Reports/Opinions

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 Secretariat
  • 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 Secretariat
  • 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: ...

ICEF Programme - and motor vehicles

  • Posted by David Cope
  • September 25, 2017
  • Professor, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge

I am looking forward once again to attending the ICEF event in Tokyo. Last year, there was an extremely interesting concurrent session on motor vehicle technologies, including the potential contribution of "autonomous" technologies. Therefore, I am a little disappointed that there does not seem to be a specific session this year devoted to motor vehicles, given their absolutely fundamental role in...

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

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • September 22, 2017

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...

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

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • September 22, 2017

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...

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

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • September 15, 2017

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...

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

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • September 15, 2017

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...

CTCN and GCF: Expanding Green Technology Assistance in Developing Countries

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • September 8, 2017

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...

15th International Conference on Carbon Dioxide Utilization was held in Shanghai, China in July, 2017..

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • September 8, 2017

The 15th International Conference on Carbon Dioxide Utilization was held in Shanghai, China from July 17th to 21st, 2017. Issues on CO2 as a green feedstock via reduction, CO2 as a building block via functionalization, CO2 capture and mineralization, CO2 as a working agent, and carbon budget, policy & strategies, were discussed. Approximately 400 scientists from more than 20 countries attended...

Peer-to-peer trading of residential PV using blockchain technology to take place in China

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • September 5, 2017

Solar Bankers Singapore is working with the Chinese blockchain technology company ShellPay to enable peer-to-peer trading of PV generation with blockchain technology, using Solar Banker’s own crypto-token SunCoin. The system under development, SunChain, connects residential PV devices through local microgrids. SunChain will contribute to a decentralized electricity system that is cleaner and...

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Rewards Integrated Computation Materials Engineering (ICME) Projects

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • September 5, 2017

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced on JULY 12, 2017 that $19.4 million for 22 new cost-shared projects to accelerate the research of advanced battery, lightweight materials, engine technologies, and energy efficient mobility systems. Among the rewarded projects, two will research, develop, and use integrated computation materials engineering (ICME) techniques to develop low cost carbon ...

G20 noted the work of “Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures”

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • August 28, 2017

According to G20 Hamburg Climate and Energy Action Plan for Growth, Annex to G20 Leaders Declaration, the industry-led Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures has completed work, which includes recommendations on voluntary disclosures of climate related financial risks by corporate. 

IAEA report the possibility of expansion of nuclear power up to 2050

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • August 25, 2017

On 7 August, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announced the 2017 version of a report that describes the current status and future prospects of international nuclear power development. Despite a slowing trend in the recent few years, the report shows that the nuclear capacity may be as twice as the current level in the high case in 2050. The report analyses the factors which could infl...

WHTC, a major international conference on hydrogen was held in Prague, Czech Republic

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • August 9, 2017

WHTC (World Hydrogen Technology Convention) 2017 was held in Prague, Czech Republic on 9th-13th July, 2017. Over 500 people from all over the world attended the conference. 268 presentations about various themes, such as hydrogen production, storage, utilization, and supportive policies were held. There were also exhibition of hydrogen technology, such as fuel cell vehicle (Toyota MIRAI) and ...

CO2 Injection by Japan CCS Exceeded 65,000 metric tons at the end of July.

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • August 9, 2017

According to Japan CCS Co. Ltd, they re-started the CO2 injection at the Tomakomai CCS demonstration project site on 13 July after the scheduled shutdown. In this project, the CO2 injection has commenced since April, 2016, and is progressing very smoothly. At the end of July, the quantity of cumulative injected CO2 has reached 65,446.7 metric tons.

International Energy Agency (IEA) released “Energy Technology Perspectives 2017 (ETP2017) – Catalysing Energy Technology Transformations” on June 6, 2017

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • July 28, 2017

ETP2017 focuses on the opportunities and challenges in technologies of all energy sectors, and it also stresses scaling and accelerating the deployment of clean energy technologies. In the report, IEA regards storage technologies as a key enabler of electricity infrastructure in support of the transition to a low carbon society, and estimates that more than 450GW storage technologies are to be dep...

The 10th Gender Summit: “Better Science and Innovation through Gender, Diversity and Inclusive Engagement” was the main theme

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • July 28, 2017

The Gender Summit 10 – Asia Pacific 2017 was held in Tokyo on May 25-26,2017. Presentations and panel discussions took place in the Plenary Sessions under the themes such as “Female Researchers Tackling Global Serious Issues”, “Gender-based Research and Innovation”, and 6 Parallel Sessions, including “Benefits from Women's Participation in Science, Technology an...

SkyNRG, Fly Green Fund and Swedavia enable sustainable aviation fuel flights from Gothenburg Landvetter Airport

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • July 21, 2017

The Fly Green Fund is a Nordic initiative which aggregates funding to bridge the premium of bio jet fuels. Under the Fly Green Fund scheme, Swedavia, the largest Swedish airport operator, received its first volume of sustainable aviation fuel for 2017 at Gothenburg Airport. With this delivery, Swedavia takes a next step in reducing its entire business travel footprint from flying through its partn...

A series of smart grid related conferences scheduled throughout this year

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • July 21, 2017

IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Smart Grid is sponsoring and/or co-sponsoring more than 20 smart grid related conferences throughout this year. Examples of these conferences include "2017 IEEE International Conference on Smart Grid and Smart Cities (ICSGSC) ", "SMART Power Flow Controllers for Smart Grid Applications", "2017 IEEE International Conference on Smart Energy Gr...

CO2 Summit III: Pathways to Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage Deployment was held in May 22-26, 2017, at Grand Hotel San Michele, Cetraro (Calabria), Italy.

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • July 14, 2017

In the CO2 utilization session on the conference, RD&D framework for CO2 utilization at the Giga ton scale was discussed. Some ongoing policy initiatives such as grant opportunity for CO2 utilization and Direct Air Capture (DAC) were reported. It was pointed out conducting robust and transparent lifecycle emissions assessment is required to understand the effectiveness of CO2 utilization. Barr...

GCF (Green Climate Fund) Requests for Proposals for Mobilizing Funds at Scale

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • July 14, 2017

The GCF invites existing and potential accredited entities to propose projects and programmes that deploy private sector investment in support of mitigation and adaptation activity in developing countries. Up to USD 500 million for this request of proposals will be allocated on minimum of three high-impact projects and programmes that mobilize private sector investment in climate change activity a...

The 1st ‘EMIRI Tech Talk’ on Advanced Materials for Batteries for stationary energy storage & clean mobility was a success

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • July 7, 2017

EMIRI convened a meeting called ‘EMIRI Tech Talk’, with attendance from 40 organizations including its members, EU Commission DG R&I, Joint Research Centre and other invitees. EMIRI Tech Talks offered EMIRI Members an updated overview of insights on technology, players, markets & EU policies from the perspective of Advanced Materials and covering technologies covered in the EME...