Breakthrough Energy Catalyst launches its first global ‘Request for Information’ on emerging climate technology projects

The best decisions are made based upon information that is accurate, comprehensive and up to date.  That’s why Breakthrough Energy Catalyst, a program of Bill Gates-backed Breakthrough Energy, on 20 September put out a Request for Information (RFI) on the market size and technological status of four key technology sectors whose rapid development in the […]

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Shipping out: The challenges and opportunities of decarbonizing the world’s most global industry

Simone Staal Kibæk, Director of the Zero-Emission Shipping Mission   In June, the first three MI Missions were launched. All are now working toward ambitious goals to rapidly scale up clean energy and clean transportation solutions. Simone Staal Kibæk, director of the Zero-Emission Shipping Mission, was recently interviewed by the Mission Innovation team. Simone is […]

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Champions corner: Dr. Yoshiki Takagiwa believes that innovating new and better materials can improve society

  Yoshiki Takagiwa, Japan’s 2020 MI champion, is a principal researcher and independent scientist at the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS). In 2009, he received his Ph.D. in materials science from the University of Tokyo. From 2009 to 2015, he was an assistant professor at the University of Tokyo. He joined as permanent researcher […]

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Champions Corner: Dr. Malak Al-Nory focuses on advancing research on clean energy

  Dr. Malak Al-Nory is an advisor of Sustainability and Climate Change in the Saudi Ministry of Energy. She is an expert in clean energy and clean water integration, innovative solutions, and strategic planning. She is an established researcher with published research collaborations with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and others. She is an […]

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Shaping the Global Innovation Community on Affordable Heating and Cooling of Buildings

The Innovation Community on Affordable Heating and Cooling of Buildings is part of MI’s COLLABORATE module of the Innovation Platform. Our work builds upon recent innovation successes including the Global Cooling Prize, the Comfort and Climate Box and the Predictive Maintenance and Optimisation Project, which involved 50 partners across 15 countries. Our vision is to […]

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Champions Corner: Anna Skarbek is bringing people together to achieve net zero

Anna Skarbek is CEO of ClimateWorks Australia, having led the non-profit since its creation in 2009. A former banker, policy adviser and lawyer, she is also a board member of Impact Investment Group, Green Building Council of Australia and the Centre for New Energy Technologies, and was a founding director of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation. Previously, Anna worked in London’s carbon markets […]

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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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