The OPEN Energy Technology Bulletin circulates news of activities, findings, events and publications originating within the IEA Energy Technology Network. Its particular focus is on news from entities coming under the guidance of the IEA Committee on Energy Research and Technology (CERT). Through the OPEN Energy Technology Bulletin, the IEA seeks to generate broader cross-fertilisation of energy technology information and ideas among a readership of energy policy-makers and all those concerned with energy technology issues around the globe. The goal is to create wider awareness of advances in energy technology development and deployment associated with the work of the IEA and its Technology Network.
Transition to Sustainable Buildings - Strategies and Opportunities to 2050.
Buildings, the largest energy-consuming sector in the world, account for more than one-third of total final energy consumption and are an equally important source of CO2
emissions. Achieving significant energy and emissions reduction in the buildings sector is a challenging but achievable policy goal. Transition to Sustainable Buildings
presents detailed scenarios and strategies to 2050, and demonstrates how to reach deep energy and emissions reductions through a combination of best available technologies and intelligent public policy. This IEA study is an indispensible guide for decision makers, providing informative insights on cost-effective options, key technologies and opportunities in the sector. Transition to Sustainable Buildings
is part of the Energy Technology Perspectives
series – and one of three end-use studies, together with industry and transport – which looks at the role of technologies and policies in transforming the way energy is used.
Spotlight on Advanced Metering Infrastructure, AMI Case Book Version 1.0.
A recent publication from the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN
), the lessons learned and best practices presented in the six case studies included in this case book provide qualitative insights into the potential costs and benefits of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), and the associated business cases for investment. Each case presented has its own unique set of characteristics and drivers, which is indicative of the diverse range of motivating drivers for smart grid and AMI globally. It follows then that the specific costs, benefits and business cases vary from case to case. Still, there are a number of best practices and common themes emerging from these cases that are likely to be useful for any jurisdiction investigating or deploying AMI. Those common best practices and insights are presented here
Policy Pathways: A Tale of Renewed Cities
. Transport currently accounts for half of global oil consumption and nearly 20% of world energy use, of which approximately 40% is used in urban transport alone. The IEA expects urban transport energy consumption to double by 2050, despite ongoing vehicle technology and fuel-economy improvements. While increased mobility brings many benefits, the staggering rate of this increase creates new challenges. Urgent energy-efficiency policy attention will be needed to mitigate associated negative noise, air pollution, congestion, climate and economic impacts, all of which can cost countries billions of dollars per year. This report highlights lessons learned and examples of good practice from countries with experience implementing a wide range of measures to improve energy efficiency in urban transport systems. Part of the IEA Policy Pathway series
, A Tale of Renewed Cities
sets out key steps in planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation to achieve improved energy efficiency in urban transport systems.
NEW TECHNOLOGY NETWORK PROJECTS
Two new Tasks from the Solar Heating and Cooling IA (SHC IA):
NEW PARTICIPANTS IN IEA R&D PROGRAMMES
PTT Research and Technology Institute, PTT Public Company Limited, Thailand, has become a Contracting Party in the Advanced Motor Fuels IA (AMF IA
- Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning has become a Contracting Party in Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technologies and Programmes (HEV IA).
- The Principality of Monaco has become a Contracting Party in Ocean Energy Systems (OES IA).
- International Association for Hydrogen Safety (HySafe) has become a Sponsor in the Hydrogen IA.
- Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, France, has become a Contracting Party in the Hydropower IA.
