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
  • 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: ...

Scientists are finding ways to convert CO2 emitted from power plants to carbon nanotubes

  • Posted by ICEF
  • August 29, 2016
  • ICEF Secretariat Reports/Opinions Team

If CO2 emitted from fossil fuel power plants can be utilized to make other useful materials, it could bring down the cost of materials on top of reducing CO2 emissions. Scientists are now developing ways to produce carbon nanotubes from CO2. https://share.america.gov/carbon-dioxide-could-produce-building-materials/

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European Geothermal Congress 2016

  • Posted by ICEF
  • August 29, 2016
  • ICEF Secretariat Reports/Opinions Team

There is no geothermal energy session this year at ICEF, but the European Geothermal Congress, the largest geothermal event in Europe will be held this year on September 19-23 in Strasbourg, France. It is held every 3 years and it attracts everyone working in the sector both in and outside Europe. Follow the link below for details. http://europeangeothermalcongress.eu/

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PNNL and LanzaTech reach milestone for producing biofuels from CO derived alcohols

  • Posted by ICEF
  • August 29, 2016
  • ICEF Secretariat Reports/Opinions Team

PNNL and industry-partner LanzaTech are working together to convert alcohols derived from captured carbon monoxide(CO), a by-product in the production of steel, into synthetic paraffinic kerosene, a non-fossil-based jet fuel. The team achieved a milestone, producing 5 gallons of jet fuel in the lab, which allows them to scale up the production and move to the next stage of testing. http://energye...

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ICEF Roadmap Workshop was held on April 22, 2016 in New York

  • Posted by ICEF
  • April 22, 2016
  • ICEF Secretariat Reports/Opinions Team

The Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) held its latest ICEF Roadmaps workshop on April 22, 2016. Building onto the success of the first Distributed Solar and Storage Roadmap that was published last year, we organized this workshop to brainstorm ideas for our roadmap-related activities for ICEF 2016 and beyond. Participants discussed how roadmaps should be made and how they should be utilized f...

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ICEF Roadmap 1.0, “Distributed Solar and Storage” Released at COP21

  • Posted by ICEF
  • December 17, 2015
  • ICEF Secretariat Reports/Opinions Team

The final version of the ICEF Roadmap entitled “Distributed Solar and Storage – ICEF Roadmap 1.0”, which reflects discussion that took place in the Solar Energy session of the ICEF 2nd Annual Meeting in October, was released at COP21. Mr. David Sandalow, a member of the Steering Committee, presented an outline of this ICEF Roadmap at forums including a side event hosted by IEA. ...

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Effective Policies will lead to cost effective Energy supply in energy rich Japan without going back to Nuclear

  • Posted by Volker Thomsen
  • November 17, 2015
  • Vice President and Treasurer, World Wind Energy Association

  Effective Policies will lead to cost effective Energy supply in energy rich Japan without going back to Nuclear Most of the electricity generation on our planet is and was in the past based on fossil fuels and some nuclear. Most of them have traditionally in common not to use the heat and therefore only maximum an efficiency rate of around 40 % nuclear around 35 % even below the others. B...

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[Series: Road to Paris & Beyond]
After ICEF 2015 (Tokyo) and before COP21 (Paris)

  • Posted by Georg Erdmann
  • October 15, 2015
  • Professor, Berlin University of Technology

  Prof. Dr. Georg Erdmann georg.erdmann@tu-berlin.de 14 October 2015  The second ICEF annual meeting is over. It was joined by more than 1,000 invited senior researchers, business leaders and policy makers from about 70 nations. Due to the excellence of speakers, the quality of discussions and the generous organization of the conference hosts, the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade a...

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Low carbon society?

  • Posted by Atsushi Iwai
  • October 7, 2015
  • senior managing director, Japan Petrochemical Industry Association

Many speakers have used the wording " low carbon society" in the plenary session in this morning, including Vice Minister of METI. Total amount of carbon on the earth is fixed. Carbon exists in CO2 in the air and the sea, in carbohydrates of plants and animals, and in hydrocarbon of fossil fuels. As it circulates between different forms, carbon plays an important role in maintaining the balance o...

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Discussion on a Provocative Overall Strategy for Energy and Environment Worldwide

  • Posted by Claudio Nicolini
  • October 7, 2015
  • President, Fondazione ELBA Nicolini Nanoworld Institute Labs

  The Science,Technology and Society Forum just ended in Kyoto appears to confirm the critical stage of scientific and technological progress in Energy and Environment, uncapable to find solutions for effective carbon dioxide reduction and for new energy sources really alternatives to nuclear fission, gas , oil and carbon still dominating the scene worldwide many years after the first Kyot...

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Renewable Energy Generation

  • Posted by Peter Liu
  • October 1, 2015
  • Chairman, WI Harper Group

Energy is an important global need and is a critical factor fueling the development and competitiveness economies around the world along with technology and infrastructure. Moreover, we see a strong correlation worldwide between energy consumption and GDP per capita, as increased productivity and energy consumption drives the development of industries, nations, and livelihoods. At the same time, r...

