On October 10, the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago, in partnership with the American Council for Capital Formation, ClearPath, and Oxford University hosted a Washington, DC conference, “Clean Energy Innovation: Making the Most of R&D Investments.”
Identifying and overcoming barriers to clean energy innovation are critical components to successfully reducing greenhouse gas emissions. History suggests, however, that more R&D spending alone does not necessarily result in successful outcomes. It is equally important to ensure that these resources are spent wisely – directed to the most promising opportunities and nurtured by a supportive policy environment – if they are to achieve the desired innovation outcomes. Yet, with billions in private and public funds at stake, it is remarkable how little we know about how to do so.
ACCF Director of Energy Innovation Programs Drew Bond moderated the panel: “Commercialization and Bringing Technology to Market at Speed and Scale.” Panelists Varun Rai, Associate Professor, LBJ School of Public A airs, University of Texas, Austin; Ellen Williams, Distinguished University Professor, University of Maryland, College Park; and Johanna Wolfson, Principal, PRIME Coalition weighed both the challenges of commercialization and best practices for success.
Read more about the event here.