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.

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Interactive tool catalogues high-temperature superconductivity projects at a glance

A web-based tool developed by the TCP on High-Temperature Superconductivity (HTS TCP) catalogues HTS projects around the world, and highlights projects having made recent progress. Data is separated by region and updated on an as-needed basis.  More... 

HTS TCP Annual Report 2016

High-temperature superconductivity has come a long way since its discovery in 1986. The 2016 Annual Report from the HTS TCP provides a succinct summary of the challenges faced by the technology generally, and an overview of the projects currently managed by the HTS TCP. Download here

Enabling household engagement in smart grids

A recent policy brief from the TCP on Smart Grids (ISGAN TCP) highlights key success factors in achieving active engagement of end-users in smart grid technologies, and recommendations for further research on end-user engagement.  Download from the publications page here.   

Looking ahead with demand-side management

The 2016 Annual Report from the TCP on Demand-Side Management (DSM TCP) focuses on what demand-side management technology offers for the future as well as highlights from its key activities and accomplishments in 2016, including the activities of the DSM University. Download here.  

Spotlight on a smart and strong transmission and distribution system

Transmission and Distribution (T&D) systems face many new challenges and the system needs to be smarter and stronger to provide the real-time flexibility needed to efficiently handle the new conditions. This case book from the ISGAN TCP is the first step of a comprehensive process of surveying, analysing and discussing important achievements in the application of smart grid approaches. This process will provide valuable findings to guide and inform all parties interested in this field.  Download from the publications page here.

High Temperature Superconductivity: roadmap for the electric power sector

This report from the HTS TCP examines the state-of-the-art of the HTS industry and what steps it should take to realise widespread adoption of superconducting based devices. It outlines research and development challenges and needs in the short-, mid- and long-term that can be tracked using metrics. It is also intended to serve as a roadmap for managers in the power sector and their technical advisors, and to facilitate their efforts to guide and support future work towards commercial use of HTS-based technology. Download the Executive Summary

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