Top 10 Innovations

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"Top 10 Innovations" is an event to select the most notable among recent innovative developments in energy and climate change mitigation. By examining the field "Top 10 Innovations" will provide the latest snapshot of technology development and diffusion with the potential to transform society in the fields of energy and environment. The event helps us to understand the state and trends of innovations in each respective area, and helps find areas where further efforts are needed in the future.

ICEF 2019(3,598 KB)PDF

Cateory Title Organization
Research & Development:
Commercial Potential of the Technological Innovation by 2050
Carbon-neutral fuel made from sunlight and air ETH Zurich
Research & Development:
Commercial Potential of the Technological Innovation by 2050
A new chemical catalyst based on indium oxide that converts CO2 and hydrogen into methanol ETH Zurich
Research & Development:
Commercial Potential of the Technological Innovation by 2050
New minerals for carbon capture University of Alberta, University of British Columbia and University of Queensland
Research & Development:
Commercial Potential of the Technological Innovation by 2050
Solar energy becomes biofuel without solar cells Uppsala University
Adoption & Implementation:
Commercial Potential of the Technological Innovation by 2030
A sharing service using battery-replaceable electric smart scooter and a charging station for replaceable batteries e-SHARE Ishigaki Co., Ltd. and Gogoro Inc.
Adoption & Implementation:
Commercial Potential of the Technological Innovation by 2030
Commercialization of alcohol-to-jet, sustainable aviation fuel Lanza Tech
Adoption & Implementation:
Commercial Potential of the Technological Innovation by 2030
Megawatt-scale solid polymer hydrogen generation system enclosed in a 40-foot container Hitachi Zosen Corporation
Adoption & Implementation:
Commercial Potential of the Technological Innovation by 2030
Electrothermal energy storage system can store up to 130 megawatt-hours of thermal for a week in volcanic rock Siemens Gamesa
Adoption & Implementation:
Commercial Potential of the Technological Innovation by 2030
Floating offshore wind power generation system in shallow water area NEDO (Marubeni Corporation, Hitachi Zosen Corporation , GLOCAL corporation, Cosmo Eco Power Co., Ltd., The University of Tokyo, Kyuden Mirai Energy Company, Incorporated)
Adoption & Implementation:
Commercial Potential of the Technological Innovation by 2030
Fully-integrated flow battery Avalon Battery Corporation

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ICEF2018(1,947 KB)PDF

Category Title Organization
Technologies foreseen by 2050 New materials for photocatalysts to produce hydrogen Osaka University
Technologies foreseen by 2050 High efficiency ammonia synthesis from water and nitrogen Giner Inc., Newton, MA
Technologies foreseen by 2050 Advanced small modular reactor (aSMR) Advanced Reactor Concepts, LLC.
Technologies foreseen by 2050 Capture and conversion of atmospheric CO2 into carbon nanotubes C2CNT LLC
Technologies foreseen by 2050 Turning carbon dioxide into concrete University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
CO2Concrete, LLC
Technologies foreseen by 2050 Development of a new, low combustible electrolyte for lithium ion batteries Hitachi and the Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials of Tohoku University
Technologies foreseen by 2050 The world's first 100 kW class demonstration test of ocean current power generation NEDO and IHI Corporation
Business Model Transformation Converting waste heat into electricity Climeon
Business Model Transformation Delivering 100 MW storage within 100 days Tesla, Inc.
Business Model Transformation The world’s first hydrogen-powered train Alstom

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ICEF2017(4,302 KB)PDF

Category Title Organization
R&D Solar 31.17% solar sunroof triple-junction module efficiency Sharp
R&D Solar New world record for thin-film solar cells ZSW (Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg)
R&D Solar World’s highest conversion efficiency of 26.33% achieved in a crystalline silicon solar cell Kaneka Corporation
R&D Hydrogen Water splitting–biosynthetic system with CO2 reduction efficiencies exceeding photosynthesis Harvard University
R&D Energy Storage High-power all-solid-state batteries using sulfide superionic conductors Tokyo Institute of Technology, Toyota Motor Corporation
R&D Energy Storage Long-lasting flow battery could run for more than a decade with minimum upkeep Harvard University
Pilot & Start-up Wind & Energy Storage World’s tallest wind turbine integrated with pumped storage hydro Max Bögl Wind AG, GE Renewable Energy
Pilot & Start-up Biomass Flight powered by biofuel made from residual wood Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance, ICM, GEVO
Pilot & Start-up Biomass 100 percent bio-based plastics for beverage bottles Anellotech, Suntory
Pilot & Start-up Smart Grid/Microgrid Demonstration of peer to peer electricity trading using blockchain technology LO3 Energy, Siemens
Pilot & Start-up Smart Grid/Microgrid Pioneering the networking of storage batteries with blockchain technology Tennet, Sonnen, IBM
Pilot & Start-up PEB (Positive Energy Building) Demonstration of Positive Energy Building Begins in Lyon Toshiba

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ICEF2016No event conducted

ICEF2015(550 KB)PDF

Category Title Organization
R&D Solar French-German partnership achieves 46% PV conversion efficiency in the lab Soitec, CEA-Leti, Fraunhofer ISE
R&D Others (carbon capture) Researchers develop high-performance ionic-liquid-based membranes to capture CO2. 3M Company (US), University of Colorado, Boulder (US)
Pilot & Start-up Wave CETO 5 Wave Energy Farm commences operations in Australia Carnegie Wave Energy Limited (Australia)
Pilot & Start-up Energy Storage World's largest Superconducting Flywheel Energy Storage System test machine is developed Railway Technical Research Institute,
Kubotek Corporation, Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd.,
Mirapro Co., Ltd.,
Public Enterprise Bureau of Yamanashi Prefecture (Japan)
Commercialization Next-generation Cars Toyota launches first commercial FCV, MIRAI Toyota Motor Cooperation (Japan)
Commercialization Solar Hybrid power plant with 600 kW of solar power was commissioned in Berlin GE, Kofler Energies and BELECTRIC
Commercialization Next-generation Cars Mazda releases the most fuel efficient diesel car ever - the Demio Mazda (Japan)
Commercialization Wind MHI Vestas V164-8.0 MW breaks power production record MHI Vestas Offshore Wind A/S (Denmark)
Challenging Solar Researchers at Michigan State University develop transparent solar windows Michigan State University
Policy & Standardization Smart Grid Europe creates a unified gas and electricity market EU transmission companies (EU)

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ICEF2014(4,083 KB)PDF

Title Organization
Increasing community demonstration smart-grid projects involving consumers  NEDO
Achievement for the first time in 15 years of the world's highest photoelectric conversion efficiency of crystal silicon-based solar cells  Panasonic
Startup of demonstration operation of a floating offshore wind power system equipped with a transmission and distribution unit  Fukushima Offshore Wind Consortium
Development of a prototype vehicle running on a liquid fuel cell free of noble metals (overview)  Daihatsu Motor Co.,Ltd.
Dramatic efficiency improvement in perovskite-type solar cells  NIMS, JST
Successive announcement of commercial operation of CCS systems for coal-fired power plants  Global CCS Institute
Disaster-resistant microgrid technology  NEDO
Development of a new type of a nanostructured carbon-based catalyst electrode for next-generation fuel cells  Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)
Initiative for a vehicle-to-building system in progress  Nissan Motor Corporation
Development of a SiC power semiconductor for automobiles  Toyota Motor Corporation

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