Energy Innovation Center
The Energy Innovation Center (EIC) is an energy-sector knowledge hub that connects Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) to the rest of the world. Its focus areas are:
The EIC is an integral part of the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) Energy Division, which is, in its own right, a focal point of excellence within the Infrastructure and Environment Department. The EIC will boost the Energy Division’s research capacity, and through extensive use of web-based dissemination and regional policy dialogues, become a catalyst for knowledge and best practices exchanges.
Key to the success of this endeavor is the People, and Secondment Program. This unique partnership brings government, company, and university experts to the EIC, to participate as members of the team, for a two-year period. During their tenure, the Secondees are expected to contribute to all three of the EIC’s program areas. Currently the EIC is hosting three Secondees (from Japan, Korea, and Spain), and discussions to secure additional experts, such as in Energy Storage with GDF Suez (France), Marine Energy with the Scottish Development International (UK), and others are ongoing.