Energy Technology Innovation: Learning From Historical Successes and Failures

Energy Technology Innovation: Learning From Historical Successes and Failures

By: Charlie Wilson (editor), Arnulf Grubler (editor)Hardback

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Energy technology innovation - improving how we produce and use energy - is critical for a transition towards sustainability. This book presents a rich set of twenty case studies of energy technology innovation embedded within a unifying conceptual framework. It provides insights into why some innovation efforts have been more successful than others, and draws important policy conclusions. The case studies cover a wide range of energy technologies, ranging from energy supply to energy end use, from successes to failures and from industrialized, emerging and developing economies. The case studies are presented by an international group of eminent scholars under the auspices of the Global Energy Assessment (GEA), whose main volume was published in 2012 by Cambridge University Press. Energy Technology Innovation presents new data, new concepts and novel analytical and policy perspectives. It will prove to be invaluable for researchers, policy makers, economists, industrial innovators and entrepreneurs in the field of energy technology.

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Arnulf Grubler is a world leading scholar on the history of energy systems and on technological change and innovation policy. He is Acting Program Leader of the Transitions to New Technologies Program at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria, and Professor in the field of Energy and Technology at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University. He has been serving as lead and contributing author and review editor for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 1996. He has authored or edited several books, including Technology and Global Change (Cambridge University Press, 1998) and Technological Change and the Environment (with N. Nakicenovic and W. D. Nordhaus, 2002). He is also a convening lead author of three chapters in the Global Energy Assessment (Cambridge University Press, 2012). Charlie Wilson is a researcher with the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and a lecturer in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia. He is a scholar on innovation studies and on the history of technological change in energy systems. His current research focuses on both historical and future technology diffusion dynamics, and the adoption of energy-efficient and smart home technologies. Previously he has held positions with the London School of Economics and the IIASA. He is also a lead author of two chapters in the Global Energy Assessment (Cambridge University Press, 2012).


Part I. Introduction: 1. Introduction A. Grubler; 2. The energy technology innovation system C. Wilson and A. Grubler; 3. Historical case studies of energy technology innovation A. Grubler and C. Wilson; Part II. Patterns and Linkages in the Energy Technology Innovation System: 4. Grand designs: historical patterns and future scenarios of energy technological change A. Grubler; 5. Historical diffusion and growth of energy technologies C. Wilson; 6. Input, output and outcome metrics for assessing energy technology innovation C. Wilson; 7. Technology portfolios: modeling technological uncertainty and innovation risks A. Grubler, S. Fuss, D. McCollum, V. Krey and K. Riahi; Part III. Knowledge in the Energy Technology Innovation System: 8. Solar water heater innovation in the United States, China and Europe G. Nemet; 9. Heat pumps: a comparative assessment of innovation and diffusion policies in Sweden and Switzerland B. Kiss, L. Nejj and M. Jakob; 10. Sources and consequences of knowledge depreciation A. Grubler and G. Nemet; 11. The French pressurized water reactor program A. Grubler; Part IV. Adoption and Use in the Energy Technology Innovation System: 12. Technological improvements of solar thermal electricity in the United States and the role of public policy G. Nemet; 13. Automobile fuel efficiency standards G. Nemet; 14. Hybrid cars: development and deployment in Japan, the United States and China K. S. Gallagher; 15. Solar photovoltaics: multiple drivers of technological improvement G. Nemet; Part V. Actors and Institutions in the Energy Technology System: 16. A comparative assessment of wind turbine innovation and diffusion policies L. Nejj and P. D. Andersen; 17. The role of standards: the Japanese top runner program for end-use efficiency K. Osamu; 18. Solar innovation and market feedback: solar photovoltaics in rural Kenya D. M. Kammen and A. Jacobsen; 19. The US synthetic fuels corporation: policy consistency, flexibility and the long-term consequences of perceived failures L. D. Anadon, G. Nemet and B. Schock; Part VI. Resources in the Energy Technology Innovation System: 20. Brazilian ethanol: unpacking a success story of energy technology innovation D. Meyer, L. Mytelka, R. Press, E. L. Dall'Oglio, P. T. de Sousa, Jr and A. Grubler; 21. Global R&D, market formation and diffusion investments in energy technology innovation A. Grubler, L. D. Anadon, K. S. Gallagher, R. Kempener, A. O'Rourke and C. Wilson; 22. Energy RD&D investments in the major emerging economies and the United States R. Kempener, L. D. Anadon, K. S. Gallagher and K. Jiang; 23. A comparative analysis of annual market investments in energy supply and end-use technologies C. Wilson and A. Grubler; Part VII. Conclusions: 24. Conclusions: the energy technology innovation system C. Wilson and A. Grubler; 25. Conclusions: policies for energy technology innovation A. Grubler and C. Wilson.

Product Details

  • publication date: 30/12/2013
  • ISBN13: 9781107023222
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 400
  • ID: 9781107023222
  • weight: 1010
  • ISBN10: 110702322X

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