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


Research and innovation needs for smart grid transition (webinar)

The ISGAN TCP, in partnership with the Clean Energy Solutions Center, is hosting a webinar on research and innovation needs for smart grid transition. It will discuss good practice cases of how to identify research and innovation needs for the transition towards future smart girds. In the light of Mission Innovation, the webinar will provide policymakers with a systematic approach to directing research funds not only towards technological development but also towards socio-economic research. Register here

DSM TCP 2016 Annual Report

Read about the key activities and accomplishments of the different DSM TCP projects in 2016, including the activities of the DSM University. Download here.  

ISGAN TCP: latest activity updates

The January issue of the ISGAN TCP newsletter contains brief updates on the latest publications and project activities. Download here.  

Enabling household engagement in smart grids - policy paper

This policy brief on Phase-Sensitive Enabling of Household Engagement in Smart Grids from the ISGAN TCP draws from the findings of a project that ran from 2012-2015. It highlights key success factors for active household engagement in smart grids and offers a summary of key challenges with recommendations for further research on end-user engagement.  Download from the publications page here

Spotlight on a smart and strong transmission and distribution system

Transmission and Distribution (T&D) systems face many new challenges and the system needs to be smarter and stronger to provide the real-time flexibility needed to efficiently handle the new conditions. This case book from the ISGAN TCP is the first step of a comprehensive process of surveying, analysing and discussing important achievements in the application of smart grid approaches. This process will provide valuable findings to guide and inform all parties interested in this field.  Download from the publications page here.

CenterPoint Energy Smart Grid wins the ISGAN 2016 Award of Excellence

The 2016 ISGAN Award of Excellence, which focused on the theme of "Smart Grids for Reliable Electricity Service", was awarded to CenterPoint Energy Smart Grid from the United States. Two other projects were given an Honorable Mention: "ESS for Frequency Regulation of KEPCO", from Korea, and "Automated Impedance Fault Map Prediction for Smart Grid Systems", from the United States. Nominations for the 2017 Award will soon be open. More... 

TCP on High-Temperature Superconductivity Annual Report

For an overview of the challenges facing HTS technology generally, and the most recent activities of the HTS TCP, consult their Annual Report 2015

High Temperature Superconductivity: A roadmap for the electric power sector

This report from the HTS TCP examines the state-of-the-art of the HTS industry and what steps it should take to realise widespread adoption of superconducting based devices. It outlines research and development challenges and needs in the short-, mid- and long-term that can be tracked using metrics. It is also intended to serve as a roadmap for managers in the power sector and their technical advisors, and to facilitate their efforts to guide and support future work towards commercial use of HTS-based technology. Download the Executive Summary

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