Mission Innovation is a global initiative that currently involves 22 countries and the European Union to dramatically accelerate global clean energy innovation. Mission Innovation was announced on November 2015 as world leaders met in Paris to undertake ambitious efforts to fight climate changes.
As part of the initiative, participating countries have committed to seek to double their governments’ clean energy R&D investments over five years, while encouraging greater levels of private sector investment in transformative clean energy technologies.
At the end of 2016 the following 7 Innovation Challenges have been agreed upon and launched:
1) Smart Grids; 2) Off-Grid Access to Electricity; 3) Carbon Capture; 4) Sustainable Biofuels; 5) Converting Sunlight; 6) Clean Energy Materials; 7) Affordable Heating and Cooling of Buildings.
The Mission Innovation workshop at Electrify Europe will provide the participants with the opportunity to get updated information about the present status of this global initiative and its future steps, including its initial main achievements and ongoing activity in two specific Innovation Challenges - Smart grids and Clean Energy Materials.
The workshop will include a roundtable focusing on smart grids, involving international panelists from different energy sectors and the audience to collect useful feedback which will shape future activity.
This will underscore Mission Innovation’s drive towards government and industry involvement and commitment to promote technology advances.
11:00 Mission Innovation main goals and objectives and the seven Innovation Challenges
11:20 Main outcomes from the Mission Innovation Ministerial past meetings
11:40 Activity and main achievements from IC#1 on smart grids
12:10 Q&A session
12:30 Adjourn of the session and lunch break
14:00 Recap of the morning session
14:10 Activity and main achievements from IC#6 on clean energy materials
14:30 Roundtable panel discussion “Mission Innovation approach next steps and country’s commitment”
15:40 Q&A session
15:50 Conclusions and the way forward
16:00 End of the workshop