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The Point of View for Top 10 Innovations

  • Posted by Itaru Yasui
  • September 30, 2015
  • Honorary Adviser, National Institute of Technology and Evaluation(NITE)

As an event in ICEF, which was started last year, “Top 10 Innovations” was also started as a competition for low carbon innovations. The Secretariat collected more than 500 new innovations born in the period of about the past one year, and the committee selected about 150 cases as candidates for the 1st voting, and now the final 25 candidates have been selected. The voting system becam...

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How ambitious is the GHG reduction target of Japan?

  • Posted by Kenji Yamaji
  • August 7, 2015
  • Director-General, Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE)

IntroductionThe government of Japan officially communicated its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) on 17 July, 2015. Japan’s INDC states a level of GHG (greenhouse gas) reduction of 26.0% by fiscal year (FY) 2030 compared to FY 2013 (25.4% reduction compared to FY 2005). Japan’s GHG reduction target is set as the sum of domestic emission reductions and removals and the ...

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[Series: Road to Paris & Beyond]
What can be expected from ICEF2015?

  • Posted by Georg Erdmann
  • August 7, 2015
  • Professor, Berlin University of Technology

The series of annual ICEF conferences was established in 2014 in order to stimulate the awareness concerning the role of innovations towards solving the global warming issue. We all know that present technologies and practices to produce and consume is not sustainable, particularly in the field of energy. Thus new approaches are needed. The task is particularly challenging as the greenhouse gas ch...

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Decision making under uncertainty – Climate sensitivity and 2 degree target

  • Posted by Mitsutsune Yamaguchi
  • July 28, 2015
  • Special advisor to Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth

Huge uncertainty in Equilibrium Climate Sensitivity There remain huge uncertainties related to almost all aspects of climate change, including science, technology and economy. We are not sure of the future impacts of climate change whether there exists a particular temperature increase level (threshold) above which our society cannot tolerate. We are not sure whether and when unknown innovati...

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[Series: Road to Paris & Beyond]
What can be expected from COP21 from the viewpoint of clean technologies?

  • Posted by Georg Erdmann
  • June 30, 2015
  • Professor, Berlin University of Technology

The new bottom-up approach invites individual countries to propose national emission reduction targets on a voluntary basis. These statements had been due to end of May 2015. As far as it is known today, most national emission reduction targets are not rather ambitious. It therefore seems that the IPCC target of limiting the global temperature increase by 2 degrees Celsius will probably not reache...

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Should Developing the Foundation for Alleviating Global Warming through Iron-Fertilization of Southern Oceans be Debated at ICEF-2?

  • Posted by Adam Heller
  • February 13, 2015
  • Professor, McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Texas

The press of the wealthier countries covers the CO2 emission-caused global warming and most of the political leaders of the richer countries advocate remedying its causes.  However, in my interactions with friends, neighbors and academics, including students at leading universities, I have met very few who know the basics of Professor Kaya’s teachings. Fewer than 1 % of those whom I hav...

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Low-carbon Technologies and Heat Island Measures for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

  • Posted by Itaru Yasui
  • September 24, 2014
  • Honorary Adviser, National Institute of Technology and Evaluation(NITE)

According to media coverage, a variety of advanced technologies is to be adopted for the National Stadium to be built anew for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and heat island measures will be required in order to provide a good temperature environment especially for Marathon runners.

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Three Challenges in the Sustainable Future of Energy Systems

  • Posted by Nobuo Tanaka
  • September 8, 2014
  • Professor, GraSPP, the University of Tokyo, Global Associate for Energy Security and Sustainability, the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan(IEEJ), Former Executive Director at the International Energy Agency (IEA)

The International Energy Agency (IEA) published the Energy Technology Perspectives (ETP) 2014 last June. The document is the IEA's biennial flagship publication concerning energy technology solutions for a sustainable future. The ETP 2014 states that a revolutionary reversal of shares of power sources needs to occur to achieve almost zero carbon generation in order to contain the atmospheric temp...

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Which technology or innovation is most critical to achieving a sustainable and affordable low-carbon energy system in Europe?

  • Posted by Georg Erdmann
  • August 25, 2014
  • Professor, Berlin University of Technology

One lesson from the German Energiewende is that low-carbon energy solutions cannot come from a short list of innovations and technologies. Crucial is the system integration of low-carbon technologies.   For example, photovoltaic has become a promising technology as its investment costs have sharply declined. Therefore the number of competitive markets and market niches are largely growing a...

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Barriers disturbing development of innovative measures for mitigating climate change

  • Posted by Yoichi Kaya
  • August 19, 2014
  • President, Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE)

According to SPM of IPCC AR-5 WG1(1) cumulative (anthropogenic) emissions of CO2 and global mean surface temperature response are approximately linearly related. It indicates that stabilization of the global surface temperature requires almost zero emission of CO2. Considering that more than 85% of primary energy mankind depend upon are fossil fuels, we mankind are required to make drastic efforts...

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