ICEF2016 Side Event: ICEF/G7WG
Summary of ICEF/G7WG
5th October 2016
The G7 Energy Ministerial Meeting was held in Kitakyushu, Japan in May 2016. In a joint statement, G7 countries declared that they encourage collaboration among relevant research laboratories and institutes to promote the development of innovative clean energy technologies. This agreement aims to generate excellent research outputs which have high potential for GHG reduction by leveraging advanced technologies and resources mainly across G7 countries. The G7WG (working group) was held at ICEF (Innovation for Cool Earth Forum), convening a worldwide gathering of researchers, policy makers, and industry representatives to exchange views on research topics and arrange international joint R&D projects.
Twenty participants from research institutes and universities gathered in Tokyo, Japan for the ICEF/G7WG and discussed priority technology fields and arrangements for international joint R&D at the technical sessions on hydrogen carrier system based on CO2 recycling technology and high temperature geothermal power generation. At the plenary session, promotion of international collaboration for the future was discussed across technology fields.
In the research field on hydrogen carrier systems based on CO2 recycling technology, researchers from AIST (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan), PNNL (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, US), BNL (Brookhaven National Laboratory, US) and FZ-Jülich (Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany) agreed to promote continuous cooperation and to develop the technologies on high efficient and durable catalysts, high-pressure hydrogen production systems, hydrogen utilization, and so on. Researchers from EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Swizerland) and KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia) also agreed with this cooperation and to contribute to the joint R&D.
In the research field on high temperature geothermal power generation, researchers from AIST (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan), LBNL (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, US), GFZ (Deutsche GeoForschungsZentrum, Germany), OGS (Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale, Italy), BRGM (Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières, France) and the representative of the EERA (European Energy Research Alliance) Joint program Geothermal Energy agreed to promote continuous cooperation, to improve joint investigation methods, to develop the technologies on material/equipment for high temperature, numerical and laboratory simulation of enhanced geothermal systems, joint interpretation of field experiment to deepen scientific understanding of high temperature geothermal systems, and so on.
Personnel exchange among research institutes by promoting international collaboration develops global human resources of young researchers and generates innovative technologies which require middle-/long-term R&D. Hence, information provision on industrial trend, policy lead and sufficient financial support by each government are very important to promote advanced R&D.
Holding WG for promotion of international joint R&D, related not only to ICEF but also to G7 Energy Ministerial Meeting (Italy in 2017) and beyond, leads to sustainable international joint R&D of innovative clean energy technologies while expanding the number of collaborating countries.