Newsletter from the IETS TCP

Current work and activities - December 2021

Another (busy) year online

Although the pandemic has put a lot of physical meetings and other events on hold, several activities have been performed within the IETS TCP framework. Gathering people online, and hence avoiding time consuming travelling, has allowed for a great number of creative workshops and meetings with even more participants. For the IETS work, this has resulted in increased collaboration and a lot of fruitful activities being carried out within the Tasks. Some of these events are listed below - all information is regularely posted at our website.

The IETS TCP continues to work with energy efficiency and decarbonization in the industrial sector. In addition, our mission is to raise awareness and increase knowledge in this area. Please distribute this newsletter to your network!

Also the the two IETS ExCo metings (in May and November) were performed online. Several new initiatives were discussed and decision about new activities were taken. However, online meeting do not allow for that special sort of chit chat that is essential for increased creativity and understanding. Hopefully we will be able to meet more often in person in 2022!

A summary of the 33rd IETS ExCo meeting Minutes is available at the IETS website

Task Highlights 2021

Currently, there are seven active Tasks within the IETS TCP. Much work has been performed during 2021. At our website you can read about highlights specifically in 


Watch the SIC! project video

"Today in the Lab – Tomorrow in Energy?" is an initiative launhed by the IEA (international Energy Agency) in 2020. It is designed to shine a spotlight on research projects under development in the Technology Collaboration Programmes (TCPs). A number of IETS projects are represented in this collection and recently some video presentations have been added, e.g. the SIC! project. SIC! focuses on holistic approaches to the digitalisation of industrial processes. A complex energy systems model is being scientifically developed and tested that will provide the basis for targeted implementation in all industrial production systems and energy-supplying environments.

Read more about the project and watch the video at the IEA website 

First international NSG meeting

The IETS TCP is the broadest of all 38 TCPs under the IEA Technology Collaboration Programme. To cover all industrial technology and system aspects, the IETS ExCo members seeks guidance from so called National Support Groups (NSGs) within each country. On 21 October, representatives from these national groups met online for a workshop. During the workshop, the NSGs had the opportunity to describe their organization and ways of working as well as discuss how this work could be improved.

“The National Support Groups are very valuable for the IETS work. It was good to meet with them and I think we can learn a lot from each other”, says Thore Berntsson, Chair of the IETS TCP.

Read more at the IETS website

The first Subtask report from Task XVIII – AI and Digitalization – is now available

The main objective of Task XVIII is to stimulate the adoption of digitalization technologies for energy efficiency improvement and GHG emissions reduction in the energy-intensive process industries.

The initiative seeks to assemble a network of academics, research labs, technology providers and process industry stakeholders – and cooperate on improving availability, quality and use of data (quality, quantity, location, operational, energy, etc.), to improve datause capacity for informing decision-making relevant to targeted sectors.

Read the report at the IETS website

Engage in our knowlege sharing

Earlier this year we started a LinkedIn group for general knowledge sharing in the IETS area. There you can find newsletters from other TCPs, reports related to IETS work and other useful information. Join the group and share your knowledge!

Link to the LinkedIn group

TCP collaboration for energy transition

During the TCP Universal week in October, the IETS TCP hosted a one-hour meeting for a discussion about further collaboration with other TCPs. It was a follow-up of the half-day EUWP workshop in December last year, in which ideas for cooperation were presented and discussed.

Read more about the event at the IETS website

Photo taken at the ExCo meeting in Finland in November 2019. The last ExCo meeting was performed online.


Re-election of Chair and Vice Chairs

Chair Thore Berntsson, Sweden, (in the middle) was re-elected at the  ExCo meeting in November. Clemente Pedro Nunes, Portugal, (to the left) and Eric Soucy, Canada, (to the right), were re-elected as Vice Chairs.

Task work

The IETS projects are performed in Tasks (formerly known as Annexes). Ongoing Tasks are: Information about completed Tasks can also be found at the IETS website.

The IETS Newsletter provides you with short status reports on on-going Annexes, information on up-coming events and other information on IETS activities. IETS is the IEA Technology Collaboration Programme (TCP) on Industrial Energy-Related Technologies and Systems. Currently, there are ten IETS Member countries that collaborate in several Tasks. Visit the IETS web site for more information.

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The IETS TCP is part of a network of autonomous collaborative partnerships focused on a wide range of energy technologies known as Technology Collaboration Programmes or TCPs. The International Energy Agency (IEA) created the Technology Collaboration Programmes as a network of independent collaborations that enable governments and industries from around the world to lead programmes and projects on a wide range of energy technologies and related issues. 
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