Innovation in the energy transition - Fostering business competitiveness

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European clean energy start-ups are brimming with new ideas, but they could use help to get products to market faster, panellists told a Friends of Europe Café Crossfire debate on 20 June.

The theme is especially urgent after US President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris agreement, provoking fears of a reduction in America’s contribution to clean energy innovation. In reaction, other parts of the world appear willing to fill the void. The European Union and China renewed their commitments to further foster the clean energy revolution at this year’s Mission Innovation and Clean Energy Ministerial meetings in Beijing. That high-level political will could drive ambitious, real-world clean energy policies and actions.

Private companies will be major drivers of the low-carbon future. Advances that can help bring down barriers to the successful and sustainable deployment of renewables include major technological innovations, new business strategies, changes in social behaviour and new options for energy storage. To accelerate this, the private sector will need a business environment in which they can forge ahead, meaning active support from government.

“Engagement with the private sector is going to be important,” said Patrick Child, European Commission Deputy Director-General for Research and Innovation and Chair of the Mission Innovation Steering Committee. “Increasingly, the European Union will be expected to continue to take a global lead in the debate on climate change.”

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With the United States of America pulling out of the Paris Agreement and the rest of the world willing to fill the void, innovation in the energy transition has never received such impetus for acceleration. On one hand, the EU, China and the international community have renewed their commitments to further foster the clean energy revolution at this year’s Mission Innovation and Clean Energy Ministerial meetings in Beijing, providing the opportunity to leverage high-level political will to drive ambitious, real-world clean energy policies and actions. On the other hand, private sector leadership is gaining traction with companies forging ahead as the new drivers of the shift towards a low-carbon future. Major innovative technological advances, new business strategies, as well as changes in social behaviour, such as new options to energy storage, can help bring down the next barriers to the successful and sustainable deployment of renewables across Europe and the globe.

  • What is the role of “cleantech” as a cross-cutting element for enhancing the competitiveness of European industry?
  • What policies and industrial initiatives should Europe favour to enable new technological developments, taking into account the need for energy security, affordability for citizens and businesses, and competitiveness ?
  • How to ensure a better alignment between Research, Innovation and industrial policy priorities in the energy transition?

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Welcome of participants
Café Crossfire
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Speakers include

Patrick Child

European Commission Deputy Director-General for Research and Innovation

Felix Dembski

Vice-President of Strategy at Sonnen

Caroline Hillegeer

Senior Vice-President of Strategy and Technology Watch at ENGIE

Caroline Rozain

Co-Founder of Sylfen

Moderator

Dharmendra Kanani

Chief Operating Officer and Chief Spokesperson of Friends of Europe

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Patrick Child

European Commission Deputy Director-General for Research and Innovation

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Patrick Child works to support the European Union’s global leadership of the green technology transition by ensuring it plays a decisive role to boost public and private investment in clean energy innovation. Child also chairs the Mission Innovation Steering Committee, a global initiative consisting of 22 countries working together to dramatically accelerate global clean energy innovation through reinforced international commitment.

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Felix Dembski

Vice-President of Strategy at Sonnen

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As Germany’s leading battery producer founded in 2010, Sonnen strives to increase energy independence for buildings, allowing citizens to cover about 75% of their yearly energy requirements with self-produced clean energy. Felix Dembski plays a key role in further developing the startup’s vision, to connect citizens with each other to share clean and affordable energy where and when it’s needed.

 

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Caroline Hillegeer

Senior Vice-President of Strategy and Technology Watch at ENGIE

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As one of the world’s leading energy companies, ENGIE’s key priorities include decentralising the energy generation, developing the hydrogen sector as well as implementing storage solutions to remedy the intermittence of decentralised energy production and guarantee consumers continuous electricity supply. Within ENGIE Fab, the ENGIE innovation booster, Caroline Hillegeer is developing mass scale, disruptive hydrogen businesses by anticipating and integrating new technologies of tomorrow.

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Caroline Rozain

Co-Founder of Sylfen

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Caroline Rozain co-founded Sylfen in 2014, one of the ‘100 technology startups to look out for’ in the energy category by Innovation Review magazine. The successful French startup strives to prove that a 100% renewable world is possible, through the development of a fully-integrated solution for both storage and energy production, such as hybrid batteries and new electrolysers that can be used as fuel cells.

 

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