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Mission Innovation at DEMEX: Strategic dialogue with the private sector on Clean-Energy Innovation
11-14 September, Mexico City
A. Stubelius and D. Pamlin at Mission Innovation
The EU, together with other members of Mission Innovation, engaged in a strategic dialogue on effective public-private cooperation on clean-energy innovation at DEMEX, Dialogues for the Future of Energy 2017, held on 11-14 September in Mexico City. The event was co-organised with the World Economic Forum.
Mission Innovation is acting as a catalyst for private-sector engagement, speeding up the exchange of knowledge and best practices and bringing results closer to the market.
"The forum stressed that private sector investment remains critically important to commercialise sufficiently advanced ideas and solutions", said the EC representative in Mexico, Gerd Schönwälder. "But that private-sector engagement may also take other forms. Philanthropic organisations, for example, may want to help build coalitions, track progress and impact, or disseminate results".
The momentum built at this meeting and the resulting collaboration with the private sector will be further strengthened at the European Union's Clean-Energy Industrial Competitiveness Forum in February and the third ministerial meeting of Mission Innovation next May in Malmö.
DEMEX also hosted the international experts’ workshop on the Clean Energy Materials Innovation Challenge with the Mexican Ministry of Energy (SENER) and the U.S. Department of Energy (US DOE) in partnership with Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR).
The results of this workshop will be published in a report that includes the scientists’ insights for dramatically accelerating innovation in clean energy materials. It will be posted on the Mission Innovation website and distributed to the 23 Mission Innovation members and research institutions worldwide by end of 2017.
Horizon 2020 Energy Info Days
The registration for this year’s Horizon Energy Information Days taking place on 23, 24 and 25 October 2017 in Brussels is open. During the Information Days you will get the updates on the European Energy policy and learn about energy priorities of the Horizon 2020 2018-2020 calls for proposals "Building a low-carbon, climate resilient future: Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy". In addition, you will learn how to apply for funding and have the opportunity to network and find project partners.
Study on Lessons for Ocean Energy Development
Europe has a significant ocean energy resource which could contribute to the decarbonisation of the energy system and create a new industry with export opportunities worldwide. Despite advancements in the last two decades, tapping into this resource has turned out to be a challenge. The objective of this study is to point to failures and good practices/lessons learnt in ocean energy technology development in Europe in relation to tidal and wave energy. The focus has been on both technological and non-technological (finance, IPR, business operation or other) issues and barriers to cooperation. Based on the collected information, the aim is to identify in a structured way the most important key issues for further development of the sector.
The study was conducted by Ecorys and Fraunhofer IWES with the involvement of many ocean energy stakeholders. It presents a chronological overview of developments in the sector. In tidal energy, significant convergence has taken place, while there is still fragmentation in the wave segment.
The study concludes that root causes and barriers to development are diverse and interrelated. They call for an integrated approach and close cooperation between public and private actors, from industry, academia to financial institutions and governments. Change of behaviour towards embracing good practices and learning from past experiences is urgent. Knowledge and experience sharing are indispensable for enhancing learning. The study makes several recommendations for the future, such as better coordination of technology development, knowledge exchange, aligning framework conditions and support activities, and effective use of public funding.
Energy Info Days 2017
This year the Energy Info Days will present the new funding opportunities and innovative schemes offered by Horizon 2020’s Work Programme 2018-2020. Applying for funding is a competitive process, and only the best project proposals will be selected. If you would like to know more about the type of projects we will be looking for, save the date and join us in Brussels on 23, 24 and 25 October 2017.
EU Sustainable Energy Week 2017
During the EU's Sustainable Energy Week, public authorities, energy agencies, research organisations, NGOs, businesses, and private consumers will have the chance to exchange ideas about providing secure, clean and efficient energy. Events organised as part of the week will include the annual Policy Conference on sustainable energy as well as networking opportunities and an awards ceremony for energy-saving initiatives.
23-24 October 2017, Brussels, Belgium - European Universities in the Energy Transition: Towards a Clean Energy Future
23-25 October 2017, Brussels, Belgium - Horizon 2020 Energy Info Days