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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.


Beyond Force: A Realist Pathway Through the Green Transition

Beyond Force: A Realist Pathway Through the Green Transition

Trying to force adoption of clean energy with subsidies, regulations, and exhortations will fail. The only realistic way to spur the green transition is to develop clean technologies that can reach effective price and performance parity with dirty ones. Then markets will adopt them at scale.

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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September 8, 2023|Op-Eds & Contributed Articles

Price Over Performance: Why Green Energy Is Different From Previous Technology Revolutions

The drivers that accelerated every transformative innovation since the industrial revolution won’t work for green tech.

August 4, 2023|Blogs

Biological Solutions to Climate Challenges Deserve More Attention

Clean energy technologies need to reach price/performance parity with dirty energy—and biology may well be the most promising source for innovations that can achieve that goal.

July 25, 2023|Op-Eds & Contributed Articles

A Realist Pathway Through the Green Transition

The harsh reality is that until clean energy is as cheap and performs as well as dirty energy, the world will not adopt it at anything like the needed scale. So, governments must focus on developing clean energy sources at price and performance parity with dirty fuels — “P3.”

July 25, 2023|Events

A Realist Climate Policy: Driving Clean Tech to Price/Performance Parity

Watch now for the release event for the important new report and panel discussion on why P3 must be the new lens governments that governments must use to decide which clean energy technologies to support and how to support them.

July 24, 2023|Testimonies & Filings

Comments to the Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations at DOE Regarding Use of Demand-side Support for H2Hubs

Compared to grey hydrogen, clean hydrogen is significantly more costly—about three times for blue hydrogen and six times for green hydrogen. Demand-side support can help accelerate development and reach Nth-of-a-kind stages, supporting DOE’s mission by providing a predictable commercial market for clean hydrogen.

July 21, 2023|Blogs

House Republican Opposition to DOD Clean Energy Technology Is Misguided

A group of House members, including defense appropriators, have questioned Pentagon spending on energy technology seen as “green,” including EVs, solar photovoltaics, and energy storage technology. But DOD is electrifying the battlefield not to be green, but to improve combat performance, which increasingly turns on technology that runs on electricity.

July 20, 2023|Events

Reimagining Energy Permitting for the 21st Century

Watch now for the Capitol Hill briefing event featuring keynote remarks by Reps. Garret Graves (R-LA) and Scott Peters (D-CA) followed by an expert panel discussion on ways Congress can reduce barriers to digital energy solutions, increase new energy infrastructure technologies, and modernize our entire energy infrastructure.

July 5, 2023|Reports & Briefings

Innovation Amplifiers: Getting More Bang for the Buck on GHG Reductions

The pace of GHG reductions needs to greatly accelerate. Recent investments are a great start but are not sufficient. We need to amplify the current investments to achieve clean energy as the norm and improve competitiveness.

June 26, 2023|Op-Eds & Contributed Articles

How Biden’s Budget Shortchanges Clean Energy Innovation

The president’s budget proposal for the coming fiscal year serves as a blueprint for how the government plans to deliver on the promise to bolster U.S. investments in science and technology in a bid to outcompete China in key industries.

June 20, 2023|Reports & Briefings

Closing the Trucking Gaps: Priorities for the Department of Energy’s RD&D Portfolio

Transitioning heavy-duty trucks to net-zero emissions is an important yet formidable challenge. Expanded RD&D support is needed to meet emission goals at price-performance parity.

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