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Mission Innovation members, partners and stakeholders,

It has been almost three years since Mission Innovation launched, and we have started to see real progress, including an additional $4 billion of public sector funding in clean energy innovation and a number of new international partnerships.

I am honoured to assume the role of Mission Innovation Steering Committee Chair.  I would like to thank my predecessor, Patrick Child, for his exemplary leadership and I look forward to working with him as the European Commission’s representative on the Steering Committee.  I know that there is much work to be done, but I am convinced, as I know all of you are, that by working collaboratively we can truly accelerate the clean energy revolution.

My priority as Chair over the coming year is to help steer Mission Innovation towards our common objectives, including boosting public and private investment in clean energy innovation, strengthening partnerships, and raising awareness of gaps and opportunities. Over the last few months, I have been engaging with all members of Mission Innovation and look forward to working with all of you to implement and deliver on the Mission Innovation Action Plan.

Canada has the added privilege and responsibility of hosting MI-4 in Vancouver, British Columbia in May 2019.  As we continue to actively plan for the next Ministerial, I will ensure that it is a collaborative effort and I will be seeking input from our members and our international partners.

I have recently started a Twitter account (@FDR_MI) to help highlight Mission Innovation related activities and events. I will gladly contribute to the promotion of member initiatives and events.

I look forward to working with all of you.

Frank Des Rosiers
Chair, Mission Innovation Steering Committee
Newsletter highlights
In this edition we share information on funding opportunities linked to Mission Innovation Challenges, the Global Cooling Prize and Horizon 2020 Calls for Proposals. We showcase the work of the Innovation Challenge on Converting Sunlight and report on the collaborative work between Mission Innovation and the International Energy Agency.

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The Global Cooling Prize is rallying a coalition of leaders from around the world to solve the critical climate threat that comes from growing residential air conditioning demand. The $3 million prize will harness the power of innovation to develop and scale breakthrough affordable cooling solutions that enhance people’s lives without contributing to runaway climate change. Find out more here.

Horizon 2020, the multi-annual programme for research and innovation of the European Union, is launching two new funding opportunities for thermal storage projects to support the implementation of Innovation Challenge 7: Affordable Heating and Cooling  of Buildings. The involvement of organisations from non-EU Mission Innovation member countries is a requirement for one Call for Proposals and recommended in the other. Find out more here
The International Energy Agency (IEA) and Mission Innovation (MI) intend to address their shared goal of accelerating global clean energy innovation through enhanced collaboration. Building on the strong foundations of their existing relationship, the Letter of Intent on MI-IEA Cooperation signed at the third Mission Innovation Ministerial (MI-3) identifies five main pillars of collaboration. Find out here about how MI members and those involved in the clean energy transition can contribute to activities and benefit from the collaboration.
Dr. Fatih Birol, IEA Executive Director, at the MI-3 Opening Ceremony
Innovation inspired by nature’s power generator

The MI Innovation Challenge on Converting Sunlight (IC5) is bringing together governments, academics and the private sector to achieve the performance breakthroughs and cost reductions needed to deploy solar fuel technologies at large scale. The process is inspired by nature, where photosynthesis creates a solar fuel from sunlight, water and carbon dioxide. Funding opportunities in this area are increasing, with the European Commission’s Prize for Artificial Photosynthesis and the recently published German 7th Energy Research Programme. Read more about IC5 activity and plans here
The 2018 International Renewable Energy Agency Innovation Week: Solutions for a Renewable-Powered Future put innovation in the spotlight, attracting over 300 international policy makers, innovators and leading companies to Bonn. Philippe Dauphin, Director General, Canmet Materials Laboratory at Natural Resources Canada (right), and Patrick Child, Deputy, Director General of the European Commission, attended the international gathering to represent Mission Innovation, find out more and see images on our Flickr account

A visual identity is an important communications tool used to create broad recognition for a initiative. It consists of a common look and feel that is applied across all products created by the initiative, including logo design, fonts, photos and any other visuals used. 

