MI’s new funding call: Helping cities reach across borders to deliver net-zero goals

Previous MI funding calls focused on storage and the digital transition  The MICall series is one of the four initiatives of the Mission Innovation Platform’s COLLABORATE Module. The MICall series started in 2019 with a transnational joint call for proposals (MICall19) in the field of Energy Storage Solutions. The idea of a joint call is to increase the participation from a wider section of society both to identify the needs of […]

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Champions Corner: Dr Sang Jun Sim produces bioplastics from CO2 using green microalgae

Dr Sang Jun Sim (middle) in his lab. Dr Sang Jun Sim is a professor at Korea University in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. He has dedicated 20 years to developing carbon capture technologies using microalgae. From the development of the core technologies to the demonstration of large-scale CO2 conversion into value-added products […]

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Champions Corner: Dr José Amador Honorato Salazar explores biomass as an alternative feedstock

José Amador Honorato Salazar is Mexico’s Mission Innovation Champion for 2020. Amador is a research scientist at the Experimental Centre, Puebla of the National Research Institute of Forestry, Agriculture and Livestock (INIFAP). He is a forest engineer with a major in forest industries technology from Chapingo Autonomous University, and received a PhD in wood science from […]

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How IRENA is tracking the impacts of energy innovation

Jan Arne Wold ©Equinor A new analysis of offshore wind shows how investments helped develop and deploy innovation in the sector By Martina Lyons (Associate Programme Officer at IRENA – Innovation and End-Use sectors)   Clean energy technology innovation plays a critical role in accelerating the global energy transition toward net-zero. With the transition rapidly […]

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The 2020s: A decade of clean energy innovation

This year, International Energy Agency analysis has stressed the critical need for clean energy innovation in meeting ambitious climate goals such as net-zero emission pledges. To achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, almost half the reductions in 2050 compared with our baseline scenario come from technologies currently at the demonstration or prototype phase. In heavy industry […]

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Collaborating to accelerate the development of new clean energy materials

With materials accounting for at least half of clean energy’s costs, new ‘Materials Acceleration Platforms’ are springing up around the world By Dr. Mark S Kozdras (MI Materials for Energy Co-lead, Program Manager at Natural Resources Canada) Materials for Energy (M4E) is a new collaborative initiative within the MI Innovation Platform. Emerging from the success […]

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MI Missions: accelerating the clean energy transition

    By Marieke Beckmann (Senior Advisor, International Energy Innovation Strategy at the UK’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and Missions Workstream Lead in the MI Secretariat) ———– I joined Mission Innovation (MI) in January 2020, a “super year” in the climate community[1]. The Annual MI Gathering in Riyadh in early February was […]

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Champions Corner: John Olav Tande develops tomorrow’s wind power technology

John Olav Tande, Norway’s MI Champion (first cohort) John Olav Giæver Tande is Chief Scientist and Research Manager at SINTEF Energy Research (Norway), and a pioneer in floating offshore wind energy. He is the director of the newly launched NorthWind research centre, an 8 year, 31.5 million EUR research centre working on innovations to make […]

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