TECHNOLOGY NETWORK PUBLICATIONS
- Wind Energy and Hydrogen Integration, final report from Task 24 of the Hydrogen Implementing Agreement (HIA)
- Health and Safety Aspects of Solid Biomass Storage, Transportation and Feeding, combined effort of Tasks 32, 36, 37 and 40 of the Bioenergy IA
- Rural Electrification with PV Hybrid Systems, and Pico Solar PV Systems for Remote Homes, final reports from Task 9 of the Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (PVPS IA)
- Life Cycle Analysis of Transportation Fuel Pathways, final report from Annex 40 of the Advanced Motor Fuels IA (AMF IA)
- Four new reports from the Renewable Energy Technology Deployment IA (RETD IA):
- RE-ASSUME: A Decision Maker’s Guide to Evaluating Energy Scenarios, Modelling, and Assumptions
- RES-E-NEXT: Next Generation of RES-E Policy Instruments
- RENBAR: Overcoming Environmental, Administrative and Socio-economic Barriers to Renewable Energy Technology Deployment
- RE-COST: Cost and business Comparisons of Renewable vs Non-renewable Technologies
- Latest Policy Briefs from 4E - Efficient Electrical End-Use Equipment (4E IA) for:
All 19 Policy Briefs can be downloaded here with the first 12 of these now also available in French, Korean and Japanese.
- Standby power
- Refrigerated vending machines
- Refigerated retail display cabinets
- Network standby: finding solutions to energy waste
- Measuring success: evaluation methodology for standby power policies
- Tackling standby power wastage with a horizontal policy approach
- "Basket of products" - a global apporach to measuring standby power
- EBC News, June 2013, from the Energy in Buildings and Communities Programme (EBC IA)
- Stellarator News, June 2013 from the Stellarator-Heliotron Implementing Agreement (SH IA)
- Clean Coal Centre Newsletter, June 2013, from the Clean Coal Centre IA (CCC IA)
- Greenhouse News, June 2013, from the Greenhouse Gas programme (GHG IA)
- Solar Update, June 2013, from the Solar Heating and Cooling programme (SHC IA)
- DSM Spotlight, June 2013, from the Demand-Side Management programme (DSM IA)
- AMFI Newsletter, June 2013, from the Advanced Motor Fuels IA (AMF IA)
- Bioenergy News, June 2013, from the Bioenergy IA
- EMSA Newsletter, 1/2013, from the Electric Motor Systems Annex of 4E - Efficient Electrical End-Use Equipment (4E IA).
- Resources to Reserves 2013, an update to the 2005 edition, investigates whether oil and gas resources can be produced at a reasonable cost and in a timely manner, surveying the cutting-edge technologies needed to find, produce and bring them to the market while protecting environmentally sensitive areas. It also analyses the challenges of greenhouse-gas emissions associated with fossil-fuel production. And it considers technological advances for coal, especially as a potential source of liquid and gaseous fuels, as well as the demands on coal production, where the most attractive reserves may already have been exploited.
- Medium-Term Renewable Energy Market Report 2013 assesses market trends for the renewable electricity, biofuels for transport and renewable heat sectors, identifying drivers and challenges to deployment, and making projections through 2018. This IEA report also presents an outlook for renewable electricity technologies, global biofuels supply, final energy use of renewables for heat and prospects for renewable investment.
- 34th Annual IEA-EOR Workshop and Symposium, Stavanger, Norway, 8-12 September 2013.
- 11th IEA International Workshop on Beryllium Technology, Barcelona, Spain, 12-13 September 2013.
- Joint 19th ISHW and 16th IEA-RFP workshop, Padova, Italy, 16-20 September 2013.
- 2nd Post Combustion Capture Conference, Bergen, Norway, 17-20 September 2013.
- 19th SolarPACES Conference, Las Vegas, USA, 17-20 September 2013.
- SHC 2013, International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry, Freiburg, Germany, 23-25 September.
- 3rd IEA Clean Coal Centre Network Workshop on Underground Coal Gasification, Brisbane, Australia, 23-25 September.
- EVS-27, Barcelona, Spain, 17-20 November 2013. This year’s conference will include Ride&Drive, offering participants the opportunity to try all kinds of battery, hybrid and fuel cell electric vehicles in the regular Barcelona traffic.
- 11th IEA Heat Pump Conference, Montreal, Canada, 13-15 May 2014.
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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