OPEN Energy Technology Bulletin

The OPEN Energy Technology Bulletin, brought to you by the Secretariat of the International Energy Agency (IEA), focuses on the latest activities and findings from the IEA Energy Technology Network. At the heart of this network are the Implementing Agreements (IAs), a co-operative group of experts who come together to share research and best practice and whose technology-related activities support energy security, economic growth, environmental protection and engagement worldwide.

October 2012


  • Technology briefs profile supply and demand technologies. Are you interested in technical and economic details of more than 50 energy supply and demand technologies? A comprehensive series of concise technology briefs - E-TechDS - Energy Technology Data Source - is currently under development through the Energy Technology Systems Analysis Programme (ETSAP IA).  The briefs, of which 80 are planned, offer updated and quantitative information to analysts, policymakers, investors and media from both developed and developing countries. Each brief provides basic information on process and technology status, performance, costs, potential and barriers for key energy technology clusters, and includes highlights and policy insights, full text and charts, and a summary data table. Since September 2011, ETSAP E-TechDS is also working in cooperation with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to develop and update briefs on renewable energy technologies. Visit the ETSAP E-TechDS pages to access.  
  • Join the discussion on global motor systems efficiency. Organised by the Electric Motor Systems Annex (EMSA) of the Efficient Electrical End-Use Equipment programme (4E IA), the EMSA Motor Systems Forum aims to bring together knowledge from all parts of the world to encourage the manufacture and use of efficient motor systems and ultimately advance the global market transformation.  Manufacturers, motor systems users, university researchers, government officials as well as NGO representatives are invited to participate in the Motor Systems Forum and share their insights and concerns.  Register for the technical discussions and visit the new EMSA website for the latest information on motor systems standards and policies, technology and capacity building. 
  • Energy Technology R&D in emerging economies is the focus of two workshops being hosted by the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) in Beijing from 27-29 November.  The first, “Integrated Approaches to Energy Technologies”, under the auspices of the IEA Networks of Expertise in Energy Technology (NEET), will take place on 27 November 2012 and feature presentations from a number of IEA Implementing Agreement experts [NEET Agenda]. The second, “Energy Technology R&D Needs of Emerging Economies” organised by the IEA Experts’ Group on R&D Priority-Setting and Evaluation (EGRD) on 28-29 November, will bring together R&D experts from China, India and a number of Southeast Asian countries and international organisations.  [EGRD Agenda].  Should you be working in the area of energy R&D in the region and be interested in attending, contact
  • Technology-forcing Standards for Energy Efficiency. A new 55-page report from the Efficient Electrical End-Use Equipment programme (4E IA) examines the major approaches used to encourage technology innovation and discusses how these policy tools can be used by governments to hasten the adoption of higher levels of energy efficiency in technology at a rate sufficient to meet national and international targets. Filled with detailed analysis of previous initiatives, this report provides a description of the previously used policy options and how effective they have been in stimulating technology advancements.  
  • Iraq Energy Outlook to be released on 9 October. Iraq is already the world’s third-largest oil exporter. It has the resources and intention to increase its oil production vastly. Contracts are already in place. Will Iraq’s ambitions be realised? And what would the implications be for Iraq’s economy and for world oil markets? The obstacles are formidable: political, logistical, legal, regulatory, financial, lack of security and sufficient skilled labour. One example: in 2011, grid electricity could meet only 55% of demand. The IEA has studied these issues with the support and close cooperation of the government of Iraq and many other leading officials, commentators, industry representatives and international experts. This special report, in the World Energy Outlook Series, will present the findings. More...  


  • Regions of Belgium has become a Contracting Party to the Implementing Agreement for a Co-operative Programme on Photovoltaic Power Systems (PVPS IA).
  • The United Kingdom has become a Contracting Party to the Implementing Agreement for a Co-operative Programme on Geothermal Energy Research and Technology (Geothermal IA).  


