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Energy Innovation for the Twenty-First Century

Accelerating the Energy Revolution Jim Skea, Renée van Diemen, Imperial College London, Matthew Hannon, University of Strathclyde, Evangelos Gazis, visiting researcher and Aidan Rhodes, Imperial College London, UK
This book addresses the question: how effective are countries in promoting the innovation needed to facilitate an energy transition? At the heart of the book is a set of empirical case studies covering supply and demand side technologies at different levels of maturity in a variety of countries. The case studies are set within an analytical framework encompassing the functions of technological innovation systems and innovation metrics. The book concludes with lessons and recommendations for effective policy intervention.
Extent: 464 pp
Hardback Price: $170.00 Web: $153.00
Publication Date: 2019
ISBN: 978 1 78811 260 4
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Economics of Innovation
  • Energy Economics
  • Environment
  • Energy Economics
  • Energy Policy and Regulation
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Economics of Innovation
  • Innovation Policy
  • Technology and ICT
This book addresses the question: how effective are countries in promoting the innovation needed to facilitate an energy transition? Chapters explore energy policy and institutions, innovation policy in general, as well as energy innovation in key countries, including the US, Germany, the UK, China, Japan and Korea, and the EU.

At the heart of Energy Innovation for the Twenty-First Century is a fascinating set of international empirical case studies covering supply and demand side technologies at different levels of maturity. These are set within an analytical framework encompassing the functions of technological innovation systems and innovation metrics. The book explores energy, science and technology policies, contextualising the case studies to aid the assessment of the overall performance of innovation systems.

Drawing together lessons for energy innovation policy and institutional design, this book is a much-needed resource for sustainability and innovation scholars and researchers. Policymakers and practitioners will also benefit from the practical advice offered in this timely work.
‘Energy Innovation for the Twenty-First Century combines evidence from deep-dive case studies with rigorous analysis of institutions, policies and finance to show how many different factors must align to accelerate energy innovation. Many of the concluding insights are must reads for policymakers, not least that coordination, long-term strategies, and institutional stability are necessary bedfellows if we are serious about tackling climate change.’
– Charlie Wilson, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, UK
Contents: PART I: INTRODUCTION 1. Introduction 2. The changing role of energy in society PART II: POLICIES AND INSTITUTIONS 3. Energy policy 4. Science and technology innovation 5. Energy innovation PART III: TECHNOLOGY CASE STUDIES 6. Understanding and measuring energy innovation 7. Heat pumps 8. Wind energy 9. Wave energy 10. Building integrated photovoltaics 11. Shale gas 12. Smart grids PART IV: LESSONS 13. Lessons for effective energy innovation Index