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Recent activities and findings

Request for proposals: electricity market design and renewables deployment

The ETI focusing on renewables deployment policies (RETD) has launched a request for proposals to carry out a study on electricity market design where variable renewables dominate. Deadline for submissions is 19 May 2015. Visit the RETD website for more information

Bioenergy Annual Report 2014

The 2014 Annual Report from the ETI focusing on biomass and biofuels (Bioenergy) contains a special feature 'Quantifying the Climate Effects of Forest-Based Bioenergy: dealing with spatial and temporal boundaries'.  Download from the Bioenergy website here.  

Snapshot of global photovoltaic markets 2014

The ETI focusing on photovoltaics (PVPS) has recently released its new Snapshort report. Preliminary to its Trends Report to be published in Sepember 2015, this report provides estimated data about photovoltaic capacity in the countries reporting to its programme along with additional key markets. Download from the PVPS website here.  

OES to present its 2014 Annual Report at Bilbao Marine Energy Week

The recently released Annual Report from the ETI focusing on ocean energies (OES) will be presented at Bilbao Marine Energy Week (20-24 April 2015). Now available online, the report includes views from three leading project developers on the challenges and opportunities for ocean energy, plus an overview of the current programme of activities and key accomplishments of OES.  Download the press release and the report from the OES website.    

Next generation policy instruments for renewable heating and cooling in commercial buildings

This new publication from the ETI dealing with renewables deployment policies (RETD) analyses current patterns of use of renewable energy sources for heating and cooling in the commercial sector and provides evidence-based policy recommendations for countries in the initiative.  Download the report from the RETD website here.   

Nominations open for solar heating and cooling award

The 2015 SHC Solar Award, awarded by the ETI focusing on solar heating and cooling (SHC) will this year recognise a private sector company that is contributing to the expansion and improvement of solar thermal technology in their buildings, processes, or other area. The award will be presented at SHC 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey in early December and nominations close on 1 May 2015.  More...

Energy from the desert

This new report from the ETI focusing on photovoltaics (PVPS) is the last in a series of publications presenting the results of fifteen years of activity and research on very large scale PV generation systems.  The report shows how very large scale solar electricity generation provides economic, social and environmental benefits, security of electricity supply and fair access to affordable and sustainable energy solutions.  Download from the PVPS website here

Use of variable renewables as flexible resources to support grid operation - workshop

‌The ETIs focusing on smart grids (ISGAN) and photovoltaics (PVPS) will join forces in a joint, free-of-charge workshop to examine the use of variable renewables as flexible resources to support grid operation and power transmission and distribution interaction (TSO-DSO). The event will take place at the Austrian Institute of Technology in Vienna on 18 May 2015. More...

Collection of solar energy and architecture case studies

A free online database of 50 projects from 11 countries highlights how active and passive solar can decrease energy demand.  Visit the website of the ETI focusing on solar heating and cooling (SHC) to download the reports.  

Modeling, design, and optimisation of net-zero energy buildings

This recent publication, is the result of a joint project developed by the ETIs focusing on solar heating and cooling (SHC) and efficiency in buildings and communities (EBC). Download the report from the SHC publications page.   

Turkey to host 4th Solar Heating and Cooling Conference 

The 2015 Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry conference will take place in Istanbul, Turkey from 2-4 December. Jointly organised by the ETI focusing on solar heating and cooling (SHC) and the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation, the conference will focus on latest developments in solar heating and cooling and highlight local market success.  Visit the SHC conference website.       

Integration of variable renewables

This report from the ETI dealing with renewables deployment policies (RETD) analyses the issues and challenges of the integration of variable renewables energy technologies into electricity grids. Volume I outlines the background and methodology, and key findings, while Volume II examines case studies of 10 jurisdictions around the globe.  Both volumes and a PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded from the RETD website here

Bioenergy News

The February 2015 newsletter from the ETI focusing on biomass and biofuels (Bioenergy) features an editorial on the recent workshop on Land Use and Mitigating iLUC, and highlights of other activities, publications and forthcoming events. Download from the Bioenergy website here

South Africa to host SolarPACES 2015 

The 21st SolarPACES conference will take place in Cape Town, South Africa from 13-16 October 2015.  Conference host, the ETI focusing on concentrating solar (SolarPACES) has joined with the  Southern Africa Solar Thermal and Electricity Association, and the European Solar Thermal Electricity Association to unite industry, research, political and financing stakeholders and experts for this event.  Visit the conference website.  

Next generation policy instruments for renewable heating and cooling in the commercial sector

This report from the ETI focusing on renewables deployment policies (RETD) analyses current patterns of use of renewable energy sources for heating and cooling in the commercial sector, and provides evidence-based policy recommendations with a focus on existing buildings.  Download the report from the RETD website here

Consenting processes for ocean energy 

A new report from the ETI focusing on ocean energies (OES) summarises several aspects of the consenting process for ocean energy, based on information provided by the OES membership. The term 'consenting process' is used to describe all of the consents or permissions necessary to deploy a device or array of devices in the sea and is considered a critical barrier for industry and future progress of the sector.  Download from the OES website here.      

Long-term R&D needs for wind energy till 2030

Long-term Research and Development Needs for Wind Energy for the Time Frame 2012-2030 presents the R&D priorities identified by the ETI focusing on wind (Wind). Download from the Wind website here

The Implementing Agreements in the category are reviewed by the Working Party on Renewable Energy Technologies (REWP)

For information on related activities carried out by the IEA Secretariat, see the Renewables topics page.

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