  • Fuel and Technology Alternatives for Buses. This comprehensive report is the culmination of a two-year project carried out in cooperation with IEA’s Implementing Agreements on Alternative Motor Fuels (AMF IA) and Bioenergy (Bioenergy IA), with input from additional Implementing Agreements. The objective of the project was to evaluate energy efficiency and emissions performance and to generate unbiased and solid data for use by policy- and decision-makers responsible for public bus transport systems.
  • Results of Laboratory Comparison Tests on LED Lights.  This new 18-page report from the Solid State Lighting Annex of the 4E IA provides detailed results of tests conducted amongst laboratories in the US, Europe, Japan and China designed to assess their capability to test a set of LED products accurately and to ascertain whether the test standards and samples selected were adequate for making that assessment.  The report summarises the test results which confirmed the competence of these laboratories to make repeatable, reproducible and representative measurements of LED lighting products.
  • Future biomass-based transport fuels. This 24-page workshop summary report provides perspectives on the likely contribution of biomass-derived transportation fuels from the producer and consumer point-of-view, and was organised by the Bioenergy Implementing Agreement (Bioenergy IA).
  • Latest PV trends. For the latest information on PV capacity, growth and major PV market movers consult the IEA PVPS TRENDS Report 2011:Survey Report of Selected IEA Countries between 1992 and 2011, from Task 1 of the Photovoltaic Power Systems programme (PVPS IA).  
  • Trends in Geothermal Applications. Visit the newly designed Geothermal IA website and download the latest survey report on geothermal utilisation and development in Geothermal IA Member Countries from 2000 to 2010.   
  • New 4E policy briefs now available. Recently released by the Mapping and Benchmarking Annex of the 4E IA, six new 2-page policy briefs are now available for download.   
  • Reaching out to the next generation of Dutch energy professionals.  Following on from the success of last year’s Technology Network Road Show, NL Agency is organising a follow-up event to take place from 21-23 November. Carbon capture and storage, demand-side management and energy efficiency in the built environment will be three of the topics covered at three different locations across the country over three days. The aim of this event is to raise awareness of the IEA Energy Technology Network amongst the next generation of Dutch scientists, researchers and energy professionals. Visit the NL Agency web pages


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  • HPP Symposium at Chillventa: The Heat Pump Programme (HPT IA) symposium takes place at the Chillventa Congressing day on 8 October in conjunction with Chillventa 2012, the International Trade Fair for Refrigeration, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Heat Pumps. 
  • 33rd AIVC Conference and 2nd TightVent Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark, 10-11 October 2012.  This year’s conference aims to focus on ventilation and infiltration in nearly zero-energy buildings and more particularly on challenges and perspectives for ventilative cooling (the use of ventilation to cool indoor spaces) as well as the rationale and solutions for better building and ductwork airtightness.
  • 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. A trade exhibition will also see top industrial players demonstrate the latest marine technologies.  
  • PVSEC-22, Hangzhou, China,5-9 November 2012. The conference will host a one day workshop on the PVPS IA on 6 November.  The workshop is open to all registered conference participants and will be held in English with simultaneous translation in Chinese. 
  • 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.  
  • 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.  Registration closes 15 October.   
  • Motor Summit 2012, Zurich, Switzerland, 5-6 December 2012.  This year’s summit will be immediately preceded on 4 December by three 4E Electric Motor Systems (EMSA) workshops on policy, motor tools and testing. 
  • International Process Integration Jubilee Conference, Gothenburg, Sweden, 18-20 March 2013.  A unique event for all those interested in industrial energy systems and their possible future role in achieving a more sustainable society, i.e. the industrial process and energy R&D community, decision makers in industry and society as well as policy makers. 
  • Solar Heating and Cooling 2013, Freiburg, Germany, 23-25 September 2012.  The SHC2013 conference invites technical experts, as well as marketing specialists and policy makers, to present their work and exchange views and ideas.  In addition to key technical topics, the conference will also address market and policy issues.  The call for papers will be published on 1 December. 

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