The IEA works to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for its 29 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

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

TCP ExCo / Task PurposeIrish Representative

Executive Committee

To exchange information on the RD&D programmes of members, to discuss progress on the research tasks and to plan future activities

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:

Different Irish participation in particular meetings

  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:

Prof Mark O’Malley (UCD/Ecar)

Mr Jody Dillon (UCD/Ecar)


Task 26: Cost of Wind Energy

To identify the major drivers of wind energy costs, e.g. capital investment, installation, operation and maintenance, replacement, insurance, finance, and development costs, and to quantify the differences of these cost elements among participating countries.

To compare the cost of wind energy with those of other electricity generation technologies, making sure that the underlying assumptions used are compatible and transparent.

Further information:

Dr Aidan Duffy (DIT)


Task 27: Small Wind Turbines

To share technical experience on measuring and modelling urban and peri-urban wind resources

To gain practical experience with built –environment wind turbines

Further information:

Mr. Ray Byrne (DKIT)

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 (QUB) – National Participant

Mr. Gary Keegan (CSS) – Operating Agent


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

Ms. Oonagh Duggan, (Birdwatch Ireland)

Task 36: Forecasting for Wind Energy

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

The IEA Wind Task 36 on Forecasting for Wind Energy started in January 2016 and will run for three years.

Further information:

Dr. Conor Sweeney (UCD)

Task 39: Quiet Wind Turbine Technology

Ireland proposed this Task with the objective of providing improved guidance to assist convergence in national wind turbine noise regulations. The Task will also develop guidance on measuring amplitude modulation of wind turbine noise.


Executive Committee

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. Mr. Matthew Clancy (SEAI)

Task 32: Biomass Combustion and Co-firing

To enhance industrial participation by formulating joint projects between participating members and industry.

The emphasis of the activities in the Task is on:market introduction for expanding the use of Biomass Combustion at a short term; and optimisation of biomass combustion technology to remain competitive at a longer term

Dr William Smith (Private practice)



Task 37: Energy from Biogas

Addresses the whole biogas production chain from anaerobic digestion (AD) 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:

Dr Jerry Murphy (UCC)


Task 42: Biorefining

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

Further information:

Mr Bart Bonsall (NUIG)


Task 43: Biomass Feedstocks from Energy Markets

To consider the linking of sustainable biomass feedstocks to energy markets, explicitly considering environmental and socioeconomic aspects.

To integrate several disciplines to conduct analyses that allow evaluation of alternatives across sectors and explicit examination of issues related to trade-offs, compatibility and synergies between food, fibre and energy production systems and related markets.

Dr Ger Devlin (UCD)
Ocean Energy Systems (OES)

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:

Mr Declan Meally and Ms Patricia Comiskey (SEAI)

Task 4: Environmental impacts of ocean energy systems

International study and benchmarking on the environmental impacts of Ocean Energy Technologies Dr Anne Marie O Hagan (UCC/MaREI)

Task 8: Consenting Processes

International Comparisons of Consenting processes Dr Anne Marie O Hagan (UCC/MaREI)

Hybrid and Electric Vehicles               


Executive Committee

Produce objective information for policy and decision makers on hybrid and electric vehicle technology, projects, and programmes and their effects on energy efficiency and the environment.

This is accomplished through topic-specific Task groups, which produce general and market studies, assessments, demonstrations, comparative evaluation of various options for applying these technologies, technology evaluations, and more.

Disseminate information produced to the International Energy Agency (IEA) community, national governments, industries, and to other interested organizations.

Collaborate on pre-competitive research projects and related topics and investigate the need for further research in promising areas.

Collaborate with other transportation-related IEA Implementing Agreements and collaborate with specific groups or committees interested in transportation, vehicles, and fuels.

Provide a platform for reliable information on hybrid and electric vehicles -

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.  

Task 28: Home Grids and Vehicle to X Technologies

This task examines the use of induction charging in the home and the possibility for the car battery to be used for other applications such as electricity system services, renewable energy in the home, energy arbitrage etc. The task has been extended for another year into 2018.

ESB Ecars

Demand Side Management

Executive Committee

The vision of the IEA DSM Programme is that: "Demand side activities should be active elements and the first choice in all energy policy decisions designed to create more reliable and sustainable energy systems"

The mission is to: "Deliver to its stakeholders materials that are readily applicable for them in crafting and implementing policies and measures. The Programme should also deliver methods and applications that either facilitate operations of energy systems or facilitate necessary market transformations."

Ms Josephine Maguire (SEAI)

  Task 24: Phase 2

Closing the Loop – Behaviour Change in DSM, From Theory to Policies and Practice 

Further information:

Ms Josephine Maguire (SEAI) 


Executive Committee

To establish, maintain, and expand a consistent multi-country energy, economy, environment, and engineering analytical capability

To develop a common, comparable and combinable methodology, mainly based on the MARKAL/TIMES family of models, permitting the compilation of long term energy scenarios and in-depth national, multi-country, and global energy and environmental analyses.

Access to Markel-TIMES modelling software, databases and training. TIMES developed for Ireland has been used extensively in the preparation of the white paper and is adding evidence on the cost consequences of national 2030 EU binding targets. These are being used in the ongoing negotiations at the EU level.

Further information:

Prof Brian O’Gallachoir – Chair
Energy in Buildings and Communities

Executive Committee

To undertake research and provide an international focus for building energy efficiency

Prof Owen Lewis