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Materials Development for Net Zero Emission (Reviews and Prospects of ICEF 2017 Concurrent Sessions)

  • Posted by Itaru Yasui
  • November 24, 2017

The relation between materials and energy ranges diversely from, for example, improving energy efficiency through the development of new structural materials (e.g. weight reduction or engine combustion efficiency improvement by high temperature resistant alloys) to improving battery capabilities by developing new electrolytes. ...

ICEF2017 Roadmaps: CO2 Utilization 2.0 and Energy Storage

  • Posted by ICEF
  • November 14, 2017

Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) is today releasing innovation roadmaps for carbon dioxide utilization and energy storage, technologies with the potential to contribute significantly to long-term net zero GHG emissions. ...

[Updated] COP23 Events with participation from the ICEF: ICEF regional meeting and our latest roadmaps on CO2 Utilization and Energy Storage

  • Posted by ICEF
  • December 11, 2017

The latest ICEF Roadmaps, CO2 Utilization 2.0 and Energy Storage, will be released at side events of COP23 to be held in Bonn, Germany. ...

Hydrogen & Fuel Cells (Reviews and Prospects of ICEF 2017 Concurrent Sessions)

  • Posted by Pierre-Etienne Franc
  • December 13, 2017

Hydrogen technologies have made promising steps in the last years on several fields. ...

Biofuels (Reviews and Prospects of ICEF 2017 Concurrent Sessions)

  • Posted by James D. Kinder
  • December 13, 2017

In the last ten years there have been major developments to produce a “drop-in” fuel for aviation from bio-derived sources. ...

CCS (Reviews and Prospects of ICEF 2017 Concurrent Sessions)

  • Posted by Alex Zapantis
  • December 13, 2017

The CCS session was Chaired by Alex Zapantis, General Manager Commercial at the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute, and joined by four excellent speakers: ...

CCS (Reviews and Prospects of ICEF 2017 Concurrent Sessions)

  • Posted by Alex Zapantis
  • December 13, 2017
  • General Manager Commercial, Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute

The CCS session was Chaired by Alex Zapantis, General Manager Commercial at the Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute, and joined by four excellent speakers:  ● Mr. Ian Yeates, Director, Carbon Capture and Storage Initiatives, Planning, Environment and Sustainable Development Division, SaskPower  ● Dr. Leslie Mabon, Lecturer in Sociology, School of Applied Social St...

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Biofuels (Reviews and Prospects of ICEF 2017 Concurrent Sessions)

  • Posted by James D. Kinder
  • December 13, 2017
  • Senior Technical Fellow, Boeing Commercial Airplanes

In the last ten years there have been major developments to produce a “drop-in” fuel for aviation from bio-derived sources. Fuel has been developed from a variety of feedstocks and conversion technologies. The wide variety of feedstocks that have currently been used to produce fuels have come from bio-oils, sugars, biomass, and waste gases with more feedstocks being explored. There h...

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Hydrogen & Fuel Cells (Reviews and Prospects of ICEF 2017 Concurrent Sessions)

  • Posted by Pierre-Etienne Franc
  • December 13, 2017
  • Vice President, Advanced Business and Technologies World Business Unit, Air Liquide

Hydrogen technologies have made promising steps in the last years on several fields. On the fields of tangible achievement, fuel cells have increased penetration in stationary applications, as demonstrated by Panasonic, initial vehicle marketing initiatives (both from Toyota, Honda and Hyundai) have shown solid reliability and customer adoption, stations development and infrastructure projects a...

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[Updated] COP23 Events with participation from the ICEF: ICEF regional meeting and our latest roadmaps on CO2 Utilization and Energy Storage

  • Posted by ICEF
  • December 13, 2017
  • ICEF Secretariat Reports/Opinions Team

Updated: December 13 On November 14, the latest ICEF Roadmaps, CO2 Utilization 2.0 and Energy Storage, were released at side events of COP23 held in Bonn, Germany. ICEF develops roadmaps to share visions and facilitate discussions for the development and dissemination of innovative low carbon technologies. This year, two roadmaps drafts of CO2 Utilization 2.0 and Energy Storage were ...

