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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 RD&D, our research focuses on public and private investments to invent and improve technologies with the potential to significantly reduce carbon emissions.
Publications and Events
March 16, 2023|Events
Petrochemicals Without the Petro: A New Initiative?
Watch to learn more about these exciting innovations and to discuss a federal initiative (such as a DOE EarthShot) to accelerate them.
March 8, 2023|Blogs
An Unenergized America: A Midterm Assessment of U.S. Energy Funding
The FY 2023 omnibus bill increased the Energy Department’s budget by $1.4 billion. Along with provisions in the bipartisan infrastructure law and the Inflation Reduction Act, the future of clean energy innovation should be bright. But a closer look reveals notable funding gaps.
March 3, 2023|Reports & Briefings
OCED Observatory Newsletter, Issue 5: H2Hub Competition Narrows
DOE has received 79 applications for hydrogen hubs (H2Hubs) funding and recommended that 33 submit a full proposal. This edition of the newsletter also includes two special sections: a review of major hydrogen investments and the outlook of European hydrogen efforts.
March 3, 2023|Blogs
Petrochemicals Without Fossil Fuels: A National Climate-Tech Initiative
Zero-emission petrochemical production has never enjoyed the focus, the visibility, or the resources directed at other energy innovations. This must change.
February 28, 2023|Op-Eds & Commentary
Drilling for Clean Energy Innovation
A portion of all new federal royalties from oil and gas drilling leases should go into a dedicated clean energy innovation fund, according to an op-ed written by Stefan Koester.
February 21, 2023|Reports & Briefings
Climate-Tech to Watch: Hydrogen-Powered Aviation
Policymakers and the aviation industry see hydrogen as a promising low-carbon fuel for aviation. But to make hydrogen-powered flight a reality, they first need to bring down the cost of green hydrogen and overcome aircraft design challenges.
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 15, 2022|Blogs
An Energy Innovation Agenda for the 118th Congress
As we face a divided 118th Congress, policymakers can still find common ground to spur continued growth for American energy innovation.
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.