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.

TCP news


Austria's Climate and Energy Fund wins 2017 SHC Solar Award

The Climate and Energy Fund of Austria is the recipient of the 2017 SHC Solar Award, awarded annually by the SHC TCP. The Climate and Energy Fund challenges how subsidies are implemented through its innovative programme to support market expansion of large-scale solar thermal systems. Download the press release.   

The role of industrial biorefineries in a low-carbon economy

The summary and conclusions from a workshop on the role of industrial biorefineries in a low-carbon economy, organised by the Bioenergy TCP and the IETS TCP earlier this year, is now available. Discussion centred around the barriers and challenges for industrial players in adopting and integrating biorefinery concepts, and includes concrete recommendations for research, industry and policy. Available here

Photovoltaics and firefighters' operations: best practice in selected countries

While PV systems do not pose health, safety or environmental risks under normal operating conditions, it is becoming increasingly important to develop practices and share knowledge on the safe management and risk mitigation of PV systems under non-routine circumstances. This report from the PVPS TCP aims to facilitate the exchange of knowledge on best practices and standards of firefighters'operations in relation to selected countries with considerable deployment of PV systems. Download here

Wind energy projects in cold climates - recommended practices

Numerous cold climate sites around the world offer great wind energy potential in demanding winter climates but they also pose unique challenges. The purpose of this report from the Wind TCP is to provide the best available recommendations on wind energy projects in cold climates, reduce the risks involved, and accelerate the growth of wind energy production in these areas. Download here.    

Solar energy in urban planning - a collection of international case studies

A recent publication from the SHC TCPIllustrative Prospective of Solar Energy in Urban Planning: a collection of case studies, presents a collection of 34 case studies that address development of the planning process, stakeholder involvement, instruments applied, and the energy technology and environmental impacts addressed in urban planning. Download here.  

Bioenergy in Sweden 

The most recent edition of Bioenergy News from the Bioenergy TCP features an article on bioenergy in Sweden, a list of recent publications, and updates on current projects. Download here

Hydrogen TCP newsletter

The most recent issue of the Hydrogen TCP newsletter contains all the latest information from the Hydrogen TCP, including new publications, recent events and country updates. Download here.    

State-of-the-art of education on solar energy in urban planning

This recent report from the SHC TCP focuses on the important role of education in strengthening the knowledge and competency of those responsible for urban planning. As part of this study, an international survey of nine countries was carried out to identify needs and gaps in order to improve teaching methods at a later stage. The results of the surveys and subsequent interviews will be used to generate an e-learning platform. Download here

Researching negative emissions technology

Combining CCS with combustion of a low-carbon fuel such as biomass from agricultural crops can actually result in "negative" CO2 emissions. Given this positive result, many climate models factor negative emissions in to their calculations. Yet to allocate these negative emissions appropriately, a deeper and fuller understanding of the various aspects of negative emissions is needed. A workshop event, organised by Chalmers University of Technology with support from the Global Carbon Project and three IEA TCPs (Bioenergy, GHG and IETS) will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden on 22-24 May 2018. Abstracts are due by 1 December 2017. Visit the conference website.   

Hydropower asset management 

A new 3-year project from the Hydropower TCP will focus on the decision making process of asset management, and expands on previous work covering the renewal and upgrading of hydropower facilities. A workshop on "Maintenance Works and Decision Making for Hydro Facilities" will take place in Spain in October 2017 and would be of particular interest to owners and managers of ageing hydropower schemes. Visit the Hydropower TCP website for more information

Solar Heating and Cooling TCP 2016 Annual Report

The Global Solar Certification Network, a project under the SHC TCPestablished to streamline testing and certification of collectors between national and regional schemes, is the topic of the feature article in the 2016 SHC TCP Annual Report. The Annual Report also contains information on current and recently completed projects. Download here.   

Snapshot of Global Photovoltaic Markets 2017

This 5th edition of Snapshot of Global Photovoltaic Markets published by the PVPS TCP aims at providing preliminary information about how the PV market developed in the last year. Preliminary market numbers show that the PV market grew significantly in 2016 bringing the total installed capacity  in PVPS TCP countries and key markets to at least 303 GW. Download here

Solar Heat Worldwide 2017 edition

This annual report from the SHC TCP consists of two sections. The first gives an overview of the global solar thermal market development in 2016, and covers general trends and detailed 2016 data on successful applications and the levelised cost of heat while the second covers the 2015 market data for 66 countries. Download here

PVPS TCP 2016 Annual Report

The 2016 Annual Report of the PVPS TCP summarises the actions of member countries and the activities in all research programmes. Download here 

Bioenergy TCP 2016 Annual Report

The 2016 Annual Report from the Bioenergy TCP includes a special feature article on Integrated bioenergy hybrids - flexible renewable energy solutions along with a detailed progress report on each of the different projects carried out in 2016. Download here

Ocean Energy Systems TCP 2016 Annual Report

The TCP on Ocean Energy Systems (OES TCP) 2016 Annual Report covers the latest technology developments and demonstration projects in ocean energy in its 23 member countries. Download here.

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