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Climate-Tech RD&D

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.

Climate-Tech RD&D

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.

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