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U.S. National Academies workshop series on clean energy innovation (July 27- August 7, 2020)

last modified Jul 21, 2020 01:43 PM

C-EENRG Fellow Professor Laura Diaz Anadon is a speaker at the U.S. National Academies workshop series on clean energy innovation, which will be held online from July 27 through August 7.

A widespread and rapid transition to low-carbon energy by 2050 is essential to keep pace with ambitious policy goals and avoid the worst consequences of climate change. Historically, prior energy transitions have taken 50-100 years from initial breakthrough to widespread adoption, which means this transition must be implemented on a much shorter time scale.

The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is convening a virtual series of workshops to examine barriers and highlight successful strategies for accelerating clean energy innovation. These events will feature timely, action-oriented assessments of how to strengthen demand for new clean energy technologies and facilitate cross-agency and cross-sector collaboration to solve today’s energy challenges. Panels with experts and thought leaders in the clean energy innovation space will be broadcast online, including opportunities for audience Q&A participation. The opening session will feature remarks and discussion from Paul Dabbar, U.S. Department of Energy Under Secretary for Science. The workshop series' closing session will feature former U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz.

For the convenience of online participants, the workshop panels are spread over multiple days in order to keep session lengths under two hours. Sessions can be streamed at


  • Monday, July 27 from 1pm-3pm EST: The Imperative to Accelerate Energy Innovation
  • Tuesday, July 28 from 1pm-2:30pm EST: Strategies for Acceleration: Strengthening User Pull
  • Wednesday, July 29 from 1pm-2:30pm EST: Strategies for Acceleration: Leveraging and Learning from the Department of Defense
  • Friday, July 31 from 1pm-2:30pm EST: Managing DOE’s RD&D Portfolio
  • Monday, August 3 from 1pm-3pm EST: Expert Roundtable
  • Tuesday, August 4 from 1pm-2:30pm EST: Advanced Manufacturing and the Climate Crisis: Changes and Opportunities
  • Thursday, August 6 from 1pm-2:30pm EST: Thinking Globally
  • Friday, August 7 from 1pm-2:30pm EST: Next Steps

Professor Laura Diaz Anadon will speak on Thursday, August 6, workshop on Thinking Globally. Topics for discussion in this session include how to: coordinate RD&D and demand-pull policies, especially for hard-to-decarbonize sectors; foster resilient and secure supply chains; protect intellectual property without stifling innovation; balance domestic job creation with global efficiencies; and avoid “lock-in” of inferior technologies. Overarching all of these difficult issues is the future of the international institutional architecture for clean energy innovation.

Learn more on the workshop series website

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