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 Energy Technology Initiatives, or ETIs1.
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Just released, the 2014 Annual Report of the ETI focusing on photovoltaics (PVPS), reports on the status and prospects of the photovoltaic industry in participating countries, plus updates on all its ongoing and recently completed projects. Download from the PVPS website here.
The ETI dealing with renewables deployment policies (RETD) has launched a call for expression of interest to carry out a short scoping study on policies for storing renewable energy. Deadline for submission is 5 June. Terms of reference and further information can be found on the RETD website here.
This new study from the ETI focusing on photovoltaics (PVPS) examines balancing supply and demand at system level, including some aspect of managing congestion in the transmission grids. The report also reviews the state-of-the-art technology for system operation planning and grid reinforcements, and includes a number of detailed case studies of system operation planning. Download from the PVPS website here.
The latest issue of Solar Update from the ETI focusing on solar heating and cooling (SHC) has articles covering a variety of topics including lighting refrofit, process heat integration, ISO partnerships, new publications and more. Download from the SHC website here.
A call for expression of interest has been launched by the ETI dealing with renewables deployment policies (RETD) to carry out a short scoping study on options for the evolution of first generation biofuel production sites. Deadline for submission is 4 June. Consult the RETD website for further details here.
Assessing and comparing retrofit solutions, and the first application of a new monitoring protocol to assess lighting situations before and after retrofit are just two of the topics covered in this newsletter from the ETI focusing on solar heating and cooling (SHC). Download the newsletter from the SHC Task 50 website here.
The 2014 Annual Report from the ETI focusing on biomass and biofuels (Bioenergy) contains a special feature 'Quantifying the Climate Effects of Forest-Based Bioenergy: dealing with spatial and temporal boundaries'. Download from the Bioenergy website here.
The recently released Annual Report from the ETI focusing on ocean energies (OES) was recently presented at Bilbao Marine Energy Week (20-24 April 2015). Also available online, the report includes views from three leading project developers on the challenges and opportunities for ocean energy, plus an overview of the current programme of activities and key accomplishments of OES. Download the report from the OES website.
This new publication from the ETI dealing with renewables deployment policies (RETD) analyses current patterns of use of renewable energy sources for heating and cooling in the commercial sector and provides evidence-based policy recommendations for countries in the initiative. Download the report from the RETD website here.
This new report from the ETI focusing on photovoltaics (PVPS) is the last in a series of publications presenting the results of fifteen years of activity and research on very large scale PV generation systems. The report shows how very large scale solar electricity generation provides economic, social and environmental benefits, security of electricity supply and fair access to affordable and sustainable energy solutions. Download from the PVPS website here.
This recent publication, is the result of a joint project developed by the ETIs focusing on solar heating and cooling (SHC) and efficiency in buildings and communities (EBC). Download the report from the SHC publications page.
The 2015 Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry conference will take place in Istanbul, Turkey from 2-4 December. Jointly organised by the ETI focusing on solar heating and cooling (SHC) and the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation, the conference will focus on latest developments in solar heating and cooling and highlight local market success. Abstracts are due by 6 July. Visit the SHC conference website.
This report from the ETI dealing with renewables deployment policies (RETD) analyses the issues and challenges of the integration of variable renewables energy technologies into electricity grids. Volume I outlines the background and methodology, and key findings, while Volume II examines case studies of 10 jurisdictions around the globe. Both volumes and a PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded from the RETD website here.
The February 2015 newsletter from the ETI focusing on biomass and biofuels (Bioenergy) features an editorial on the recent workshop on Land Use and Mitigating iLUC, and highlights of other activities, publications and forthcoming events. Download from the Bioenergy website here.
The 21st SolarPACES conference will take place in Cape Town, South Africa from 13-16 October 2015. Conference host, the ETI focusing on concentrating solar (SolarPACES) has joined with the Southern Africa Solar Thermal and Electricity Association, and the European Solar Thermal Electricity Association to unite industry, research, political and financing stakeholders and experts for this event. Visit the conference website.
This report from the ETI focusing on renewables deployment policies (RETD) analyses current patterns of use of renewable energy sources for heating and cooling in the commercial sector, and provides evidence-based policy recommendations with a focus on existing buildings. Download the report from the RETD website here.
A new report from the ETI focusing on ocean energies (OES) summarises several aspects of the consenting process for ocean energy, based on information provided by the OES membership. The term 'consenting process' is used to describe all of the consents or permissions necessary to deploy a device or array of devices in the sea and is considered a critical barrier for industry and future progress of the sector. Download from the OES website here.
The Implementing Agreements in the category are reviewed by the Working Party on Renewable Energy Technologies (REWP).
For information on related activities carried out by the IEA Secretariat, see the Renewables topics page.