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In this seventh edition of the Mission Innovation (MI) newsletter we showcase the new Innovation Challenge on Renewable and Clean Hydrogen; highlight an opportunity for MI members to collaborate with the World Economic Forum to explore country-specific implementation opportunities; and share further exciting announcements and thoughts on priorities for future following the third Ministerial (MI-3). We hope that you find the newsletter interesting and informative. If you do please pass on the newsletter sign up link to your network.

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Mission Innovation recognises the role of hydrogen in the energy transition  

One of the significant announcements at MI-3 was the launch of the eighth Innovation Challenge, on Renewable and Clean Hydrogen (IC#8). The IC#8 members have quickly commenced the development of a plan to achieve the objective of IC#8 which is to accelerate the development of a global hydrogen market by identifying and overcoming key technology barriers to the production, distribution, storage, and use of hydrogen at gigawatt scale. Read about the Challenge and the activity of IC#8 participants here.

IC#8 collaborations
Mission Innovation Champions Programme is looking for the next generation of innovators. It is open for registrations until 10th September.

If you are driving the pace of the clean energy revolution with a new technology or solution; or if you know of a researcher or innovator who is developing novel ways of making clean energy cheaper and more reliable, please apply or nominate any exceptional researchers to become one of the next MI Champions through the MI Champions website!
The collaboration between MI and the World Economic Forum offers MI and its members opportunities to strengthen public private collaboration, pursue bold ideas for accelerating energy innovation, and engage in dialogue events. This builds on the outcomes of MI-3, where Cheryl Martin, the Managing Director of the Forum facilitated roundtable public-private partnership discussions on five key technology areas. The Forum is ready to work with MI and directly with MI Members interested in exploring implementation opportunities. Find out more here.


Following an inspirational Ministerial, work is underway to deliver Mission Innovation’s 2020 Goals. At MI-3, Ministers identified priorities for action including improving public-private collaboration, improving the regulatory framework to encourage innovation and showcasing successes and impact. Find out about the plans to address these priorities.
The MI 2020 Solutions booklet includes ten examples of innovations in smart grids and energy storage from across the world, ranging from early stage research on solid state batteries in Japan (page 16) to the demonstration of virtual energy storage in two German cities (page 24). The potential of energy trading is highlighted by two projects:
  • The Piclo Peer-to-Peer Energy Trading Platform from the UK (page 10) is a match-making service for local energy markets. Just as Airbnb matches customers with the most relevant short-term rentals, Piclo matches customers with the energy produced by their neighbour’s solar panels. Piclo also enables the distribution network operators to participate by placing bids for “demand flexibility” in congested parts of their network and reward customers accordingly.
  • The Power Ledger blockchain platform from Australia (page 12) will enable electricity metering, big data acquisition, rapid micro transactions and grid management at an unprecedented granular scale. This will allow value to be derived from investment in distributed energy resources.

Piclo energy trading platform
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Find out more about these technologies and discover innovations in Renewable Energy, Fuels, Transportation, Buildings, Industry and Innovative Financing in the Solutions booklet.
India has launched further Calls for Proposals linked to the MI Innovation Challenges. Three Calls are now open and have deadlines for submission of Letters of Intent of 31st August 2018: Other news:
  • IRENA has published a brief highlighting the positive momentum for off-grid renewable energy, and its transformative impact as a key pillar of Sustainable Development Goal 7.
  • Three new Implementation Plans were approved at the European Union Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) Steering Group meeting on the 13th June 2018.  One in the context of the Initiative for Global Leadership in Wind Energy, another on Bioenergy and Renewable Fuels for Sustainable Transport and the last one on Europe to become a global role model in integrated, innovative solutions for the planning, deployment, and replication of Positive Energy Districts.
  • Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) has released a report entitled “Chilling Prospects: Providing Sustainable Cooling for All” quantifying the growing risks and assessing the opportunities of the global cooling challenge.
05/09/18 to 07/09/18 – IRENA Innovation Week 2018, Bonn (Germany)
IRENA Innovation Week 2018 is a solutions-focused gathering of around 250 leading companies, innovators and policy makers from across IRENA’s diverse global membership, convened to explore how innovations in enabling technologies, business models, system operations and sector coupling can accelerate the renewable power transition. This is an invitation only, free-to-attend, event. Expressions of interest should be made by email. Please note with attendance limited to circa 250 attendees it may not be possible to accommodate all requests, early requests will be given priority.

12/09/18 to 14/09/18 - Global Climate Action Summit, San Francisco (USA)
The 2018 Summit will bring people together from around the world to showcase climate action and inspire deeper commitments from national governments, and each other, in support of the Paris Agreement. The Summit will culminate in a call to action to nations to step up their ambition under the Paris Agreement, and cut emissions on a science-based trajectory that limits warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius.

18/09/18 to 20/09/18 - World Economic Forum Annual meeting of New Champions, Tianjin (China)
The Annual Meeting of the New Champions is the foremost global summit on innovation, science and technology, promoting entrepreneurship in the global public interest. This year for the first time, the Annual Meeting of the New Champions will also convene experts and decision-makers in the World Economic Forum’s newly launched Fourth Industrial Revolution Councils.

19/09/18 to 21/09/18 - G7 Environment and Energy Ministers Meeting, Halifax (Canada)
As part of Canada’s G7 presidency, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, and the Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources, will co-host a meeting of G7 Environment, Energy and Oceans Ministers in Halifax, Nova Scotia, from September 19 to 21, 2018. Under the theme of Working Together on Climate Change, Oceans and Clean Energy, ministers will discuss global climate action, clean growth and sustainable finance, resilient coasts and fisheries, plastic pollution, energy security and clean energy.

24/09/18 to 25/09/18 – Sustainable Development Impact Summit, New York (USA)
700 business, government, civil society and academic leaders from more than 70 countries will convene at the second Sustainable Development Impact Summit in New York, taking place during the week of the United Nations General Assembly. The Sustainable Development Impact Summit 2018 aims to shape an agenda for action and serve as a platform to harness cutting-edge scientific, technological and digital innovations.

26/09/18 - One Planet Summit, New York (USA)
Heads of State, business leaders, and other non-state actors, will once again come together to account for the implementation of commitments made at the One Planet Summit and build trust and collaboration for ongoing multilateral climate action.

28/09/18 to 29/09/18 – ChangeNOW – International Summit for Change, Paris (France)
All around the globe, inspiring individuals are inventing new solutions, rethinking the way we do business, challenging the status quo. ChangeNOW celebrates and supports those changemakers. It is the annual reunion for all enthusiasts who want to shake and shape the world we live in.
Mission Innovation is a global initiative of 23 countries and the European Union to dramatically accelerate global clean energy innovation. As part of the initiative, participating countries have committed to seek to double their governments’ clean energy research and development investments over five years, while encouraging greater levels of private sector investment in transformative clean energy technologies. These additional resources will dramatically accelerate the availability of the advanced technologies that will define a future global energy mix that is clean, affordable, and reliable.
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