Clean Energy Materials Innovation Challenge: a European Meeting

25 October 2018
Lungotevere Thaon di Revel, 76, Roma


This European meeting will bring together experts from around the world to identify critical research and development (R&D) priorities and gaps in clean energy materials innovation processes and explore opportunities for deeper collaboration. In particular the aim of this meeting is to present the actions at European level to turn the goals of the Materials Challenge.

Mission Innovation (MI) is a global initiative launched by 20 heads of state in Paris in November 2015. MI’s goal is to accelerate public and private energy innovation to address global energy challenges, make clean energy affordable to consumers, and create jobs and commercial opportunities in the energy sector. Together, the 20 founding partner countries represent 75 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from electricity and over 80 percent of the world’s clean energy research and development (R&D) investment. Over the past year, MI added four new members: the European Union, Finland, the Netherlands, and Austria.

This meeting is part of MI’s Clean Energy Materials Innovation Challenge, which is one of eight Innovation Challenges — technology areas where MI countries believe increased international attention and investments would significantly accelerate the global transition to low-carbon economies.

The ultimate goal of this Innovation Challenge is to accelerate the exploration, discovery, and use of new, high-performance, low-cost clean energy materials by at least an order of magnitude. That is, we aim to reduce the time it takes to discover new materials from 10 to 20 years to under 1 year.

Participants in the Materials Challenge aim to do this by combining material sciences with three key cutting/edge technologies: AI, robotics and advanced computing. This will allow us to automate and improve each step of the innovation chain of new materials, with the goal of leveraging these to enable an integrated, end-to-end materials innovation approach or “platform.”  Ultimately, the plan is to develop “self-driving laboratories.”

The Materials Challenge will benefit a wide range of energy sectors and applications. Materials discovery is a key element of the innovation cycle of energy conversion, transmission, and storage technologies—as well as energy use. Specific application areas for new materials include advanced non-toxic and higher energy density batteries, advanced solar cells and other functional materials, low energy semiconductors, thermal storage, coatings for various applications, and catalysts for the conversion and capture of CO2. Identifying and pursuing prime R&D opportunities will facilitate development of innovative materials and their rapid integration into clean energy applications—thus accelerating the transition to a sustainable future.

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    • 9:30 Registration and welcome coffee
    • 10:00 Welcome Address: Roberto Morabito, Director of Department for Sustainability ENEA-SSPT
      • Chair: Amelia Montone, ENEA, MI Representative from Italy
    • 10:30 Marcello Capra, Ministry of Economic Development (MISE): Italian position on MI
    • 11: 00 Mark S. Kozdras, Natural Resources Canada, CanmetMATERIALS, Co-Lead Clean Energy Materials Innovation Challenge: MI IC6 Overview and Outlook
    • 11:30 Vito Borrelli, Deputy Head of the Representation in Italy of the European Commission: Actions and challenges
      • Chair: Monica Fabrizio, C.N.R., MI Representative from Italy
    • 11:45 Frederic Chandezon, coordinator of EERA Joint Programme AMPEA, Head of SyMMES UMR 5819 ,CEA Grenoble/INAC, France: Needs and opportunity: the vision of AMPEA and EERA
    • 12:15 Philippe Jacques, Managing Director, EMIRI – Energy Materials Industrial Research Initiative: Vision and expectations of European industry
    • 12:45 Silvia Valentini, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions NCP Team, APRE – Agenzia per la Promozione della Ricerca Europea: The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions in Horizon 2020. Focus on ITN, RISE and IF
    • 13:20 Lunch
      • Chair: Federico Cernuschi, R.S.E., MI Representative from Italy
    • 14:50 Ole Martin Løvvik, SINTEF Materials Physics and University of Oslo, Norway: Clean Energy FET Flagship
    • 15:10 Ole Martin Løvvik, SINTEF Materials Physics and University of Oslo, Norway: High-throughput search for heat harvesting materials
    • 15:30 Antonio Rinaldi, ENEA-SSPT-PROMAS – NEXTOWER coordinator: Rationale alloy design for development and optimization of new alloys for high-temperature and extreme environments
    • 16:00 Stefano Fabris, Istituto Officina dei Materiali, CNR-IOM: Modelling catalytic interfaces for solar energy conversion and usage
    • 16:30-17:00 Discussion and concluding remarks

Local organizer: Amelia Montone, ENEA