20 December 2018

International collaboration through the IEA 4E

Proposals for new projects on power semiconductors and on product energy efficiency trends were on the table at the recent meeting of the International Energy Agency’s Energy Efficient End-use Equipment (4E) Program in Stockholm, Sweden.

In November 2018, the International Energy Agency (IEA) held its 22nd Technology Collaboration Program on Energy Efficient End-use Equipment (4E) meetings in Stockholm, Sweden. As the Chair of the IEA 4E, Michelle Croker (who is also Australia’s GEMS Regulator) led 4E’s Executive Committee meeting.

4E meetings allow member countries to interact in a collegiate environment and freely exchange energy efficiency ideas and knowledge. Discussions focussed on progress and outcomes of work being undertaken in 4E Annexes (Solid State Lighting, Electric Motors Systems and Electric Devices and Networks), and the strategic direction of the 4E Program.

Other discussions included:

  • Approval of a new 4E Annex - Power Electronic Conversion Technology Annexe (PECTA). Power semiconductors are a horizontal technology used globally for a wide range of applications, including a large variety of end-use equipment. There is the potential for technological improvements leading to very significant energy savings, and progress is being made. Nevertheless policy approaches in this field need to be developed to support the adoption of these technologies and overcome possible barriers for their implementation.
  • Approval of a new 4E project - Product Energy Efficiency Trends. The project will commission research into product energy efficiency trends across member countries and the potential for future technologies.
  • A Systems workshop and Network Zero workshop brought together industry and government representatives to explore the role that connected devices will play in the provision of energy services into the 21st century. Topics discussed included:
    • In the future, what will electricity grids and energy generation/storage providers require from connected devices?
    • Are the drivers in place to ensure the transition to the new energy service paradigm?
    • How can governments encourage innovation to reduce energy used for device connectivity?
  • Sharing of experience and learnings on monitoring, verification and enforcement between compliance practitioners.

The next set of IEA 4E meetings will be hosted by China in Beijing in March 2019. 4E participating countries are Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Japan, Korea, The Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the USA.