Top 10 Innovations


"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.

ICEF2018 Winners

Category A: Technologies foreseen by 2050

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New materials for photocatalysts to produce hydrogen

Osaka University

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High efficiency ammonia synthesis from water and nitrogen

Giner Inc., Newton, MA

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Advanced small modular reactor (aSMR) 

Advanced Reactor Concepts, LLC. 

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Capture and conversion of atmospheric CO2 into carbon nanotubes


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Turning carbon dioxide into concrete

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
CO2Concrete, LLC

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Development of a new, low combustible electrolyte for lithium ion batteries

Hitachi and the Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials of Tohoku University

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The world's first 100 kW class demonstration test of ocean current power generation

NEDO and IHI Corporation

Category B: Business Model Transformation

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Converting waste heat into electricity


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Delivering 100 MW storage within 100 days

Tesla, Inc.

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The world’s first hydrogen-powered train


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Previous Winners


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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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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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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