Today in the Lab – Tomorrow in Energy?

Highlighting research projects under development in the Technology Collaboration Programmes

About this report

Today in the Lab – Tomorrow in Energy? is an initiative designed to shine a spotlight on research projects under development in the Technology Collaboration Programmes (TCPs).

To participate in this initiative, the 38 collaborations in the TCP network were invited to submit a brief summary of current research projects based on the following criteria:

  • easy to communicate through social media
  • funded with testing under way
  • pre-commercial (basic and applied research)
  • addressing key energy policy concerns, such as sustainability and energy security
  • conducted within the wider TCP network and/or in conjunction with other international initiatives.

Not all TCP collaborations directly undertake laboratory research, development and demonstration (RD&D). Some focus on stakeholder dialogue and events, innovation analysis (technology policy and markets), and capacity building. The one thing they all have in common is the desire to raise awareness of the contribution that their technologies and systems can make in reaching climate and energy goals.

The IEA Secretariat and the IEA Committee on Energy Research and Technology hope that this initiative will not only win more recognition for the work of the TCPs from a broader audience but also help accelerate innovation and foster market deployment by bringing promising TCP research projects to the attention of decision-makers in government and industry.

Explore the projects

Realising methanol’s potential as a motor fuel
Unlocking the potential of bioenergy with carbon capture and utilisation or storage (BECCUS)
Overcoming the challenges of combining combustion fuels with low-carbon fuels
More flexibility for more renewables in grid-connected heat supply
High-performance transport materials for thermally sensitive vaccines
Very large thermal energy storage for renewable districts
Capturing the energy beneath our feet
Demonstrating the potential of heat pumps in multi-family buildings
Proving the viability of underground hydrogen storage
Hydrogen meets batteries: hydrides for solid state batteries
Optimising membrane filtration processes in the production of biofuels
Global observatory on peer-to-peer energy trading
Designing the wind energy systems of the future
Hydrogen as a driver for the decarbonisation of shipping
Biofuel production using petroleum refining technologies
The role of bioenergy for climate and sustainable development targets
How biogas can support intermittent renewable electricity
Low-temperature district heating: heating our homes at lower cost
Investigating methane emission control
How can alcohol fuels reduce emissions in gasoline direct injection engines?
Green refinery hydrogen for Europe
Managing large amounts of distributed energy resources on electricity grids
Zero-emission carbon capture and storage in power plants using higher capture rates
Photovoltaic solar power – the reliable future energy source
Enabling high penetration of solar PV in electricity grids
Bringing together construction technology and solar PV for design and performance
Environmental monitoring of offshore carbon capture and storage
Measuring energy efficiency progress in heavy duty vehicles
Cheaper heating and cooling using innovative heat pumps
Accelerating research in smart electricity grids
Demand for critical raw materials in EVs
Decarbonising industry with green hydrogen
Optimising fuels and engines to boost efficiency and performance
The go-to guide for sustainable district cooling
Intelligent diagnostic surveillance of nuclear fusion
Assessing public attitudes to nuclear fusion energy
Ammonia – the CO2-free fuel of the future?
Accelerating deployment of large-scale offshore wind power
Transforming industrial processes through digitalisation
Intelligent food processing systems
Turning up the dial on heating and cooling innovation
Big data for people-centred buildings
New semiconductor materials will deliver significant energy savings
Increasing energy efficiency in industry
New milestones in magnetic fusion power
Advancing the energy of the future
Heat pumps in district heating and cooling systems
Heat pump development from lab to industry
Quality assurance for borehole heat exchangers
Meeting the increasing global demand for cooling
Carbon-free hydrogen from low-cost wind power, stored for use on demand
Bringing the heat of summer into winter
Improving industrial waste heat recovery
Aviation liquid fuels from sunlight and air
Solar thermal venetian blinds: Energy-efficient, attractive, transparent
Running combustion engines on non-carbon fuels
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