The IEA works to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for its 30 member countries and beyond.

The role of the International Energy Agency (IEA)

The IEA examines the full spectrum of energy issues, providing authoritative statistics and analysis, and advocates policies that will enhance the reliability, affordability and sustainability of energy.

Technology Collaboration Programmes

Ireland is signatory to 8 Technology Collaboration Programmes (TCPs) with SEAI appointed as the contracting party. The scope and strategy of these 8 TCPs aligns with SEAI’s strategic objectives related to renewable energy, climate change and coordination of energy-related research. In its capacity as the contracting party, SEAI staff represent Ireland on standing IEA Group or Committees.

About TCPs

  • Aim to facilitate international cooperation to develop new and improved energy technologies.
  • Are independent, international groups of experts that enable governments and industries from around the world to lead programmes and projects on a wide range of energy technologies and related issues.
  • Are self-financed by the participants, either through financial and/or in-kind contributions.
  • Their activities of each TCP are overseen by an Executive Committee (ExCo) comprised of representatives designated by each participant

Advantages to IEA TCP participation

There are numerous advantages to participating in the ongoing activities of TCPs which include:

  • Voting on which projects should be carried out
  • Reduced cost and duplication of work
  • Greater project scale
  • Information sharing and networking
  • International collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Linking IEA member countries with partner countries
  • Linking research, industry and policy
  • Accelerated development and deployment
  • Harmonised technical standards
  • Strengthened research capabilities
  • Development of technologies and Irish companies exposure

Task participation – Call for applications

The next SEAI IEA TCP Task Appointment Call deadline will be later in 2019. The Call Document and Application Form will be available on our website at Call Launch.

Successful applicants to the call will participate in a research network that has 6,000 academics, researchers, policy makers and industry representatives, from nearly 300 public and private organisations, located in 55 countries from across the globe. The collaborations are focused on identifying optimal pathways for future energy systems and on developing new and improved technologies, processes and policies to deliver these.

More information on the TCPs and Tasks/Annexes can be found on IEA website:

Who should apply?

The Call is open to public and private sector organisations based in Ireland (including Irish subsidiaries of overseas companies). Applications will be accepted from Companies, Research Performing Organisations (e.g., Universities, Institutes of Technology and Publically Funded Research Institutions), NGOs, Public Sector Bodies and Semi-State Bodies who are based in Ireland.

Proposals from individuals applying in their own right will not be accepted.

Task participation – Expression of Interest: Open

Prior to the Launch of the next SEAI IEA TCP Task Appointment Call, interested applicants may submit an expression of interest to SEAI to indicate their interest in applying to participate in particular IEA TCP Tasks/Annexes.

Expressions of interest should be emailed to Please note that your expression of interest can include 1 or 2 experts (Secondary Task Participant is optional). Your expression of interest should not be more than 500 words and should include:

  •   TCP name, Task/Annex name and number
  •   Your name and organisation
  •   Your experience pertaining to the Task/Annex activities
  •   How you plan to contribute to the Task/Annex activities and work programme

 Experts who have submitted an Expression of Interest prior to Call Launch will be informed by email of online update(s) relating to the upcoming Call Launch.

A summary of current SEAI IEA ExCo's

IEA Standing Group or Committee Purpose Irish Representative                 

Committee on Energy Research and Technology (CERT)

To oversee the technology forecasting, analyses and the research, development, demonstration and deployment (RDD&D) strategies of the IEA Secretariat, through its technology flagship publication, Energy Technology Perspectives, and the series of energy technology roadmaps.

To provide guidance to its working parties and experts' groups to examine topics that address current energy technology, or technology policy, issues.

Dr. Phil Hemmingway (SEAI)

Working Party on Renewable Energy Technologies (REWP)

To consider policies, market issues and technologies related to renewable energy sources and hydrogen.

To co-ordinates the RD&D efforts of IEA Technology Collaboration Programmes (IEA TCPs) in renewable energy, in particular with regard to deployment.

Dr. Phil Hemmingway (SEAI)

A summary of current SEAI IEA TCPs

ExCo / Task PurposeIrish Representative

Executive Committee

The International Energy Agency Wind Technology Collaboration Programme (IEA Wind TCP) is an international co-operation that shares information and research activities to advance wind energy research, development and deployment in member countries.

Further information:

Mr John McCann (SEAI)

Task 11: Base Technology Information Exchange

To promote wind turbine technology through information exchange among experts on R&D topics. The primary mechanism for executing this is through holding "Topical Expert Meetings" on priority research topics agreed by the ExCo.

