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Climate-Tech Commercialization

Innovation is central to addressing global climate change while increasing economic growth, boosting international competitiveness, and eliminating energy poverty. ITIF’s Center for Clean Energy Innovation seeks to accelerate the transition of the domestic and global energy systems to low-carbon resources. In the area of climate-tech commercialization, our research focuses on policies to accelerate adoption of clean-energy and emissions-reducing technologies and practices.


The Hydrogen Hubs Conundrum: How to Fund an Ecosystem

The Hydrogen Hubs Conundrum: How to Fund an Ecosystem

Recent federal legislation provides $8 billion to develop at least four hydrogen hubs, but little guidance. DOE should focus its funding on the capital costs of hydrogen production and infrastructure, while generally eschewing operating expenses and support for end users.

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December 19, 2022|Blogs

Why DOE Should Prioritize Transformational Investments in Industrial Technology to Catalyze GHG Reductions

An example in the chemical industry shows why DOE should prioritize transformative technologies over incremental ones to achieve far greater carbon-reduction impact and trigger a cascade of industrial technology adoption.

December 14, 2022|Reports & Briefings

OCED Observatory Newsletter, Issue 4: Hydrogen Sector Activity Ramps Up

Activity in the hydrogen sector continues to ramp up, as more governments jostle to offer subsidies and incentives. In the U.S., the deadline for concept paper submission to DOE for the H2Hubs program has passed and many credible hubs are emerging.

December 1, 2022|Op-Eds & Commentary

Missing in Action: Clean Energy RD&D for the Building Sector

The building sector is being left out in the cold when it comes to clean energy innovation. It’s long past time for Congress and the administration to rectify this by taking bold action to accelerate energy innovation for buildings.

November 14, 2022|Blogs

Low-Carbon Process Technologies: Key Pieces of the Net-Zero Future

As the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations seeks to accelerate the deployment of low-carbon technologies, it’s vital that process technology innovation be a significant portion of the portfolio.

October 27, 2022|Reports & Briefings

OCED Observatory Newsletter, Issue 3: Hydrogen Hubs Scramble to Meet Deadline

The emerging hydrogen hubs are scrambling to meet the tight deadlines imposed by DOE for H2Hubs applications with the white paper due Nov 7. Meanwhile, some strong new hub contenders have emerged, and the potential impact of IRA hydrogen production subsidies also came into focus.

October 17, 2022|Reports & Briefings

Climate-Tech to Watch: Sustainable Aviation Fuel

Sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) will play the most significant role in meeting President Biden’s goal of a zero-carbon aviation sector by 2050, but significant progress must be made to scale up production and bring down costs.

October 13, 2022|Events

Decarbonizing Chemical Production: Innovation Strategies

Watch the webinar where we shared new work from ITIF, George Mason’s Center for Energy Science and Policy, and the Center for Houston’s Future that investigates these pathways and explores policy options to decarbonize chemical production.

October 11, 2022|Blogs

DOE’s Hydrogen Hubs FOA: Well-Launched, but Beware Choppy Waters

Hydrogen hubs are among the biggest commercially oriented programs that DOE has ever run. They are a test of the notion of a demonstration program at this scale and of the new Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations.

October 6, 2022|Blogs

Midterm Outlook for Energy Innovation Policy

The next Congress will have to wrestle with competing energy and climate innovation policy priorities. But despite their differences, the two parties will have potential opportunities for bipartisan collaboration.

October 3, 2022|Reports & Briefings

Decarbonizing the Chemical Industry: Policy Insights From a Case Study of PVC

A recent first-of-its-kind study of the value chain for polyvinyl chloride production in the United States provides valuable insights into the types and sequencing of policies that will be required to decarbonize chemical production.

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