BEST in the International Energy Agency

The development of sustainable energy systems is a global challenge, which BEST is adressing by participating in International Energy Agency (IEA) Technology Collaboration Programmes. The Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Technologie und Innovationen [bmvit]) supports these technology initiatives and funds the participation of Austrian researchers in various IEA Bioenergy tasks (= topics).

BEST represents Austria in the committees of IEA Bioenergy::

  • the IEA Bioenergy Executive Committee, the agreement‘s controlling body (Dina Bacovsky)
  • Task 32 – Biomass Combustion and Co-firing (Christoph Schmidl)
  • Task 37 – Energy from Biogas (Bernhard Drosg)
  • Task 39 – Commercializing Conventional and Advanced Liquid Biofuels from Biomass (Dina Bacovsky)
  • Task 44 – Flexible Bioenergy and System Integration (Ernst Höftberger)

As part of Austrian consortia we contribute to Task 55 of the IEA Solar Heating & Cooling programme (Markus Gölles) and to Annex TS3 “Hybrid energy networks” of the IEA District Heating & Cooling programme (Daniel Muschick). In addition, BEST heads the secretariat of the Advanced Motor Fuels TCP. This IEA network is dedicated to the decarbonisation of the transport sector by using alternative fuels employed in modern combustion engines.

In all these networks, recent developments are discussed, research demand is determined and the barriers against dissemination of innovative technologies are identified. Where necessary, studies and reviews are compiled. The Austrian representatives publicise Austrian activities internationally and forward information from the networks to bmvit and national stakeholders. In addition, the cumulated knowledge and analyses are incorporated in IEA technology policy recommendations. IEA publications such as the World Energy Outlook and Energy Technology Perspectives are based in part on contributions and work by the experts in these technology initiatives.

BEST and its partners profit multiply from participation in the IEA Bioenergy and Advanced Motor Fuels networks:

  • We are aware at an early stage of international policy, economic, industry and business trends.
  • The information we provide helps Austrian RTD policy in focussing its programmes and the funding bodies in defining R&D priorities.
  • The exchange of views with other scientists expands our staff‘s horizons and facilitates R&D at the highest international level.
  • This simplifies the transfer of scientific knowledge into international standards.
  • The contacts made lead to joint projects, the results of our research are made known, and thus accessible, globally.
  • We distribute information on the expertise and technologies of our corporate partners and help to increase export opportunities.