Annual Report 2015

Appendix 1 - Technology Collaboration Programmes

The International Energy Agency provides support for international collaboration on energy technology research, development, deployment and information dissemination. These energy technology collaboration programmes (formally known as Implementing Agreements or ‘IAs’) function within a framework created by the IEA - the International Framework for International Energy Technology Collaboration - in support of energy security, economic growth, environmental protection and engagement worldwide.

The experts participating in the activities of the TCPs represent public and private sector entities worldwide. Together, these experts share knowledge – and resources – to advance energy technologies. 

This IEA technology collaboration programme is open to IEA member and non-member countries. Typically, participants are:

  • Governmental or energy technology entities representing governments,
  • Research institutes and universities,
  • Energy technology companies.

Each Technology Collaboration Programme has a unique scope and range of activities. There are currently 40 IAs working in the following areas:

  • Efficient end-use technologies (buildings, electricity, industry, transport);
  • Fossil fuels (greenhouse-gas mitigation, supply, transformation);
  • Renewable energies and hydrogen (technologies and deployment) and fusion power (international experiments); and
  • Cross-cutting issues (information exchange, modelling, technology transfer).

Renewable energy technologies provide clean, flexible, standalone or grid-connected electricity and heating or cooling. Ten IAs deal with renewable energy technologies:

  • Bioenergy
  • Geothermal
  • Hydrogen
  • Hydropower
  • Ocean Energy Systems
  • Photovoltaic Power Systems
  • Renewable Energy Technology Deployment
  • Solar Heating and Cooling
  • SolarPACES
  • Wind Energy Systems

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