Full Title:Advancing the Landscape of Clean Energy Innovation
Author(s): IHS Markit and Energy Futures Initiative
Publisher(s): Breakthrough Energy
Publication Date: 02/2019

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New research-led by IHS Markit vice chairman, Daniel Yergin and former U.S. Secretary of Energy and Energy Futures Initiative founder, Ernest J. Moniz-assesses the state of the clean energy innovation ecosystem in the U.S. and identifies clean energy technologies with the highest breakthrough potential.

The report, entitled Advancing the Landscape of Clean Energy Innovation evaluates ways to maintain U.S. leadership in clean energy innovation by better aligning the policies, players and programs that will drive technologies that can keep the nation globally competitive.

The report examines a broad list of technologies related to the areas of energy supply (electricity and fuels), energy application (industrial, transportation and buildings) and cross-cutting technology areas (including large-scale carbon management, advanced materials and high-performance computing). From this broad list the report identifies 10 high-priority clean energy innovation areas:

Storage and battery technologies
Advanced nuclear reactors
Hydrogen
Advanced manufacturing technologies
Building energy technologies
Electric grid modernization and smart cities
Large-scale carbon management
Carbon capture, use and storage
Sunlight to fuels
Biological sequestration

The report says that clean energy innovation is critical for national economic strength, competitiveness, security and for addressing effectively the challenges of climate change. It finds that longstanding U.S. leadership in this area will be maintained only if the existing ecosystem in strengthened.

Greater coordination between all stakeholders is required to create the conditions for commercial adoption of groundbreaking clean energy technologies, it finds.