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Call for Papers: Accelerating Сlean Energy Innovation @ Eu-SPRI Conference (Utrecht, 3-5 June, 2020)

last modified Jan 09, 2020 01:46 PM

C-EENRG fellows Deyu Li and Sergey Kolesnikov and C-EENRG visiting researcher Martin Beuse (Energy Politics Group, ETH Zürich) organise a session track #19 Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation at the upcoming 2020 Eu-SPRI Conference “New Horizons for Science, Technology and Innovation Policies”. The annual conference is the leading research forum on science, technology and innovation policy in Europe, with a broad attendance of scientists and policymakers. This year, it is organised by the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University and will take place in Utrecht, The Netherlands, 3-5 June 2020.

Track description: Recent innovations in renewable energy generation, energy storage, and energy efficient consumer goods offer a great promise for the transition towards a low-carbon economy. However, in order to achieve rapid decarbonisation in line with the Paris Agreement goals, a new generation of low-cost, competitive and widely accessible clean energy technologies is urgently needed to phase out of the incumbent technological paradigm largely based on fossil fuels. The current pace of technological progress and market development in clean energy sector might not be sufficient for this ambitious but vitally important goal.

How can we accelerate clean energy innovation? This session track invites contributions on research investigating various aspects of this burning issue, including, but not limited to the following topics and research questions:

  • Looking under the hood of clean energy innovation. How does it happen? How do flows of knowledge and information between technologies, firms and organisations across industries as well as public and private sectors affect the pace and direction of clean energy innovation? What are the mechanisms of knowledge creation and transfer in this field? How important are interdisciplinarity and collaboration?
  • Clean energy innovation and policy dynamics. How can governments effectively and efficiently support clean energy innovation beyond R&D funding and deployment subsidies? How, in turn, policy makers as well as industry can handle competing technologies (e.g. battery powered or fuel cell powered electric vehicles) by systematically accounting for innovation dynamics in strategic planning and decision making? How can we model these processes and assess the effectiveness of policies?
  • Globalization of clean energy innovation. How does the global landscape of clean energy innovation evolve over time? What are the driving forces? How can firms and organizations from different countries participate in and benefit from the globalization of clean energy innovation? What are the impacts of the geographical shifts in R&D, manufacturing and markets on the pace and direction of clean energy innovation?  
  • Clean energy innovation and development. How to ensure that emerging economies are equitably included in the innovation process and benefit from technologies and products tailored to their specific contexts and needs, including the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals?

All submissions should be made through by 15 February 2020.

For more information about the conference and submission dates and formats, please visit the conference website:

For more information on the session track, please contact the track convenors: Deyu Li and Sergey Kolesnikov