OPEN Energy Technology Bulletin

Welcome to the OPEN Energy Technology Bulletin, which comes to you from the International Energy Agency (IEA) and its Committee on Energy Research and Technology. It brings regular updates on activities within the IEA Energy Technology Network that are contributing to energy security and protection of the environment and climate worldwide.

July 2012


  • On the road to a brighter transport future?
    As the IEA prepares to bid farewell to Lew Fulton, leader of the transport technology team and Acting Head, Energy Technology Policy Division, the OPEN Bulletin asked Lew to share his thoughts on the recently released Energy Technology Perspectives 2012, current activities and challenges in the transport field, and a final word on the future.  Download here‌.
  • Social acceptance as a barrier to wind energy development
    Over the past few decades wind power has become a mainstream source of energy in many countries.   And while public opinion polls usually show that large majorities support renewable energies – including wind energy – many projects meet with resistance from local communities or environmental organisations. Social Acceptance of Wind Energy Projects – Winning Hearts and Minds, the final report from Task 28 of the Wind Implementing Agreement (Wind IA), reviews the group’s activities on social acceptance issues from 2008-2011 and proposes to continue the group’s work for a further three-year period.  Download here
  • Best Practices in Designing and Implementing Energy Efficiency Obligation Schemes
    Energy efficiency obligation (EEO) schemes require energy providers, such as electricity and gas companies, to meet quantitative energy savings targets through assisting their customers to implement energy efficiency measures.  Governments in various jurisdictions around the world have endeavoured to improve end-use energy efficiency, and in some cases also achieve other objectives, by designing and implementing EEO schemes. This recent report from Task 22 of the Demand-Side Management Implementing Agreement (DSM IA) includes detailed case studies of 19 different EEO schemes and identifies best practices in designing and implementing such schemes. Download here
  • Release of IEA Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report 2012
    In its first-ever renewable energy market report, the IEA forecasts a 40 percent increase in global renewable power generation in the next five years as deployment opportunities expand. This new annual publication provides a key benchmark, assessing the current state of play of renewable energy, identifying the main drivers and barriers to deployment and projecting renewable energy electricity capacity and generation through 2017. Starting with an in-depth analysis of key country-level markets, which represent 80 percent of renewable electricity generation today, the report examines the prospects for renewable energy finance and provides a global outlook for each renewable electricity technology. The report analyses enablers and barriers to renewable energy deployment in detail, examining larger electricity market issues that have implications for renewable development, including country-level demand projections, anticipated changes in conventional generating capacity and power system integration. Available from the IEA Online bookshop

  • IEA sets out “Golden Rules” for a Golden Age of Gas
    Exploiting the world’s vast resources of unconventional natural gas holds the key to a golden age of gas, but for that to happen governments, industry and other stakeholders must work together to address legitimate public concerns about the associated environmental and social impacts. A special World Energy Outlook report on unconventional gas, Golden Rules for a Golden Age of Gas, released on 29 May in London by the IEA, presents a set of “Golden Rules” to meet those concerns. The report also features two new cases: a Golden Rules Case, in which the highest practicable standards are adopted, gaining industry a "social licence to operate"; and its counterpart, in which the tide turns against unconventional gas as constraints prove too difficult to overcome. Importantly, the impact of the two cases on global gas trade patterns and pricing, energy security and climate is assessed. Download here.  


  • Systems Analysis is the focus of the latest Annex 28 from the Advanced Fuel Cells Implementing Agreement (AFC IA).  The objective of this annex is to assist the development of fuel cells through analysis work to enable a better interpretation of the current status, and the future potential of the technology.  This work will provide a competent and factual information base for technical and economic studies.
  • The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Japan, has become a Contracting Party in the Implementing Agreement for a Co-operative Programme on Smart Grids (ISGAN IA).
  • The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, has become a Contracting Party in the Implementing Agreement for a Programme of Research and Development on Energy Conservation through Energy Storage (ECES IA).
  • The Department of High and New Technology Development and Industrialization of the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China has become a Contracting Party in the Implementing Agreement for a Co-operative Programme on Smart Grids (ISGAN IA). 


  • Solar Heat Worldwide.  The Solar Heating and Cooling Programme (SHC IA) recently published the 2012 edition of Solar Heat Worldwide: Markets and Contribution to the Energy Supply 2010. The publication documents the solar thermal capacity in worldwide markets, assesses the contribution of these systems to energy supplies and evaluates the CO2 emissions avoided by the use of solar energy systems.  Download here
  • Communication Best-Practices for Renewable Energies (RE-COMMUNICATE). The Renewable Energy Technology Deployment programme (RETD IA) has published an open call for tender for the RE-COMMUNICATE study.  The objective of this scoping study is to provide ideas and techniques on how the benefits of renewable energies can be better communicated to and by policy makers and other stakeholders.  Deadline for submission of proposals is 7 September 2012.  See the RETD IA website for further information. 
  • PVPS National Survey Reports. As part of the work of Task 1 of the Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (PVPS IA), annual surveys of PV power applications and markets are carried out in the reporting countries.  The 17th international survey provides an overview of PV power systems applications, markets and production at the end of 2011.  Download here

