‌There are no quick fixes to long-term energy challenges. To find solutions, governments and industry benefit from sharing resources and accelerating results. For this reason the IEA enables independent groups of experts - the IEA Technology Collaboration Programmes, or IEA TCPs1

IEA Technology Collaboration Programmes (IEA TCPs)


The vision of the IEA TCP on Bioenergy is to make a substantial contribution to future global energy demand by accelerating the production and use of environmentally sound, socially acceptable and cost-competitive bioenergy. Activities include exchanging information on recent developments through studies and workshops; working with industry to develop handbooks and models; providing information for policy-makers and decision-makers; and compiling guidelines and standards on the use of bioenergy.  There are currently 23 Contracting Parties, including Brazil, Croatia and South Africa.

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The goal of the IEA TCP on Geothermal is to provide a framework for international co-operation on R&D. Activities include information sharing; developing best practice on the use of technologies and techniques; exploration, development and utilisation of geothermal; and producing and disseminating authoritative analysis and databases. There are currently 15 Contracting Parties, including Iceland and Mexico, as well as five Sponsors.

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The aims of the IEA TCP on Hydrogen are to accelerate hydrogen implementation and widespread utilisation to optimise environmental protection; improve energy security; and promote economic development internationally while establishing it as a premier global resource for expertise. There are currently 23 Contracting Parties, including Iceland, Lithuania and two intergovernmental organisations.

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The objective of the IEA TCP on Hydropower is to encourage awareness, knowledge and support for the sustainable use of water resources for the development and management of hydropower. This includes applying an interdisciplinary approach to hydropower research: increasing knowledge of a broad range of souses relating to hydropower, exploring areas of common interest among international organizations; disseminating balanced, unbiased information on hydropower; an encouraging hydropower development. There are eight Contracting Parties, including Brazil and China.

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The aims of the IEA TCP on Ocean are to accelerate the viability, uptake and acceptance of ocean energy systems in an environmentally acceptable way. This includes unbiased, quality analysis of technologies to generate electricity from ocean movements (waves, swells, tides, currents), temperature differences or salt concentrations; as well as technologies related to desalination. There are currently 21 Contracting Parties, including China, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa and Monaco.

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The aim of the IEA TCP on Photovoltaics is to enhance the international collaborative efforts that facilitate the role of photovoltaic solar energy as a cornerstone in the transition to sustainable energy systems. This contributes to the cost reduction of PV power applications; increases awareness of the potential and value of PV power systems; fosters the removal of both technical and non-technical barriers; and enhances technology co-operation. There are currently 24 Contracting Parties, including China, Israel, Malaysia and Mexico, and four Sponsors.

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Solar Heating and Cooling

The aims of the IEA TCP on Solar Heating and Cooling are to overcome barriers and increase the solar global market share through research, development and testing of hardware, materials and design tools; expand the solar thermal market; and raise awareness of policy makers and consumers. There are currently 21 Contracting Parties, including China, Mexico, Singapore and South Africa, and one Sponsor.

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Concentrating Solar Power

The aim of the IEA TCP on Concentrating Solar Power is to facilitate technology development, market deployment and energy partnerships for sustainable, reliable, efficient and cost-competitive concentrating solar technologies by providing leadership as the international network of independent experts.  There are 19 Contracting Parties (including Algeria, Brazil, China, Egypt, Israel, Mexico, Morocco, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates) and one Sponsor.

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The mission of the IEA TCP on Wind is to stimulate co-operation on wind energy R&D and to provide high-quality information and analysis to member governments and industry leaders. This is achieved by assessing recent technology developments, deployment best practice, market uptake, and policy instruments. There are 21 Contracting parties, including Mexico, and two Sponsors.

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