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RENEWABLE ENERGY AND HYDROGEN 

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

This recent report from the TCP on Solar Heating and Cooling (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.   

Solar heat for industrial processes

Join a discussion on results from the SHC TCP work on solar applications in industrial processes and investment opportunities on 6 July via webinar. This is the second webinar in the series made available by the SHC TCP Solar Academy for heating and cooling in buildings and industry. More... 

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 TCP on Photovoltaic Power Systems (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

Analysis of international offshore wind energy development

A new report from the TCP on Renewable Energy Technology Deployment (RETD TCP) highlights the importance of effective policy in stimulating deployment and driving cost reduction in the offshore wind sector. The study identifies the key success factors that have supported a burgeoning industry in Europe, drawing lessons learned for both policy makers and industry players. Download here

Solar Heat Worldwide 2017 edition

This annual report from the SHC TCP is split into two parts. 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. The second part covers the 2015 market data for 66 countries. Download here

Solar Update newsletter

The May 2017 edition of Solar Update, published by the SHC TCP, highlights a new project on material and component development for thermal energy storage being undertaken jointly by the Technology Collaboration Programmes on Solar Heating and Cooling, and Energy Storage. This issue also casts the spotlight on the United Kingdom, where there are signs of a potential revival in the solar thermal market. Download from the SHC TCP website 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

Fostering renewable industry integration in the industry 

A recent study from the RETD TCP explores 21 case studies of state-of-the-art renewable energy applications in the industry and provides lessons learned for industrial actors and recommendations for policy makers. It finds that renewable energy integration is already widespread, mainly driven by its direct benefits for industrial players in a changing energy environment. The full report, case studies and presentations are available 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.

Vision for international deployment of ocean energy

In their latest report, the OES TCP presents an updated international vision for ocean energy. The document presents the global state-of-the-art in ocean energy and predicts that the sector will directly create 680 thousand jobs and save 500 miilion tonnes of CO2 emissions by 2020. More...

Potential of bioenergy in grid balancing

The significant advances of wind and solar energy in the European Union have created concerns about how to manage the power system that is facing increasing variability and uncertainty. Bioenergy's role in balancing the electricity grid and providing storage options - an EU perspective, published by the Bioenergy TCP, aims to identify those areas in the grid system where bioenergy can play a strategic role. Download here

Predicting electricity production from future solar plants is possible

Predicting electricity production from a solar thermal energy (STE) plant before it is built is crucial for estimating the financial risk and project success. For this reason the TCP on Concentrated Solar Power (SolarPACES TCP) prepared the Guidelines for Bankable STE Yield Assessments which provides a comprehensive analytical framework to more accurately predict the output from STE plants. The framework addresses all players in the project, including researchers, developers and financiers. More information is available here.   

Experience and research supporting power systems with large share of wind energy

A report from the Wind TCP - Design and operation of power systems with large amounts of wind power - summarises recent findings on wind integration from sixteen participating countries. National case studies address impacts of wind on power systems including long-term planning issues and short-term operational impacts. Download here

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