Innovating the innovators: the case for transformational energy research and development

Sovacool, Benjamin K (2008) Innovating the innovators: the case for transformational energy research and development. International Journal of Energy Technology and Policy, 6 (4). pp. 368-380. ISSN 1472-8923

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Abstract

This paper asks three interconnected questions: What type of energy R&D promotes long-term, transformative innovation? Which types of research do energy R&D organisations predominately practice? What are the consequences of their approaches? The paper begins by distinguishing between incremental and transformative R&D. Then, it documents five emerging energy challenges facing the USA and the world. Using the US Department of Energy (DOE) as a case study, it next explores whether that organisation is more dedicated to promoting incremental innovation or transformative change. The article concludes by offering some preliminary implications for American and international energy policy.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Benjamin Sovacool
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2015 11:02
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2016 09:17
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/58138
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