The Goal: To demonstrate that by 2030 power systems in different geographies and climates are able to effectively integrate up to 100% variable renewable energies in their generation mix and maintain a cost-efficient, secure and resilient system.
The Mission: Through large-scale demonstrations and enhanced investments in research and development, we will develop a toolbox of innovative solutions to provide confidence that all countries can build a renewable-powered future and realise an affordable clean energy transition.
The leads: China Italy United Kingdom
- China – Ministry of Science & Technology (MOST), Institute of Electrical Engineering Chinese Academy of Sciences (IEE CAS)
- Italy – Ministry of the Ecological Transition (MITE), Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico (RSE)
- United Kingdom – Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
The core coalition members (Tier 1):
- Australia – Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (DISER)
- India – Department of Science and Technology (DST)
- Saudi Arabia – Ministry of Energy
- IRENA – International Renewable Energy Agency
- World Bank Group
- Alperia SpA, Italy
- Areti SpA, Italy
- Enel Global Infrastructure & Networks, Italy
- Icebreaker One, United Kingdom
- National Grid ESO, United Kingdom
The support members (Tier 2):
- Austria – Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK)
- Brazil – Energy Research Office (EPE)
- Canada – Natural Resources Canada/ Ressources Naturelles Canada (NRCan/ RNCan)
- European Commission – Directorate-General for Research & Innovation
- Germany – Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWI)
- Japan – Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
- Netherlands – Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy (MINEZK)
- Republic of Korea – Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE)
- IEA – International Energy Agency
- Energy Networks Association (ENA), United Kingdom
- Gestore dei servizi energetici (GSE), Italy
- BSI Group, United Kingdom
The Green Powered Future Mission will demonstrate by 2030 that power systems in all geographies and climates can effectively integrate up to 100% variable renewable energy (VRE) in their generation mix while maintaining a cost-efficient, secure, and resilient system.
Mission members will develop a joint roadmap of innovation priorities to achieve the goal, increase investments in R&D activities and demonstrate megawatt-scale (10-100+ MW) projects and smaller-scale pilots to provide a range of innovative solutions that enable up to 100% VRE integration to.
To help achieve our climate goals, emissions from the power sector need to fall to net zero by 2040 [IEA, 2021], and renewable energy sources should meet 85-90% of power demand by 2050, with two-thirds generated by variable renewable energy (VRE) sources such as wind and solar [IRENA, 2019]. This will require huge increases in electricity system flexibility – such as batteries, demand response, hydrogen-based fuels, and more – to ensure reliable supplies. [IEA, 2021]
The Mission Coalition
We are bringing together a coalition of world leaders from MI countries, the private sector and international organisations to accelerate the innovation needed to enable a renewable-powered future. We will develop, test and demonstrate innovative solutions that address barriers in three key areas:
- Affordable and Reliable VRE Technologies – reducing cost and increasing efficiency, resilience, and reliability of VRE technologies in various climates and system configurations.
- System Flexibility and Market Design – unlocking a range of cost-effective flexibility options, including storage solutions, improving performance of smart power grids infrastructure and AI advanced control solutions.
- System Integration, Data and Digitalisation – creating the interfaces, digital tools, data systems and technologies to enable cross-sectoral flexibility and deliver a cost-efficient, fully integrated power system.
Together, the members will:
- Develop a joint roadmap that identifies the national and international efforts needed to achieve cost-efficient, secure and resilient power systems with 100% VRE integration by 2030.
- Deliver a broad set of innovative solutions – the “Green Powered Future Toolbox” – to match the specific system characteristics and related needs of participating countries and to help reach their domestic clean energy and system decarbonization targets.
- Promote collaboration and sharing of knowledge, know-how and best practices to enable all countries to build capacity and develop a power system that meets their renewable energy targets.
- Work closely with other countries, the private sector and international organisations that share the same ambitious vision for a renewable-powered future, guaranteeing open and transparent governance and membership processes.
In addition, each member commits to:
- Develop megawatt-scale (10-100+ MW) demonstration projects and smaller-scale pilots to test and demonstrate viable technological solutions that enable up to 100% VRE integration.
- Seek to further increase the level of investments in R&D activities that address crucial innovation priorities identified by the Mission, up to double the initial budget over the next decade.
“Achieving carbon neutrality will bring a transformation to our economy and society that will be led by a scientific and technological revolution as significant as all previous industrial revolutions.”
Wang Zhigang, Minister of Science and Technology (PRC)
“Italy is honoured to co-lead the Green Powered Future Mission with China and the United Kingdom and all the countries that already joined the Mission and others who will. The Mission represents a concrete action able to combine political aspiration with scientific vision, working together to ensure access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy for all.”
Roberto Cingolani, Minister of Ecological Transition (Italy)
“The UK is proud be at the forefront of international innovation efforts to develop greener and smarter grids. We believe that data and digitalisation are crucial enablers for the integration of variable renewables and we are committed to collaborate with countries and businesses to bring forward smart, cost-effective solutions to achieve our net-zero goals.”
Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth (UK)