Further information:

Mr John McCann (SEAI)

Task 25: Design and Operation of Power Systems with Large Amounts of Wind

To provide information to facilitate the highest economically feasible wind energy penetration within electricity power systems worldwide.

To analyse and further develop the methodology to assess the impact of wind power on power systems.

Further information:

Assoc. Prof. Damian Flynn (University College Dublin)

Task 28: Social Acceptance of Wind Energy Projects

To produce a state-of-the-art report on current knowledge and results on social acceptance of wind power installations, including a list of studies and online library of reports and articles.

To establish “Best Practices” and tools for policy makers and planners to reduce project risks due to lack of social acceptance, accelerate time of realization of projects, accelerate the exploitation of the full potential of wind energy in the concerned countries, and establish strategies and communication activities to improve or to maintain the image of wind power.

Further information:

Prof. Geraint Ellis (Queen's University Belfast)

Task 34: Assessing Environmental Effects (WREN)

To facilitate international collaboration that advances global understanding of environmental effects of offshore and land-based wind energy development.

To create a shared global knowledge base and community of practice around research, monitoring and management of the environmental effects of wind energy development.

Further information:

Ms Claire Deasy (Brookfield Renewable)

Dr. Gavin Fennessy (Ecology Ireland)

Task 36: Forecasting for Wind Energy

To organise international collaboration, among national weather centres with an interest and/or large projects on wind forecast improvements, operational forecaster and forecast users.

Further information:

Mr Richard Linger (Cork Institute of Technology)

Dr. Conor Lynch (Cork Institute of Technology)


Task 41: Enabling Wind to Contribute to a Distributed Energy Future

To coordinate international research on Distributed Wind (DW) turbine technology, technology development or assessment to allow DW to integrate into future markets, and processes or procedures to support the cost effective development of DW technologies. 

Further information:

Mr Raymond Byrne (Dundalk Institute of Technology)

Dr. Paul MacArtain (Dundalk Institute of Technology)

ExCo / Task PurposeIrish Representative

Executive Committee

IEA Bioenergy is an organisation set up in 1978 by the International Energy Agency (IEA) with the aim of improving cooperation and information exchange between countries that have national programmes in bioenergy research, development and deployment. More specifically, the aim is to achieve a substantial bioenergy contribution to future global energy demands by accelerating the production and use of environmentally sound, socially accepted and cost-competitive bioenergy on a sustainable basis, thus providing increased security of supply whilst reducing greenhouse gas emissions from energy use.

Further information:

Dr. Matthew Clancy (SEAI)

Mr PJ McLoughlin (SEAI)

Task 37: Energy from Biogas

To address the whole biogas production chain from feedstock collection and pretreatment to biogas upgrading, biofertiliser application and process chain sustainability.

To carry out expert technical work on sustainable digestion of substrates, associated reactor configurations and utilisation of produced biogas.

Further information:

Prof. Jerry Murphy (University College Cork)

Dr. David Wall (University College Cork)

Task 39: Commercialising Conventional and Advanced Liquid Biofuels and Biomass

To advance the commercialization of sustainable, lower carbon liquid biofuels for transport.

Further information:

Prof. Stephen Dooley (Trinity College Dublin)

Task 42: Biorefining in a Circular Economy

To facilitate the commercialisation and market deployment of environmentally sound, socially acceptable, and cost competitive bioenergy systems and technologies.

Further information:

Assoc. Prof. JJ Leahy (University of Limerick)

Task 44: Flexible Bioenergy and System Integration

To contribute to the development and analysis of bioenergy solutions that can provide flexible resources for a low-carbon energy system. The objective is to improve understanding on the types, quality and status of flexible bioenergy, and identification of barriers and future development needs in the context of the entire energy system.

Further information:

Dr. Paul Deane (University College Cork)

Prof. Brian Ó Gallachóir (University College Cork)

Task 45: Climate and Sustainability Effects of Bioenergy within the broader Bioeconomy

To identify and address critical issues related to the climate and other sustainability effects of bioenergy and biobased products and systems. The aim is to promote sound development for bioenergy as an integral component of the overall bioeconomy. 

Further information:

Dr. Rory Monaghan (National University of Ireland Galway)

Mr Alessandro Singlitico (National University of Ireland Galway)

ExCo / Task PurposeIrish Representative

Executive Committee


The OES (Operating since 2001) brings together countries to advance research, development and demonstration of conversion technologies to harness energy from all forms of ocean renewable resources, such as tides, waves, currents, temperature gradient (ocean thermal energy conversion and submarine geothermal energy) and salinity gradient for electricity generation, as well as for other uses, such as desalination, through international cooperation and information exchange.

