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About IEA Wind


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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. Formerly known as the Implementing Agreement for Co-operation in the Research, Development, and Deployment of Wind Energy Systems, the consortium operates under the auspices of the International Energy Agency (IEA).


Since its founding in 1977, the IEA Wind TCP has developed and deployed wind energy technology through vigorous national programs and co-operative international efforts. Participants exchange the latest information on their current and future activities and participate in selected IEA Wind TCP research tasks.

There are currently 26 contracting parties from 21 member countries, the Chinese Wind Energy Association (CWEA), the European Commission, and WindEurope (formerly the European Wind Energy Association) participating in the IEA Wind TCP. These member countries and organizations form a global network of researchers and policy experts focused on sharing the latest technology research and best practices to overcome specific barriers for wind energy deployment.

The IEA Wind TCP reports the activities of their national programs and collaborative R&D projects in an Annual Report, which is provided to members for distribution in their countries. The Annual Report can be downloaded from the IEA Wind TCP website at no cost.

Administration


The IEA Wind TCP's Executive Committee, or ExCo, has overall control of the information exchange and R&D tasks. The ExCo consists of one member and one alternate member from each contracting party. Most countries permit one contracting party to represent them, such as a government department or agency. Alternate members are often selected from research organizations within the member country.

The ExCo meets twice each year to exchange information on member countries' R&D programs, discuss work progress on the various tasks, and plan future activities. Each member country/sponsor member has one vote on the ExCo, and decisions are reached by majority vote. Member countries and sponsor members share administration costs for the ExCo through annual contributions to the Common Fund, which supports the efforts of the Secretariat and other expenditures in the annual budget.

Research

In addition to their national wind energy development and deployment efforts, each member country participates in at least one IEA Wind TCP research task. R&D tasks performed are approved by the ExCo as Annexes to the original Implementing Agreement.

Each task has between five and seventeen participating countries working to solve issues related to wind energy technology and deployment. The tasks are managed by an Operating Agent (OA) organization within one of the member countries. The level of effort varies for each task. However, the combined effort devoted to a task is typically the equivalent of several people working full-time for a period of three years.

Some of these R&D projects are “task shared” by each country performing a subtask; other projects are “cost shared” by each country contributing to the budget for a designated lead country to perform the work. In most projects, each participating organization agrees to carry out a discrete portion of the work plan. A participation fee from member countries supports the OA's efforts to coordinate the research and report to the ExCo.

The following table outlines the IEA Wind TCP's priority areas and objectives, as well as the active tasks directed at each area:

Table. 1 IEA Wind TCP Priority Areas and Strategic Objectives

Priority Areas

Strategic Objectives

Active Tasks

 

Reduce cost of wind energy use

Increase flexibility of transmission and power systems

Increase social acceptance of wind energy projects

Increase exchange of best practices

Collaborative IEA Wind TCP efforts to address priority area

1: Wind Characteristics

 

 

11, 19, 27, 31, 32, 36

2: Wind Power Technology

 

11, 19, 26, 27, 29, 30, 33, 35, 39

3: Wind Integration

 

11, 25, 37

4: Social, Educational, and Environmental Issues

 

11, 26, 27, 28, 34, 39

5: Communications

 

 

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Join the IEA Wind TCP


Membership in the IEA Wind TCP is open to any country with an active wind energy program. For information on joining the consortium, contact the Secretariat at secretariat@ieawind.org.

IEA Wind TCP Secretariat


The IEA Wind TCP Secretariat is responsible for communications between the members of the ExCo and between the ExCo and Operating Agents, and supporting the ongoing development of the Wind TCP.

Cezanne Murphy-Levesque
Secretary, IEA Wind TCP

PWT Communications Inc
209 Fifth Ave SE, Suite 4
Olympia WA 98501, United States

Phone: +1 360 972 5396
Email: cezane@ieawind.org