mechanism. The findings and recommendations from the evaluation will appear in the next edition of Energy Technology Initiatives, available December 2012.
  • Energy Policies of IEA Countries – Denmark – 2011 ReviewThe review applauds Denmark’s long-term vision for a low-carbon future – all Danish energy supply is to come from renewable sources by 2050 – and its achievements to date, but also sounds some notes of caution regarding the implementation of such an ambitious strategy. Visit the IEA Online Bookshop.
  • Second issue of IEA Energy.   The Spring 2012 issue of IEA Energy is now available for download. The journal covers a broad range of today’s energy issues, from technology to market developments, and highlights the energy challenges of tomorrow. It features a variety of perspectives from government, industry and other intergovernmental organisations – both in IEA member countries and beyond – as well as from IEA experts. Download IEA Energy.


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  • Innostock 2012, 16-18 May 2012, Lleida, Spain. Sponsored by the Energy Conservation through Energy Storage programme (ECES IA) this conference will examine underground thermal energy storage; sensible, latent and thermo-chemical energy storage; and electrical storage.    Visit the conference website.

  • CTI PFAN Exploratory Workshop – Financing Adaptation Related Projects, Nairobi, Kenya, 13-14 June 2012. Organised by the Climate Technology Initiative Private Financing Advisory Network (CTI PFAN) this workshop is designed to guide CTI PFAN work on adaptation- related projects and will address the essential role of private sector financing in this area.  The ultimate objective of the process is to establish a CTI PFAN network and project development activity, dedicated to connecting private sector investment and financing to adaptation related projects. Visit the event website.  Download the background paper.

  • International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry, San Francisco, USA, 9-11 July 2012.  This conference is the first of a new series of annual conferences to specifically address solar thermal topics.  It offers not only a discussion platform for project results and progress of the Solar Heating and Cooling programme (SHC IA), but also targets a much  wider audience of the  solar community. In addition to technical topics, the conference will address market and policy schemes from an international perspective. Visit the event website.
  • 33rd IEAEOR Symposium, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, 27-30 August 2012.  Hosted by the Petroleum Technology Research Centre, this symposium will present world-leading research in five areas identified as critical by the Enhanced Oil Recovery Implementing Agreement (EOR IA). The programme will include a one-day research workshop on CO2-EOR, and a proposed field trip to SaskPower’s Boundary Dam Power Plant, currently undergoing construction of a carbon capture unit, and the Cenovus Energy Weyburn field CO2 injection facility.  Abstracts due 18 May. Visit the conference website.
  • SolarPACES 2012, Marrakech, Morocco, 11-14 September 2012Against a background of dynamic growth and commercial success of concentrating solar power and chemical energy systems, this symposium offers insights into the latest developments in technology, politics, the market and financing, presented by top experts in the field.  Visit the event website.
  • 10th IEA International Workshop on Beryllium Technology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, 19-21 September 2012.  The workshop objective is to disseminate results of research and technology development in areas relevant to beryllium utilisation in nuclear power systems, both fission and fusion. Visit the event website.
  • 4th International Conference on Ocean Energy 2012, Dublin, Ireland, 17-19 October 2012. Held every two years, this event will bring together some 750 international experts and world-leading companies in ocean energy to share recent experiences from research and demonstration efforts. It aims to accelerate development by stimulating collaboration networks between companies and research and development centres.   A trade exhibition will also see top industrial players demonstrate the latest marine technologies.  Visit the conference website.

  • IEA Bioenergy Conference 2012, Vienna, Austria, 13-15 November 2012.  This conference, targeting stakeholders in R&D, industry and policy, will offer an insight into the recent research and market developments in bioenergy. The conference programme will include all topics dealt with by the Bioenergy Implementing Agreement as well as by partner organisations such as the FAO, GBEP and UNDP.  For more information visit the conference web pages.

  • 11th Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies Conference (GHGT-11), Kyoto, Japan, 18-22 November 2012. Organised by the Greenhouse Gas R&D programme (GHG IA) 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 GHG IA web pages.  To discuss sponsorship opportunities, contact Toby Aiken.

  • Motor Summit 2012, Zurich, Switzerland, 5-6 December 2012.  This fourth Motor Summit will bring together manufacturers, motor system users, utilities, researchers and government representatives to exchange information on the latest developments in new motor technology and motor systems efficiency.  Visit the website pages.

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