Germany’s involvement in the International Energy Agency

Research in the international technology network

The International Energy Agency (IEA) enables scientists and other experts to share energy research on a global basis. The IEA’s Technology Network provides the necessary organisational framework for this. The recently published BINE-Themeninfo brochure “Researching in the global network – Germany’s contribution to the International Energy Agency” (I/2014) describes a selection of initiatives in which German institutions are actively involved. Themes include energy-efficient buildings, smart grids, energy storage systems and renewable energy sources.

The BINE-Themeninfo brochure focuses on technology initiatives (Implementing Agreements) in which German institutions are engaged. Germany is currently active in 28 of 40 ongoing Implementing Agreements. The brochure presents ten of them in greater detail, whereby the focus is on energy efficiency technologies for buildings, smart grids, district heating networks, energy storage systems and heat pumps. The Photovoltaics, Wind Power, Geothermal Energy and Solar Heating and Cooling initiatives are described from the renewable energy sector. Activities concerned with power plant technology are also focussed on.

The brochure provides a brief description of the history behind the formation of the IEA and describes the structure of the technology network with its most important decision-making body, the “Committee on Energy Research and Technology”. Examples from research practice illustrate how international cooperation in the field of energy research can look like. Images and link directories provide readers with an overview of all the initiatives in which German institutions are involved.


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BINE-Themeninfo „Researching in the global network – Germany’s contribution to the International Energy Agency“ (I/2014)

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Abbildung 1: Energieeffiziente Gebäude sind ein wichtiges Thema im Technologie-Netzwerk der IEA. (© Bayer Material Science, Architekten: TR Architekten, Köln; Fotografin: Antje Schröder, Stuttgart).

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Energy-efficient buildings are an important topic in the technology network of the IEA. (© Bayer Material Science, Architects: TR Architekten, Köln; photographer: Antje Schröder, Stuttgart).

Abbildung 2: Kohlekraftwerk mit Vergasungstechnik in Puertollano in Spanien. (© Siemens Pressebild).

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Coal power plant with gasification technology in Puertollano, Spain. (© Siemens Pressebild).

Abbildung 3: Europas größtes solares Fernwärmesystem in Marstal (Dänemark). (© Marstal Fjernwarme).

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Europe's largest solar district heating system in Marstal (Denmark). (© Marstal Fjernwarme).

Abbildung 4: Geothermie: Der untere Teil eines Bohrstrangs. (© Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe).

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Geothermal energy: The lower part of a drill string. (© Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe).