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.
Recent activities and findings
The Role of Smart Grids in Integrating Renewable Energy
Flexible, strong, and smart grids play a crucial role in the integration of variable renewable energy (RE). As high levels of variable RE penetration become increasingly common across power systems, attention to grid operations and planning become more important. This discussion paper from the Technology Collaboration Programme on Smart Grids (ISGAN TCP) explores the intersection of smart grid technology, policy, and regulation from a non-technical point of view, focusing on some specific questions relevant for decision makers. Download here.
Energy efficiency: a profit center for companies! A discussion on the multiple benefits of energy efficiency - webinar
The aim of this webinar brought to you by the Technology Collaboration Programme on Demand-Side Management (DSM TCP) is to discuss a methodology to describe and analyse the industrial non-energy benefits of energy efficiency. Linking energy, operational, strategic and financial aspects, this new conceptual framework enables moving away from the view of energy as a commodity and adopting a new perspective on energy and energy services as strategic value for businesses. Register here.
High Temperature Superconductivity: A roadmap for the electric power sector
This document, from the Technology Collaboration Programme on High-temperature Superconductivity (HTS TCP) reports on 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.
International symposium on demand flexibility and renewable energy integration
Representatives from a variety of IEA Technology Collaboration Programmes (TCPs) will join with academics, distribution network operators and industry representatives to discuss enabling flexibility and integration of renewables on the demand side. This event, organised by the DSM TCP, will take place on 9 May in Linz, Austria, as part of Smart Grids Week 2016. Visit the DSM TCP website for more information on this event.
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GRID4U wins Award of Excellence in smart grids
The "GRID4U Large-scale Demonstration of European Smart Distribution Networks" has won the 2015 ISGAN Award of Excellence, announced at the Clean Energy Ministerial on 27 May. The award is supported by the Technology Collaboration Programme on Smart Grids (ISGAN TCP) and the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF). For more on all the prize winners visit the ISGAN TCP website here.
Developing a framework for the branding of energy efficiency
This completed project under the DSM TCP has published two reports looking at Best Practices in Branding of Energy Efficiency, and Case Studies in the Branding of Energy Efficiency. Both reports can be downloaded from the website.