The 19-member International Energy Agency (IEA) agreed in tokyo on Thursday (13 April), to launch two new projects to convert ocean waves into electricity, and obtain clean fuels from trees and forestry residues.
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GV Japanese Foreign Minister Sunao Sonoda and Board Chairman Dr. Detlev Karsten Rohwedder taking seats at head table
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At a later date, Belgium is expected to participate in the Biomass conversion project. The Wave Power project will be headed by Japan.
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Background: The 19-member International Energy Agency (IEA) agreed in tokyo on Thursday (13 April), to launch two new projects to convert ocean waves into electricity, and obtain clean fuels from trees and forestry residues. The agreement came on the last day of a two-day board meeting of the Paris-based group, an autonomous body established under the United Nations' Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (DECD).
SYNOPSIS: The meeting was held at the Japanese Foreign Office in Tokyo.
The agreement means that the IEA now have 32 research and development projects studying alternative energy sources to oil.
Japanese Foreign Minister, Sunao Sonoda, attended the meeting along with the agency's chairman, Dr. Detlev Karsten Rohwedder, of West Germany.
Under the agreement, Britain, Canada, Japan and the United States, are to study the 'Wave Power' project, with Canada, Ireland and the United States again looking into a programme called 'Biomass Conversion'.
The IEA is aiming at holding down the nations' combined oil imports in 1985 to 26 million barrels a day. This compares with the expected demand of 42 million barrels a day in that year, or the current 30 million barrels a day.
According to the IEA the energy contained in weaves is enormous, and if wave power can be harnessed, and proves to be technically and economically feasible, it could become a significant, renewable, source of energy.