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


The changing landscape of hydrogen 

For all the latest updates on the activities of the Hydrogen TCP including new publications, new projects and an update on progress across current projects, visit their website to download the newsletter here

Future perspectives of bioenergy development in Asia

The Bioenergy TCP, in co-operation with NEDO/METI and the Japanese Renewable Energy Institute, is organising a workshop in Tokyo on 6-7 September on bioenergy development in Asia. The workshop will be preceded on 5 September by a site visit to the Showa Shell Kawasaki Biomass Power Plant. More...

Water footprint of European rooftop PV electricity

The water use of photovoltaic electricity has been investigated in very few studies so far, which may be due to the low water demand of PV systems during operation. In this study, produced by the  PVPS TCP, the water consumption and water withdrawal of electricity generated by PV systems were assessed by considering all life cycle stages and by taking account of country-level regional differences in water availability. 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. The report was prepared for professional audiences - notably policy and decision makers - wtih an interest in global energy innovation but no specific technical expertise in hydrogen. Download here.  

Snapshot of global photovoltaic markets 2018

The PVPS TCP produces unbiased reports on the development of PV all over the world, based on information from official government bodies and reliable industry sources. This sixth edition of Snapshot of Global PV Markets aims at providing preliminary information on how the PV markets developed in the last year. The complete Trends in PV Applications report will be published after Q4 2018.

Spotlight on ocean energy

A recent report from the OES TCP entitled Spotlight on Ocean Energy highlights worldwide key projects and political initiatives driving this industrial sector forward. The report provides insights into 20 ocean energy projects and five political initiatives, but there is a much larger number of projects being developed worldwide, details of which can be found on the OES interactive GIS map

Global market development and trends in solar heating and cooling in 2017

The goal of Solar Heat Worldwide, recently published by the SHC TCP, is to give an overview of the general trends, to highlight special applications and outstanding projects, and to document the solar thermal capacity installed in the important markets worldwide. This edition also includes an overview of concentrating solar collectors, which are applied in district heating and for industrial processes. Download here

New global geothermal drilling technologies

A recent report published by the Geothermal TCP summarises new global developments in geothermal drilling technologies. Download here

PVPS TCP 2017 Annual Report

Detailed results of all current  PVPS TCP projects, and the current status of photovoltaics in all 31 member countries, can be found in the recently published 2017 Annual Report. Download here

Valuing hydropower services

A new report, Valuing Hydropower Services: the economic value of energy and water management services provided by hydropower projects with storage, recently published by the Hydropower TCP, summarises the work carried out since 2011 in this area and includes a multi-country review that investigated the many factors contributing to the full value of hydropower and its associated services. Download here

The role of bio-CCS and bio-CCUS in climate change mitigation

The 2017 Annual Report from the Bioenergy TCP leads with an article on bio-CCS and bio-CCUS in climate change mitigation and extended use of biomass raw material. The report also contains updates on the progress of current projects, links to recent publications and reports, and more. Download here

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

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.  

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