As part of Mission Innovation’s (MI) 2017-18 Communications Strategy, it was decided that a visual identity would strengthen recognition for the initiative and what it stands for, allowing for global awareness of MI and its role in the clean energy revolution. Working with the MI Secretariat and Steering Committee Chair, Canada contracted a communications agency to develop a visual identity for MI.
We are pleased to inform you that the new visual identity has been approved by the MI Steering Committee and  is now in the final stages of development. Within the next month, MI members will receive a package of guidance on how to apply the visual identity when creating MI products, along with templates to use for MI PowerPoint presentations and reports.
As a sneak peek, here is the new MI logo!
Read about ten significant innovations in renewable energy technology in the MI 2020 Solutions booklet, including:
  • Development of printing process for fabrication of a highly efficient and large area perovskite photovoltaic modules in South Korea. The project has broken the world record for perovskite solar cell efficiency five times and achieved an efficiency level of 22.7% on a unit cell in October 2017 (page 32).
  • A wave energy convertor design inspired by the pumping principles of the human heart. The design enables the converter to oscillate in resonance with the incoming waves, strongly amplifying their motion and power capture (page 41).

Find out more about these technologies and discover innovations in Smart Grids & Energy Storage, Fuels, Transportation, Buildings, Industry and Innovative Financing in the Solutions booklet.
  • The recently published Global Innovation Index 2018 is dedicated to the theme of Energizing the World with Innovation. It analyses the energy innovation landscape of the next decade and identifies possible breakthroughs in fields such as energy production, storage, distribution, and consumption. It also looks at how breakthrough innovation occurs at the grassroots level and describes how small-scale renewable systems are on the rise.
  • As a joint program under Mission Innovation, the Department of Biotechnology, India’s Ministry of Science and Technology, and the International Energy Agency have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which aims at enhancing innovation for the clean energy transition. The MoU aims to deepen their co-operation in support of clean energy innovation to accelerate research, development, and demonstration of clean energy technologies in India and recognize the need to support the generation of data for policy-making and improve knowledge of good policy practice for innovation in India and around the world.
  • The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced over $20 million in funding for 64 projects supported by the Technology Commercialisation Fund. With additional matching funds from the private sector, these projects will advance promising commercial energy technologies and strengthen partnerships between DOE’s national labs and private sector companies to deploy energy technologies to the marketplace.
07/10/18 to 09/10/18 - Science and Technology in Society Forum, Kyoto (Japan)
The 15th Annual Meeting of the Science and Technology in Society Forum is taking place in Japan..

10/10/18 to 11/10/18 - Innovation for Cool Earth Forum, Tokyo (Japan)
The Government of Japan is hosting the Innovation for Cool Earth Forum bringing together international leading figures tackling climate change through technological innovation.

17/10/18 to 18/10/18 - IC8 deep dive workshop, Berlin (Germany)
Participants in the new IC on Renewable and Clean Hydrogen Innovation Challenge are meeting in Germany for a workshop involving industry, government and academics. 

23/10/18 - Ministerial Meeting on Hydrogen, Tokyo (Japan)
The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation will jointly hold a Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting. The meeting will bring together ministers of major countries committed to hydrogen-related efforts worldwide, representatives of private companies and other stakeholders.

25/10/18 to 26/10/18 - Second International Meeting on Clean Energy Materials Innovation Challenge (IC6), New Delhi (India)
Representatives of IC6 and relevant stakeholders will meet in New Delhi to discuss the priorities for IC6. For more details please contact Dr Sanjay Bajpai and Dr Ranjith Krishna Pai.

31/10/18 to 01/11/18 - International Off-Grid Renewable Energy Conference and Exhibition, Singapore
The conference will be a global platform for sharing experience and best practices on design and implementation of enabling policies, tailored financing schemes, innovative business models and technology applications for stand-alone and mini-grid systems.
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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