Emerging Technologies

Topic Background

Innovation in the energy sector is accelerating, and there are nascent technologies which may have significant effects to the energy sector in the long run. At ICEF, emerging technologies such as artificial photosynthesis, nuclear fusion, solar power satellites and CO2 utilization are discussed as examples of potential technologies that can address our energy and environmental challenges.

Example technologies:

Comments and Discussion

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...

ICEF2017 Roadmaps: CO2 Utilization 2.0 and Energy Storage

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • November 14, 2017

[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...

[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 13, 2017

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 ...

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...

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 ...

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 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...

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...


  • Posted by David Sandalow
  • January 17, 2017
  • Inaugural Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University

Last October more than 1000 people from around the world convened in Tokyo for the 3rd Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF). With participation from senior government officials, business executives and thought leaders, the conference has become an important forum for dialogue on ways to promote clean energy and protect the planet.But ICEF is more than an annual conference.  The ICEF Innovat...

ICEF2016 Roadmap Project

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • December 7, 2016

ICEF2016 Roadmap Project December 7, 2016 [Updated] Roadmap Launch Event at COP22 Sustainable Development for Realization of “Net Zero Anthropogenic Emission of CO2” and  Desirable Innovation to Come – Launch Event of the Roadmap Developed by Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) – On November 16, 2016, the launch event of the ICEF Roadmaps successfu...

CARBON-NEGATIVE ENERGY SYSTEM -- Sustainable World Energy Supply and Global Environment Restoration Using Renewable and Nuclear Energies

  • Posted by Masao Hori
  • September 15, 2016
  • Staff, Universal Energy Research Institute, Inc.

Investigated is a carbon-negative energy system which supplies energy sustainably to the world and sequestering carbon from the global carbon cycle to control atmospheric CO2 concentration. In the conceptual system presented, carbon will be effectively removed from the global carbon cycle by the biomass-nuclear synergistic process to produce biochar and biofuel. Typically, by this carbon-negative ...

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

  • Posted by ICEF Secretariat
  • August 29, 2016

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/

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...

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...