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.

TCP news


DHC TCP launches new call for proposals

International research groups led by organisations from the DHC TCP member countries are invited to apply for funding. Potential proposers are encouraged to contact the member or alternate member of their country before starting with a detailed preparation of their proposals. The download link for the call and an overview of members and alternate members can be found on the programme website here. Submissions must be received by 15 February 2017. For general inquiries not answered in the call paper, please contact the Operating Agent by email

Heat pumps in smart grids

The topic for the kick-off issue of the new HPT Magazine, from the HPT TCP, is Smart Grids - Heat Pumps. Other topical articles include, a market overview for space cooling in the United States, flammable refrigerants, and CO2 heat pump water heaters. Download here.   

Energy aware devices offer opportunities to reduce electricity use

Saving energy in buildings has always suffered from a lack of detailed information on how much each individual device within a building actually uses. This report, Energy Aware Devices, Study of Policy Opportunities, published by the 4E TCP's Electronic Devices and Networks Annex (EDNA),presents information and analysis of policy and programme opportunities to reduce electricity use by encouraging devices to become energy aware. Download here.  

Benchmarking benefits Australia's buildings

The November issue of EBC News, from the EBC TCP, features an article on ways in which government and industry in Australia are creating an energy efficient built environment, founded on high profile benchmarking schemes and delivered withint a collaborative culture. Other topics covered in this issue include state-of-the-art for ventilative cooling, occupant behaviour modelling tools, optimised performance of energy supply systems, and implementation of energy strategies in communities. Download here

Policy guidelines for motor driven units 

A first report from a major study by the 4E TCP Electric Motor Systems Annex (EMSA), Policy Guidelines for Motor Driven Units - Part 1, focusing on pumps, fans and compressors, contains a detailed description of existing standards and national regulations covering these products and summaries of their differences. Download from the EMSA publications page here. An Executive Summary is also available as a separate publication. 

Workshop on indoor air quality control in buildings

A workshop, organised by the Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre (AIVC) of the EBC TCP, will take place in Brussels on 14 March 2017. It will address air quality control performance for all building types and ages, with all types of ventilation systems (natural, mechanical, hybrid). Visit the AIVC website for more information

Achievements of energy efficiency programmes 2016 update

The 2016 edition of Achievements of Appliance Energy Efficiency Standards and Labelling Programmes from the 4E TCP records the impacts of programs run in 50 countries, noting that there is "overwhelming evidence that these programs have made a very significant contribution to the reduction of energy use and CO2 emissions, and at a very much lower cost than could have been achieved by other clean energy supply options." Download here

HPT on Heat Pump Technologies 2015 Annual Report

The 2015 Annual Report from the HPT TCP describes the work and highlights of the programme during 2015 and includes an update on two new projects - Hybrid Heat Pumps, and Domestic Hot Water Heat Pumps. Download here

Rethink Energy, Act NOW!

Rethink Energy, Act NOW! is the theme of the 12th Heat Pump Conference organised every three years under the auspices of the HPT TCP, and to be held in Rotterdam from 15-18 May 2017. The goal of the conference goes beyond the traditional topics of energy efficiency, renewables and environment. It will focus on the main solutions and choices that have to be made not only on economics, but on the expectations on future energy situations where energy infrastructure is becoming more and more independent from insecure suppliers. Visit the conference website

The "How To" briefing accompanying the Global Lighting Challenge

An Executive Briefing published by the Solid State Lighting Annex of the 4E TCP offers policy makers a concise overview of some of the national-level approaches, initiatives and ideas used to accelerate LED lighting in the market by the Annex member countries. These best practices show how governments can support adoption of LED technology by raising awareness, providing tangible examples and ensuring widespread understanding and appreciation of the benefits of LED lighting. Download here

4E TCP Annual Report 2015

The 2015 Annual Report by the 4E TCP contains details of all activities and key achievements during the 2015 calendar year. Download here.   

EBC TCP 2015 Annual Report

This Annual Report from the EBC TCP provides highlights from ongoing, recently completed, and new research projects. Download here.

Energy Efficiency Roadmap for Electric Motors and Motor Systems

This report from the 4E TCP - Energy Efficiency Roadmap for Electric Motors and Motor Systems - assesses the current status and trends in the market, standards and the policy environment for energy efficient electric motors and variable frequency drives. It also provides guidance for policy makers on how to maximise energy savings by expanding policies for simple motors to cover the more complex area of motor systems. Download here.  

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