Featured image: Adnan Z. Amin, Director General of IRENA and Swedish Minister for Policy Coordination and Energy, Ibrahim Baylan. Credit: IRENA

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and Mission Innovation have agreed to work together in reinvigorating and accelerating clean energy innovation.

The collaboration is aimed at scaling up the deployment of renewable energy technologies through knowledge sharing on innovation data, trends and priorities.

Mission Innovation is an initiative of 22 countries and the European Commission working to fast-track clean energy innovation. Read more: Rwandan community org in search for solar energy innovation

To effect the agreement, a letter of intent was signed between Ibrahim Baylan, Minister for Policy Coordination and Energy in Sweden, on behalf of Mission Innovation, and Adnan Z. Amin, Director General of IRENA.

“Innovation is at the heart of the global energy transformation, not only in terms of technological advancements but also in policy, finance and business,” said Amin.

“By collaborating with Mission Innovation, we can bring together the knowledge, data, convening power and experiences of the two organisations to create innovative approaches to develop the energy system of the future,” he added.

Accelerating clean energy innovation

Speaking on behalf of Mission Innovation, Baylan said: “There is an urgent need to accelerate clean energy innovation. The member nations can do this better and faster with the global collaboration of the Mission Innovation. Likewise, the Mission Innovation itself stands stronger when collaborating with other international organisations in the clean energy field.”

Key areas for collaboration include:

  • Tracking Innovation Progress: Working together in order to improve the quality of data and insights on progress in renewables and energy system technologies and better inform high-level decision-making processes related to clean-energy innovation.
  • Strengthening cross-border collaboration on innovation: Identifying research priorities to support RD&D in key technology areas, monitoring technological evolution, and identifying relevant innovation gaps.
  • Sharing insights and knowledge on innovation policy priorities and strategies: Leveraging IRENA’s data, tools and reports to inform Mission Innovation activities and priority areas.