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Report from Technology Collaboration Programmes national co-ordination day

On October 2 Caroline Haglund Stignor, assistant manager of HPC, attended the national co-ordination day of the Technology Collaboration Programmes (TCPs) in Prague, Czech Republic.

The meeting was arranged by the Ministry of Industry and trade and of the Czech republic, and the Technology Platform “Sustainable Energy for the Czech Republic” (TPUE) in collaboration with the International Energy Agency (IEA). The aim of the meeting was to discuss the Czech Republic’s current and potential future participation in TCPs.  The national TCP co-ordination days did also provide stakeholders with an opportunity to strengthen representation of national interest and strategies in TCP activities, to exchange information on TCP outputs, identify topics and projects of national interest and enhance communication among research and innovation actors.

Caroline Haglund Stignor gave a presentation about the HPT TCP in order to promote the TCP and raise the Czech Republic’s interest in becoming a member country in the HPT TCP.

Notes from the meeting

The meeting was introduced by Simone Landolina from IEA secretariat who explained how the IEA and the TCPs work.

He told the participants about the IEA Publications which summaries:

  • Where are we today? E.g. the Clean Energy Tracking reports
  • Where do we get there? E.g. the World Outlook and the Energy Technology Perspectives
  • How do we get there? E.g. the “Future of Cooling” report and the different technology roadmaps

Simone Landolina also presented that after remaining flat for three years the CO2 emissions rose again in 2017 to an all-time high level! Climate goals require early emissions peak reduction and technology innovations, and to reach that we will need all the technologies – energy efficiency, renewable energy, carbon capture storage etc. He stated that out of 38 clean energy technologies, only four are on track:

  • Solar PV, driven by strong growth in China, India and US
  • Lighting
  • Data centers and networks
  • Electric cars, 3 million are on the roads today, still only represent 1% of the cars sold

Cooling is NOT on track, electricity demand for Air-Conditioning can more than triple to 2050!

Simone Landolina did also tell the audience that pre-digital energy systems are defined by unidirectional flows and distinct roles, digital technologies enable a multi-directional and highly integrated energy system.

He concluded that:

  • Faster technological innovation can foster economic growth, while also improving energy security and sustainability
  • Out of 38 clean energy technologies 4 are on track, 23 need improvements and 11 are off track.
  • Need to focus on all sectors; lack of progress on some sectors puts even more pressure on others
  • Government policy and market design remain key in spurring innovation, deployment and private investment
  • The IEA remains committed to providing its members with timely data, rigorous analysis, and a unique global network of Technology Collaboration Programmes to accelerate real-word solutions

Thereafter the Technology Collaboration Programmes of Bioenergy, District Heating and Cooling including Combined Heat and Power, Heat Pumping Technologies, Solar Heating and Cooling were presented by representatives from the TCPs. The Demand-Side Management TCP was briefly presented by Simone Landolina from IEA. Those TCPs had been selected since they had been identified as the most interesting ones for participation by the Czechs.

The Czech heat pump market is still small but has set off during the last years. During 2017 about 16 000 heat pumps were sold, according to EHPA.

One conclusion from all the presentations is that the structure of the TCP work differs from TCP to TCP depending history, market and technology. In the end a lot of international collaboration is performed, and many interesting results are achieved. These are necessary and needed in order to reach the energy and climatic ambitions of the IEA!