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Materials Development for Net Zero Emission (Reviews and Prospects of ICEF 2017 Concurrent Sessions)

  • Posted by Itaru Yasui
  • November 24, 2017
  • Honorary Adviser, National Institute of Technology and Evaluation(NITE)

Session background and objectives: ・The relation between materials and energy ranges diversely from, for example, improving energy efficiency through the development of new structural materials (e.g. weight reduction or engine combustion efficiency improvement by high temperature resistant alloys) to improving battery capabilities by developing new electrolytes. ・In this session, firstly, whil...

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ICEF2017 Roadmaps: CO2 Utilization 2.0 and Energy Storage

  • Posted by ICEF
  • November 14, 2017
  • ICEF Secretariat Reports/Opinions Team

[Release] ICEF_Roadmaps_Nov14_2017 ▼ (EN)ICEF2017 Roadmaps: CO2 Utilization 2.0 and Energy Storage ▼ (JP)ICEF2017 ロードマップ:CO2利用2.0とエネルギー貯蔵 ICEF2017 Roadmaps: CO2 Utilization 2.0 and Energy Storage November 14, 2017 23rd Conference of the Parties / UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Bonn, Germany Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) is today releasing innovation roadmaps for car...

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Business Action to Tackle Climate Change (Reviews and Prospects of ICEF 2017 Concurrent Sessions)

  • Posted by Jun Arima
  • October 31, 2017
  • Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, The University of Tokyo

It was a great pleasure for me to have had an opportunity to moderate the session on “Business Action to Tackle Climate Change”. With excellent panelists, Mr. Ted Nordhaus (Breakthrough Institute), Mr. Hiroyuki Tezuka (Keidanren), Mr. Philippe Fonta (WBCSD) and Ms. Nicolette Bartlett (CDP), our discussion touched upon many issues including feasibility of the 2 degrees target, sector ...

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Energy Storage (Reviews and Prospects of ICEF 2017 Concurrent Sessions)

  • Posted by Hiroshi Asano
  • October 31, 2017
  • Associate Vice President, Energy Innovation Center, Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry

Energy storage is a key technology for decarbonization and supporting the smart society. Therefore, it is an imperative topic for ICEF. The session room was occupied fully because it attracted a high level of interest. Globally installed non-pumped hydro electricity storage has grown rapidly, over 50% per year and reached 3.5 GW in 2016. However, storage needs will remain largely answered by exi...

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Social System Innovation in the Energy Sector: Blockchain (Reviews and Prospects of ICEF 2017 Concurrent Sessions)

  • Posted by Kenichiro Yamaguchi
  • October 31, 2017
  • Research Director, Mitsubishi Research Institute Inc.

Nowadays, hardly a day passes by without hearing some news about blockchain technology or its most famous manifestation, the Bitcoin. Due to its responsiveness, distributed nature, low cost, and proof against fraud, blockchain technology is suited for peer-to-peer transaction. On the other hand, any low-carbon future envisages a substantial introduction of variable renewable energy, which tends ...

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IEA Side Event: Energy Technology Perspectives 2017 – Catalysing Energy Technology Transformations

  • Posted by ICEF
  • October 30, 2017
  • ICEF Secretariat Reports/Opinions Team

Time and Date: 12:50-13:20, Thursday, 5 October, 2017 Venue: Neptune, 4th Floor, Plaza, Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo October 5, during ICEF 2017 annual meeting, informative side event was hosted by the International Energy Agency (IEA). Mr. David Turk, the Acting Director of the IEA’s Directorate of Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks, presented IEA’s flagship publication devoted t...

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IRENA Launch Event - Battery energy storage: Facilitating the next phase of the energy transition

  • Posted by ICEF
  • October 30, 2017
  • ICEF Secretariat Reports/Opinions Team

Time and Date: 12:10-12:40, Thursday, 5 October, 2017Venue: Neptune, 4th Floor, Plaza, Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo October 5, during ICEF 2017 annual meeting, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) launched (for the first time in the world) its latest report on “Electricity storage and renewable: Costs and markets to 2030”. Dr. Dolf Gielen, director of the IRENA Innovation ...

