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The Revolution in Energy Technology

Innovation and the Economics of the Solar Photovoltaic Industry Xue Han, Postdoctoral Fellow, Faculty of Business Administration, Lakehead University, Canada and Science Policy and Innovation Network and Jorge Niosi, Professor Emeritus, Department of Management and Technology, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada
The solar photovoltaic sector is moving forward very fast, both in terms of its own technological advancement and its standing among global renewable energy technologies. Rapid increases in solar cell efficiencies, fast technical change in solar batteries and solar glass, and economies of scale in production fuel its rapid adoption, and it is becoming clear that existing forecasts about its adoption need to be updated extensively. This timely and distinctive examination of the economic side of the field takes into account solar PV’s recent and growing lead among renewable energies competing to replace fossil fuels.
Extent: 160 pp
Hardback Price: $110.00 Web: $99.00
Publication Date: 2018
ISBN: 978 1 78811 565 0
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Economics of Innovation
  • Energy Economics
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Economics of Innovation
  • Innovation Policy
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Environmental Politics and Policy
The solar photovoltaic sector is moving forward very fast, both in terms of its own technological advancement and its standing among global renewable energy technologies. Rapid increases in solar cell efficiencies, fast technical change in solar batteries and solar glass, and economies of scale in production fuel its rapid adoption, and it is becoming clear that existing forecasts about its adoption need to be updated extensively. This timely and distinctive examination of the economic side of the field takes into account solar PV’s recent and growing lead among renewable energies competing to replace fossil fuels.

The Revolution in Energy Technology examines the birth of this technology in the United States, where the main innovators are still located, the emergence of China as a main production hub, and new and growing contributions to the innovation cascades from other countries including Germany, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. The participation of universities as investors and the role of venture capital are discussed, and particular emphasis is given to the domination of the sector by large firms.

The book is interesting for both academics and graduate students as well as policy-makers, technicians, engineers and companies involved in the field.
Contents: 1. Introduction 2. Some Key Points of the Solar Photovoltaic Sector 3. Sector Evolution Under Innovation Cascade 4. The Catch-Up of the Chinese Solar PV Sector 5. Anchored Clusters: The Rise and Fall of Solar PV 6. Star Scientists in PV Technology and the Limits of Academic Entrepreneurship 7. The Limited Innovation of Small Businesses in the Solar Photovoltaic Sector in the US: Is the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program a Boon for Small Businesses in the US? 8. A Sector with Innovations Driven by Demand 9. Grand Challenges and Innovation Cascades in the Solar Sector 10. Conclusion References Index