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 38 TCPs operating today involve about 6 000 experts from government, industry and research organisations in more than 50 countries1.

TCP news


Biofuels for the marine sector - new opportunities and new challenges

The next webinar in the Bioenergy TCP series on 8 May will give an overview of the marine sector: fuel and engine types used, the fuel supply infrastructure and the regulations on fuel specification and CO2 emissions. The feasibility of current biofuels including their properties and supply will be discussed and opportunities for new types of biofuel will be presented. More...

Managing the carbon balance in freshwater reservoirs

Recognising that the state of knowledge regarding hydropower reservoir GHG emissions contains a large degree of uncertainty and many diverging positions, the Hydropower TCP initiated a project in 2009 with a work programme designed to study the processes connected to man-made reservoir GHG emissions. The outcomes of the research are now available in three volumes. Download here.

OES TCP 2017 Annual Report

The OES TCP 2017 Annual Report looks at the achievements and progress made by each of the 25 OES TCP members throughout 2017. This report reflects the underpinning pivotal benefits of international collaboration, namely the global perspective, knowledge sharing between members and access to advanced innovation teams around the world. This includes the development of a common framework for international stage gate metrics to be used by technology developers, investors and funders. Download here

Wind TCP launches new website

The Wind TCP has announced the launch of its new website and collaborative platform where the public can access information on research tasks, share content, and stay informed on the TCP's activities. Also now available is the January newsletter with highlights from the recent committee meeting held in Mexico, new publications and tools, and more. Download here

International seminar on the status of photovoltaic thermal collectors (PVTs)

Organised by the SHC TCP, a seminar on the status of PVT systems open to the public will take place on 16 May in Freiburg, Germany. The seminar will examine recent developments in the field, exchange on relevant projects and R&D results, and discuss best practice examples of PVT systems. Topics will be presented by experts from different research insitutes and PVT companies. More information and registration here.

Marine renewable energy data and information sharing

A recent webinar from the OES TCP discussed the status of marine renewable energy data collection and availability, the benefits of data and information sharing internationally, promising methods of dissemination and quality control, and an opportunity to contribute to future data organisation and sharing. A recording of the webinar and the slides are available here

Bioenergy success stories

The Bioenergy TCP has begun putting together a collection of short "success stories", defined as projects/initiatives which provide a step forward towards longer-term sustainable bioenergy use. The projects can be at demonstration, pre-commercial or commercial stage, but need to be functioning in an operational environment, with replicability or scale-up potential. Download here.  

Global trends and outlook for hydrogen

This recent publication from the Hydrogen TCP looks at the ways that hydrogen, as a flexible energy carrier, can contribute to solving current environmental problems. Download here.  

Ocean energy in insular conditions

This report from the OES TCP summarises the proceedings of a workshop looking at the opportunities and barriers to local adoption of ocean renewable energy in islands and remote coastal areas of the Asian region. It also tackles the crucial roles of the different stakeholders (academia, policy makers, industry and end-users) that each has to play in contributing to the uptake of ocean renewable energy in Southeast Asia. Download here     

Austria's Climate and Energy Fund wins 2017 SHC Solar Award

The Climate and Energy Fund of Austria is the recipient of the 2017 SHC Solar Award, awarded annually by the SHC TCP. The Climate and Energy Fund challenges how subsidies are implemented through its innovative programme to support market expansion of large-scale solar thermal systems. Download the press release.   

The role of industrial biorefineries in a low-carbon economy

The summary and conclusions from a workshop on the role of industrial biorefineries in a low-carbon economy, organised by the Bioenergy TCP and the IETS TCP earlier this year, is now available. Discussion centred around the barriers and challenges for industrial players in adopting and integrating biorefinery concepts, and includes concrete recommendations for research, industry and policy. Available here

Photovoltaics and firefighters' operations: best practice in selected countries

While PV systems do not pose health, safety or environmental risks under normal operating conditions, it is becoming increasingly important to develop practices and share knowledge on the safe management and risk mitigation of PV systems under non-routine circumstances. This report from the PVPS TCP aims to facilitate the exchange of knowledge on best practices and standards of firefighters'operations in relation to selected countries with considerable deployment of PV systems. Download here

Researching negative emissions technology

Combining CCS with combustion of a low-carbon fuel such as biomass from agricultural crops can actually result in "negative" CO2 emissions. Given this positive result, many climate models factor negative emissions in to their calculations. Yet to allocate these negative emissions appropriately, a deeper and fuller understanding of the various aspects of negative emissions is needed. A workshop event, organised by Chalmers University of Technology with support from the Global Carbon Project and three IEA TCPs (Bioenergy, GHG and IETS) will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden on 22-24 May 2018. Visit the conference website.   

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