The IEA Governing Board holds the governance of the International Energy Agency (IEA). It is supported by several Standing Committees that are made up of member country government officials.
The Committee on Energy Research and Technology (CERT) coordinates and promotes the development, demonstration and deployment of technologies to meet challenges within the energy sector. The CERT has established four working parties:
- the Working Party on Fossil Energy;
- the Working Party on Renewable Energy Technologies;
- the Working Party on Energy End-Use Technologies;
- the Fusion Power Co-ordinating Committee.
The Experts’ Group on R&D Priority-Setting and Evaluation (EGRD) is an informal advisory group under the CERT. It supports CERT delegates with advice on R&D priority-setting, linkages to governmental policy objectives, methods in the evaluation of R&D activities, and an understanding of emerging R&D topics.
The Hydrogen TCP is part of the Working Party on Renewable Energy Technologies (REWP). On 5th and 6th of April, the REWP celebrated its 81st Meeting.
On the first day, the REWP Secretary, Paolo Frankl, and the Chair, Alejandro Moreno, presented the Agenda and the Strategic Issues.
Rabea Ferroukhi, on behalf of the IRENA, presented their World’s Energy Transition Outlook & Strategic Priorities. She also explained key ongoing and upcoming activities and their collaborative frameworks.
After the intervention of Rabea, Paolo Frankl updated the IEA progress in Renewable Energy Division (RED) and Other Relevant Items. He pointed out the global markets & policies, the cross-cutting projects and the regional projects (in China, India, Uzbekistan and Oman). An interesting project was also reported, the Biofuture Platform, an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial.
The Swedish Energy Agency, represented by Åsa Forsum, and Yongqiang ZHAO, from the Energy Research Institute of China, reported the advances of their countries at the end of the first day.
On the second day, the 6th of April, the Technology Collaboration Programmes (TCP) submitted their updates.
- Daniel Mugnier, PVPS TCP Chair, Strategic Communication.
- Kasumi Yasukawa, Geothermal TCP Chair, Strategic Communication.
- Paul Bennett, Bioenergy TCP Chair, Mid-term Report.
- Paul Lucchese, Hydrogen TCP Chair, Mid-term Report.
- Klaus Jorde, Hydropower TCP Secretary, Mid-term Report.
- Tomas Olejniczak, Solar Heating and Cooling (SHC) TCP Chair, Annual Brief.
Our Chair, Paul Lucchese, presented the Mid-term report on the Hydrogen sector overview, Technology & Policy issues, the Hydrogen TCP update and Task 38, as an example of a recently completed Task.
In the Hydrogen sector overview, he introduced the main challenges of the renewable energy sector as well as the reasons why hydrogen is part of the solution.
In the Technology & Policy issues, the Hydrogen National Strategies were presented, with some H2 facts and the International Hydrogen Initiatives.
The TCP update was centered on the upgrade of the former TCP work since 2017, presenting the New Strategic Plan, the current status and the Task Portfolio. Paul also informed the REWP, based on our surveys, the member’s priorities highlighting: Renewable Hydrogen, Hydrogen Export Value Chains, and Hydrogen-based fuels production from Wind and Solar, as the ones with more interest.
To close the slot, the Hydrogen TCP presented Task 38: Power to Hydrogen and Hydrogen to X as an example of a Closed Task. It started in 2016 and finalized the 2021 and was based on a systematic analysis of the techno-economic, legal and regulatory conditions. The Task was composed of 4 Subtasks and it submitted many deliverables such as 6 Plenary session Task meetings, 5 papers, 6 international conferences, 3 technology briefs and a Task Final Report.