Energy Innovation Series
About the Project
In order to foster greater understanding of and support for the role of innovation in the energy system, the CSIS Energy Security and Climate Change Program with input and support from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Technology Transitions and Chief Commercialization Officer will host an ongoing discussion series focused on specific categories of energy technology. The purpose of this series is to gather facts and varied feedback on and investigate the innovation priorities within the Department of Energy and the National Laboratory Complex against the broader ecosystem, both domestic and international, for advancing a portfolio of solutions.
The series consists of five public events highlighting the innovation occurring in different energy technology areas and a final wrap-up discussion of the innovation ecosystem at large. The technology areas are storage and battery technologies; grid infrastructure, software, and cybersecurity; carbon dioxide management; advanced nuclear and fusion; advanced transport beyond electric vehicles. Each session will feature a representative from a national lab, an independent researcher, and a representative of the private sector working on innovation in each technology area. In addition, each discussion will highlight the technology area’s route from laboratory testing to demonstration or pilot projects to commercialization and market deployment.
This public discussion explores the innovation occurring in the energy storage and battery space, including batteries for electric vehicles and for grid storage. Under Secretary of Energy for Science Paul Dabbar opens the session with a keynote address. The presentation is then followed by speakers from the national lab system, academia, and the private sector, who present their work and discuss innovation in storage technologies and energy storage’s route from the laboratory to the market.
TBA, 2020: Innovation in Grid Infrastructure, Software, and Cybersecurity
This public discussion will explore the innovation occurring in the area of grid infrastructure, software, and cybersecurity.
TBA, 2020: Innovation in Carbon Management
This public discussion will explore the innovation occurring in the area of carbon management, including carbon capture and utilization, direct air capture, and nature-based solutions.
TBA, 2020: Innovation in Advanced Nuclear and Fusion
This public discussion will explore the innovation occurring in the area of civilian nuclear energy.
TBA, 2020: Innovation in Advanced Transport Beyond Electric Vehicles
This public discussion will explore the innovation occurring in advanced transport beyond electric vehicles, including biofuels and other alternative fuels.
TBA, 2020: The Energy Innovation Ecosystem
This public wrap-up event will tie together all five of the previous events to discuss the state of the energy innovation ecosystem.
This project is made possible by support from ClearPath and the Energy Innovation Fund at National Philanthropic Trust.