Workshop Cooperation in the field of energy technologies: global challenges and concerted actions

The Federal Agency for Science and Innovation of the Russian Federation (FASI) and International Energy Agency (IEA) co-organized a two day conference in Moscow to bring together senior experts from Russia and IEA’s international energy technology collaboration network to work on the development of advanced energy technologies. Within the framework of the exhibition “Emerging technologies of the XXI century” where the main achievements of the Russian Federal R&D program (2007–2012) are presented. While inaugurating the conference Mr. Sergey Mazurenko, Head of FASI, the state customer of the R&D program, emphasized the importance of best practice exchange and cooperation in the field of energy technology development and introduction. For his part Ambassador Richard H. Jones, Deputy Executive Director Designate of the IEA commented that the IEA appreciated the opportunity to showcase IEA’s wide-spread energy technology network and hoped that this week’s conference would improve new prospects for international collaboration on energy technologies.

An IEA delegation of high-level experts from around the world in many of the most relevant energy technology areas came to Moscow for discussions with their Russian counterparts. The high-ranking representatives of the 17 “technology agreements” (the so called “IEA Implementing agreements”) and heads of the IEA Working Parties of the cooperation programme in energy technologies introduced the results of their work to the Russian experts. The Russian representatives from the leading scientific and research institutions, industries and corporations presented the results of their work and gave an overview of the state of things with the technologies in Russia (http://pt21.ru).

Cooperation between International Energy Agency and FASI is based on Memorandum of Understanding signed earlier this year. Areas identified as promising for international cooperation are clean coal technologies and technologies for efficient coal burning, carbon capture and storage, technologies for use of renewable energy sources, optimization of energy supply, new technologies and new kinds of fuels for transport, hydrogen technologies, energy development trends and scenarios analysis.

IEA expert network includes more than 5000 experts worldwide on all major energy technologies. Their efforts resulted in creation of a comprehensive database on energy technologies. Today 60 countries of the world (from IEA and OECD countries) are participants to the cooperation programme in energy technologies; at the G8 summit in Gleneagles the initiative aimed at establishment and expansion of cooperation with BRICS countries was supported. The Russian organizations already collaborate with 6 of the 42 technology agreements of the IEA network of expertise and its participation is expected to increase. To facilitate closer interaction, the IEA introduced this week a new Russian language web page on its web site: www.iea.org/russian/index.html