  • Politics vs Industry: On the Cliff Edge.  Former OPEN Bulletin editor, Mary Harries Magnusson, reports on the key messages from this year’s Eurelectric Annual Conference held in Malta, 4-5 June 2012. Download here‌.
  • The 2012 IEA HIA Project Prize has been awarded to Elcogas for its Pilot Plant for CO2 Capture and H2 Production. The Elcogas Pilot Plant is connected with Task 27 of the Hydrogen Implementing Agreement (HIA), Near-term market routes to hydrogen by co-utilisation of biomass as a renewable energy source with fossil fuels. This task has been dedicated to proving the viability of an industrial route to hydrogen from biomass, in combination with residues and fossil fuels, using existing gasification facilities.  Download the press release
  • Latest releases in the series Energy Policies of IEA Countries - 2012 Reviews:  United Kingdom, Switzerland, and Ireland now available from the IEA bookshop


Latest newsletters from IEA energy technology programmes:


  • 33rd IEAEOR Symposium, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, 27-30 August 2012.  Hosted by the Petroleum Technology Research Centre, this symposium will present world-leading research in five areas identified as critical by the Enhanced Oil Recovery Implementing Agreement (EOR IA). The programme will include a one-day research workshop on CO2-EOR, and a proposed field trip to SaskPower’s Boundary Dam Power Plant, currently undergoing construction of a carbon capture unit, and the Cenovus Energy Weyburn field CO2 injection facility.  Visit the conference website.
  • SolarPACES 2012, Marrakech, Morocco, 11-14 September 2012Against a background of dynamic growth and commercial success of concentrating solar power and chemical energy systems, this symposium offers insights into the latest developments in technology, politics, the market and financing, presented by top experts in the field.  Visit the event website.
  • 10th IEA International Workshop on Beryllium Technology, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, 19-21 September 2012.  The workshop objective is to disseminate results of research and technology development in areas relevant to beryllium utilisation in nuclear power systems, both fission and fusion. Visit the event website.
  • Hydrogen Safety Stakeholder Workshop: Celebrating Progress, Identifying Needs, Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 2-3 October 2012.  Organised by Task 31 of the Hydrogen Implementing Agreement (HIA) this workshop presents a unique opportunity to learn about the current thinking and progress on risk assessment methodologies and applications, work that addresses technical data gaps, and experiences and lessons learned from hydrogen and fuel cell R&D, demonstration and deployment. Download the conference flyer.
  • 33rd AIVC Conference and 2nd TightVent Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark, 10-11 October 2012.  This year’s conference aims to focus on ventilation and infiltration in nearly zero-energy buildings and more particularly on challenges and perspectives for ventilative cooling (the use of ventilation to cool indoor spaces) as well as the rationale and solutions for better building and ductwork airtightness. Visit the event website.  
  • 4th International Conference on Ocean Energy 2012, Dublin, Ireland, 17-19 October 2012. Held every two years, this event will bring together some 750 international experts and world-leading companies in ocean energy to share recent experiences from research and demonstration efforts. It aims to accelerate development by stimulating collaboration networks between companies and research and development centres.   A trade exhibition will also see top industrial players demonstrate the latest marine technologies.  Visit the conference website.

  • IEA Bioenergy Conference 2012, Vienna, Austria, 13-15 November 2012.  This conference, targeting stakeholders in R&D, industry and policy, will offer an insight into the recent research and market developments in bioenergy. The conference programme will include all topics dealt with by the Bioenergy Implementing Agreement as well as by partner organisations such as the FAO, GBEP and UNDP.  For more information visit the conference web pages.

  • 11th Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies Conference (GHGT-11), Kyoto, Japan, 18-22 November 2012. Organised by the Greenhouse Gas R&D programme (GHG IA) and local host, the Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE), GHGT-11 will be held at the Kyoto International Conference Centre.  The GHGT conference series is the principal international platform for exhibiting and discussing new greenhouse gas mitigation technologies.  For more information visit the GHG IA web pages.  To discuss sponsorship opportunities, contact Toby Aiken.

  • Motor Summit 2012, Zurich, Switzerland, 5-6 December 2012.  This fourth Motor Summit will bring together manufacturers, motor system users, utilities, researchers and government representatives to exchange information on the latest developments in new motor technology and motor systems efficiency.  Visit the website pages.

  • International Process Integration Jubilee Conference, Gothenburg, Sweden, 18-20 March 2013.  A unique event for all those interested in industrial energy systems and their possible future role in achieving a more sustainable society, i.e. the industrial process and energy R&D community, decision makers in industry and society as well as policy makers.  Visit the IETS IA website or download the first announcement flyer.  

IEA international collaborative energy technology R&D programmes (also known as Implementing Agreements) function within a framework created by the International Energy Agency (IEA). Views, findings and publications of these programmes do not necessarily represent the views or policies of the IEA Secretariat or of all its individual member countries.

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