Mission Innovation (MI) is a global initiative launched by 20 heads of state in Paris in November 2015. MI’s goal is to accelerate public and private energy innovation to address global energy challenges, make clean energy affordable to consumers, and create jobs and commercial opportunities in the energy sector. Together, the 20 founding partner countries represent 75 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from electricity and over 80 percent of the world’s clean energy research and development (R&D) investment. Over the past year, MI added three new members: the European Union, Finland, and the Netherlands.
Mexico, Canada, and the United States are co-leading an initiative of Mission Innovation called the Clean Energy Materials Innovation Challenge also known as Advanced Materials Challenge. In September 2017, the Advanced Materials Challenge team held a highly successful deep dive experts’ workshop in Mexico City. Over 130 attendees representing 17 countries gathered for the workshop. Results of this workshop are described in a landmark report released at a ceremony in Mexico City in January 2018. At this ceremony, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) officially joined SENER and US DOE as co-leader of this global initiative.
The Report outlines a new “Materials Acceleration Platform,” which centers on self-driving/smart and autonomous laboratories that automatically design, perform, and interpret experiments in the quest for accelerating discovery of new materials by 10x. This landmark document constitutes the first scientific roadmap to come out of Mission Innovation. It lays out six specific areas that must be addressed to achieve its ambitious goals.
A follow-on workshop of the Advanced Materials Challenge, which focused on Structural Materials and 3D Printing, took place at McMaster Innovation Park in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on March 15-16, 2018, drawing 74 attendees, with 68 experts and scientists, representing 8 countries. This second workshop was co-led by Canada (NRCan), Mexico (SENER) and U.S.A. (DOE), in partnership with McMaster University's Faculty of Engineering and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR).
MI’s Clean Energy Materials Innovation Challenge represents a collaborative effort of 17 countries and the European Commission: