Monday, August 20th

Mtro. Leonardo Beltrán

  • Deputy Secretary for Planning and Energy Transition
    Secretariat of Energy

Biography

Leonardo Beltran Rodriguez, Deputy Secretary for Planning and Energy Transition, holds a Master’s in Public Administration in International Development from Harvard Kennedy School.

He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), and studied Law at the Faculty of Law at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).

From 2005 to 2012, he joined the Secretariat of Energy (SENER), as Director of International Negotiations and Director General of Information and Energy Studies.

He also worked as a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization.

Before his Presidential appointment as Deputy Secretary for Planning and Energy Transition in December of 2012, he collaborated in the International Affairs coordination division with the campaign and governmental transition team of President Enrique Peña Nieto.

Abstract

Materials for the Energy Sector

The innovation process to develop new materials within the energy sector and bring these to market, can take at least 10 to 20 years and results very costly. Accelerating and improving this process through international collaboration in research and development (R&D) could result in major breakthroughs for the energy sector.

In this sense, Mexico is part of the international Mission Innovation initiative, which aims to "double between 2015 and 2020 public investment in research and technological development of clean energy and encourage the private sector."

As part of this initiative, we work on seven Innovation Challenges, where Mexico leads the "Advanced Discovery of Energy Materials"; which has as an objective to develop a Material Acceleration Platform that allows discovering new, high performance and low-cost materials.

This initiative seeks to significantly reduce the cost and improve the quality, generation, transmission, distribution and use of energy technologies.

The work done under this Challenge will be directed to the development of a fully integrated end-to-end Material Acceleration Platform that will accelerate the discovery of materials throughout the entire process, from low to high technology readiness levels. The focus will be on cutting-edge R&D technologies with a long-term vision towards 2030 and beyond that will lead to automated and autonomous MAPs.

This proposal will benefit all the stages of the innovation process of new clean energy materials and take advantage of the international advances of individual activities.