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Energy Technology Innovation


  • 44 b/w illus. 48 colour illus. 49 tables
  • Page extent: 400 pages
  • Size: 253 x 177 mm
  • Weight: 1.01 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 621.042
  • Dewey version: 23
  • LC Classification: TJ163.2 .E4933 2014
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Power resources

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9781107023222)

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 be invaluable for researchers, policy makers, economists, industrial innovators and entrepreneurs in the field of energy technology.

• Includes twenty case studies of energy technology innovation that contain new data and independent analysis from leading experts • Contains a novel, integrative conceptual framework which enables robust and consistent comparisons across case studies • Provides guidelines for innovation and technology policy


Part I. Introduction: 1. Introduction A. Grübler; 2. The energy technology innovation system C. Wilson and A. Grübler; 3. Historical case studies of energy technology innovation A. Grübler 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. Grübler; 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. Grübler, 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. Grübler and G. Nemet; 11. The French pressurized water reactor program A. Grübler; 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. Grübler; 21. Global R&D, market formation and diffusion investments in energy technology innovation A. Grübler, 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. Grübler; Part VII. Conclusions: 24. Conclusions: the energy technology innovation system C. Wilson and A. Grübler; 25. Conclusions: policies for energy technology innovation A. Grübler and C. Wilson.


'It is an ambitious endeavor to understand and provide explanations for why and how successes and failures occur in projects related to energy technology innovation, but the editors (and the authors) do indeed reach their goal. For this reason, this might be the best book written to date treating the subject of energy technology innovation … [it] is an excellent read and the editors have published a highly reader-friendly, well-structured book.' Energy Research and Social Science


A. Grübler, C. Wilson, S. Fuss, D. McCollum, V. Krey, K. Riahi, G. Nemet, K. S. Gallagher, L. Nejj, P. D. Andersen, D. M. Kammen, A. Jacobsen, L. D. Anadon, B. Schock, D. Meyer, L. Mytelka, R. Press, E. L. Dall'Oglio, P. T. de Sousa, Jr, R. Kempener, A. O'Rourke, K. Jiang

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