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The 1st International Conference on Large-Scale Grid Integration of Renewable Energy in India successfully concluded

  • Posted by ICEF
  • October 16, 2017
  • ICEF Secretariat Reports/Opinions Team

The 1st International Conference on Large-Scale Grid Integration of Renewable Energy in India, endorsed by the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, was successfully concluded in New Delhi in September 2017. This international conference, addressing the challenge of the governmental goal to install 175 GW of renewable energy generation capacity in India by 2022, attracted more than 350 part...

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Platinum free catalyst for polymer electrolyte fuel cells was released

  • Posted by ICEF
  • September 29, 2017
  • ICEF Secretariat Reports/Opinions Team

Platinum is the essential metal for polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEFC). It accounts for 40-45% of the total cost of PEFC. On 13th September 2017, Nisshinbo Holdings Inc. released carbon-based catalyst for PEFC, named "carbon alloy" and it is utilized in a 30W PEFC for mobile devices made by Ballard Power Systems Inc.. The new catalyst is used in the air electrode of the Ballard's PEFC stack and...

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61st IAEA General Conference was held at Vienna on 18-22 September 2017

  • Posted by ICEF
  • September 29, 2017
  • ICEF Secretariat Reports/Opinions Team

61st IAEA General Conference was held at Vienna on 18-22 September 2017. The General Conference takes place annually, giving an opportunity to all IAEA Member States to jointly consider matters related to the IAEA’s ongoing work, budget and priorities. Close to 2,500 participants attended this year’s event, including delegates from 157 of the IAEA’s 168 Member States, internation...

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GPIF selected three ESG indices

  • Posted by ICEF
  • September 29, 2017
  • ICEF Secretariat Reports/Opinions Team

Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF), Japan selected three ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) indices for Japanese equities and commenced passive investment tracking those indices. Investment heeding ESG factors is expected to enhance risk-adjusted return over the longer term. In choosing the ESG indices, GPIF emphasized that (1) “positive screening" that determines constituent c...

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UN Women and technology leaders launched Global Innovation Coalition for Change for accelerating transformative change in innovations

  • Posted by ICEF
  • September 22, 2017
  • ICEF Secretariat Reports/Opinions Team

UN Women launched the Global Innovation Coalition for Change (GICC), a partnership between UN Women and key representatives from the private sector, academia and nonprofit institutions. The GICC is a two-year period initiative and aims to accelerate transformative change in innovations in science, technology, policies, management and finance for working better for young women and girls. In the ba...

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7th High Temperature Solid Looping Cycles Network Meeting was a success

  • Posted by ICEF
  • September 22, 2017
  • ICEF Secretariat Reports/Opinions Team

The High Temperature Solid Looping Cycles Network is a networking organization under IEAGHG (IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme) aiming at promoting further development and scale-up of innovative processes for CO2 capture which involve solid looping cycles operating at elevated temperatures.  The research meeting among the members of the network takes place every other year.  This time...

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30 percent of Avinor’s aviation fuel could be sustainable by 2030

  • Posted by ICEF
  • September 15, 2017
  • ICEF Secretariat Reports/Opinions Team

A new report from Rambøll, international engineering company, shows that 30% or 400 million liters of all aviation fuel used at Avinor's airports could be sustainable by 2030. This fuel would be created from forestry waste and pulpwood from Norwegian forests. The main objectives of the report were to look at access to sustainable fuel and new, certified production technologies and to evalua...

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China initiated to develop a timetable for terminating production and sales of gasoline and diesel cars.

  • Posted by ICEF
  • September 15, 2017
  • ICEF Secretariat Reports/Opinions Team

U.K. and France have recently announced they would phase out vehicles using gasoline and diesel. China announced they would seek the same phase out of fossil-fuel-powered car on September 9, 2017 in International Forum on Chinese Automotive Industry Development in Tianjin. China promotes New Energy Vehicles policy including supportive measures for electric vehicles to mitigate local air pollutions...

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CTCN and GCF: Expanding Green Technology Assistance in Developing Countries

  • Posted by ICEF
  • September 8, 2017
  • ICEF Secretariat Reports/Opinions Team

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) are stepping up collaboration to accelerate the development and transfer of technologies for energy-efficient, low-carbon and climate-resilient development. This partnership is well illustrated through the GCF Readiness Programme that has approved funding to support the governments in advancing green technology initi...

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