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Since 1977 the IEA Solar Heating and Cooling Programme supports joint research and development activities in the field of solar thermal technologies focusing solar thermal for heating and cooling of buildings, for industrial applications and in agriculture.
The Technology Collaboration Programme includes the collaboration, the exchange of relevant information and networking in the area of fluidized bed conversion of fuels applied for clean energy production.
The mission of the Wind TCP is to stimulate co-operation on wind energy research and development and to provide high quality information and analysis to member governments and commercial sector leaders: addressing technology development and deployment and its benefits, markets and policy instruments.
The international experts elaborated two guidelines on the current state of wind energy utilization under icing conditions: the "State of the Art Report" and the "Recommended Practices Report". On a national level, Energiewerkstatt compiled a comparative report on international approval procedures with the assessment of icefall risk, a report regarding operational experience with a stand-alone power supply unit as well as a report on the evaluation of different ice detection systems.
Task 19 of IEA Wind deals with the challenges of the utilisation of wind energy in Cold Climates (i.e. under icing-conditions) and offers through global networking and mutual exchange of experience, the possibility of collecting and generating additional know-how. Moreover guidelines with best practice examples and recommendations for the realization of wind energy projects under icing conditions will be elaborated together with international experts in the task.
Task 19 deals with the challenges of wind power utilisation in icing conditions and provides a strong opportunity to generate new knowledge by global networking. Energiewerkstatt leads a subtask in the field of icefall risk and works on a transfer-function for converting the icing information on an anemometer to a wind turbine.
To ensure safety, reliability and productivity of small wind turbines (SWT) the experts of IEA Wind Task 27 developed a standard consumer label for small wind turbines. Since 2013 Task 27 is focussing on small wind turbines in high turbulence sites. By actively participating in the IEA Implementing Agreement Wind Energy Task 27, Austria’s stakeholders will become participants in the global small wind network. The establishment of a national working group as well as the organisation of an annual small wind conference in Austria will foster a durable collaboration and provide new impetus to the Austrian Small Wind Community.
Since 2013 Task 27 is focussing on small wind turbines (SWT) in high turbulence sites. By actively participating in the IEA Implementing Agreement Wind Energy Task 27, Austria’s stakeholders will become participants in the global small wind network. The establishment of a national working group as well as the organisation of an annual small wind conference in Austria will foster a durable collaboration and provide new impetus to the Austrian Small Wind Community.
Task 32 deals with the challenges of using Wind-LIDAR-Systems and provides a strong opportunity to generate new knowledge by global networking. Energiewerkstatt elaborates an analysis regarding data availabilities of LIDAR measurement campaigns at different sites in Austria and resumes an organisational role regarding the assessment of uncertainties of LIDAR measurements in complex terrain.
Task 32 of the IEA Wind deals with the research, the development and the application of different LIDAR-Systems in the wind energy sector. The main objective of the project is the further development of Wind-LIDAR technologies and expanding their application potentials to optimize the positioning and installation of future wind turbines through a more accurate determination of local wind conditions.
The goal of the Annex Electric Motor Systems is to raise awareness on the large savings potential in motor systems, while showing the realization method of such a path. Currently, Austria leads the task Energy Audits for Motor Systems to develop recommendations for carrying out energy audits for motor systems based on international standards.
The Task deals with the analysis and distribution of strategic relevant information of value chains of biorefineries. Based on this information the implementation of a BioEconomy should be supported.
The aim of the Annex TS2 is to implement low-temperature district heat networks (LT-DH or 4GDH, the 4th generation of district heating). Therefore, the Annex TS2 is a platform in which the prerequisites for the implementation are established with international experts.
Within the framework of the IEA IETS Annex 15, potentials for the use of waste heat and technologies for their integration are collected, bundled and processed through contributions from national research activities. Recognized knowledge is disseminated on a national level and integrated into ongoing research activities.
Industrial electrification can make a major contribution to CO2 reduction. The aim of the annex is a transfer of knowledge between the international and the state level. At national level, stakeholder engagement aims to clarify the topic of industrial electrification, compare roadmaps and resources, and analyze potential benefits from (joint) programs.
The Task 13 objective is to improve operation, reliability and, consequently, the electrical and economic output of photovoltaic power systems and subsystems through providing a common platform whereby quality aspects are elaborated and exchanged amongst the stakeholders, and to disseminate this knowledge to the market actors. Given the international nature of the project consortium, the cooperation includes important markets such as Europe, Japan and the USA.
Retrofitting of non-residential buildings with energy efficient daylight and artificial lighting solutions can significantly contribute to reductions in electric energy consumption. However, appropriate technologies have to be made available to the stakeholders (investors, industry, consultants, designer) that are involved in the retrofitting process. Thus, system solutions for daylighting and artificial lighting were evaluated, simple rating and evaluation tools were developed and case studies that serve as best practice examples were monitored. The results were collected in the Lighting Retrofit Advisor, which helps stakeholders within the lighting retrofit process.
Guidelines for a sustainable real estate rating of residental buildings
The goal of the INFINITE-project is to lay the foundations for a more wide-spread implementation of urban energy supply systems across buildings, using renewable energy sources produced in local supply units. At the same time the projects supports to reduce the demand for fossil fuels and higher-level energy infrastructure.
On the basis of conventional and recycling-oriented supply-chains and/or -networks a concept for the implementation of industrial sustainability networks will be developed. Together with a taskforce which needs to be founded a pilot implementation will be prepared.