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