Further information:

Ms Patricia Comiskey (SEAI)

Mr Declan Meally (SEAI)

Task 4:  Assessment of Environmental Effects and Monitoring Efforts for Ocean Wave, Tidal, and Current Energy Systems

Seeks to be the premier international program engaged in bringing together information and practitioners on environmental effects of ocean wave, tidal, and current energy development on the marine environment. It aims to facilitate efficient government oversight of the development of ocean energy systems by expanding our baseline knowledge of environmental effects and monitoring methods.

Further information:

Dr. Anne Marie O'Hagan (University College Cork)

Task 8: Consenting Processes

To enable the OES to meet its aspiration in addressing permitting and licensing issues within OES member countries.

Further information:

Dr. Anne Marie O'Hagan (University College Cork)
ExCo / Task PurposeIrish Representative
Executive Committee

The Implementing Agreement for co-operation on Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technologies and Programmes (IA-HEV) enables member parties to discuss their respective needs, share key information, and learn from an ever-growing pool of experience from the development and deployment of hybrid and electric vehicles.

Further information:

Mr Graham Brennan (SEAI) 

Task 1: Information Exchange

This task is a continuous task and is free for all participants. It is managed by US DOE and involves country wide updates and discussions amongst member countries.

Further information:

Mr Graham Brennan (SEAI) 
ExCo / Task PurposeIrish Representative

Executive Committee

The International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) creates a strategic platform to support high-level government attention and action for the accelerated development and deployment of smarter, cleaner electricity grids around the world.

Further information:

Dr. Olivier Neu (SEAI)

Mr Declan Meally (SEAI)

Annex 5: Smart Grid International Research Facility Network (SIRFN)

To evaluate pre-competitive technologies and systems approaches in a wide range of smart grid implementation use cases and geographies using common testing procedures.

Further information:

Assoc. Prof. Terence O'Donnell (University College Dublin)

Prof. Andrew Keane (University College Dublin)

Annex 6: Transmission & Distribution Power Systems

To establish a long term vision for the development of the future sustainable power systems.

Further information:

Mr Anthony Walsh (ESB Networks)
ExCo / Task PurposeIrish Representative

Executive Committee

Since 1993, the IEA DSM Technology Collaboration Program has worked to develop and promote tools and information on demand-side management and energy efficiency. 

Further information:

Ms Josephine Maguire (SEAI)

Task 25: Business Models for a more Effective Market Uptake of DSM Energy Services

To contribute to the growth of the supply and demand market for energy efficiency and DSM amongst SMEs and communities in participating countries.

Further information:

Dr. Matthew Kennedy (International Energy Research Centre)

Ms Joanna Southernwood (International Energy Research Centre)

ExCo / Task PurposeIrish Representative

Executive Committee

The IEA-ETSAP community leads a major initiative for open source solutions for energy scenario modeling needs.

Further information:

Mr Brian Denvir (SEAI)

Annex XIV (2017-2019): Understanding and Facilitating the Energy Transition to Achieve the 'Well Below 2˚C' Goal

To support research and development activities in order to advance the state-of the art of energy systems analysis.

Prof. Brian Ó Gallachóir (University College Cork)

Dr. James Glynn (University College Cork)

ExCo / Task PurposeIrish Representative

Executive Committee

EBC's mission is to develop and facilitate the integration of technologies and processes for energy efficiency. 

Further information:

Dr. Brendan Cahill
Mr Conor Hanniffy

Annex 5: Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre

To promote an understanding of the complex behaviour of air flow in buildings and to advance the effective application of associated energy saving measures in both the design of new buildings and the improvement of the existing building stock.

Further information:

Mr Simon Jones (Aereco)
Annex 67: Energy Flexible Buildings

To demonstrate how energy flexibility in buildings can provide generating capacity for energy grids, and to identify critical aspects and possible solutions to manage such flexibility.

Further information:

Ms Sarah O'Connell (National University of Ireland Galway)

Dr. Marcus Keane (National University of Ireland Galway)

Annex 70: Building Energy Epidemiology Analysis of Real Building Energy Use at Scale

To support decision-makers and investors in their efforts to transform to a low carbon and energy efficient building stock by focusing on developing best practice methods for collecting, accessing, analyzing and developing models with empirical data of energy demand in buildings and communities.

Further Information:

Dr. Beth Massey (International Energy Research Centre)

Mr Brian O'Regan (International Energy Research Centre)