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Global EnergyIssues, Potentials, and Policy Implications$
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Paul Ekins, Mike Bradshaw, and Jim Watson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198719526

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198719526.001.0001

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Energy systems and innovation

Energy systems and innovation

(p.34) 2 Energy systems and innovation
Global Energy

Jim Watson

Xinxin Wang

Florian Kern

Oxford University Press

The transition to sustainable, low-carbon energy systems will require the development and deployment of a range of new and existing energy technologies. These technologies will be required to deliver substantial reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. They could also have wider economic benefits through the establishment of new firms, industries, skills and jobs. This chapter provides some context to subsequent chapters that focus on particular energy technologies or fuels. The main aim of the chapter is to discuss different approaches to the analysis of innovation for more sustainable energy systems, to examine some recent global trends in energy technology innovation, and to discuss some implications for government policies and for the subsequent chapters that focus on specific energy technologies.

Keywords:   innovation, low-carbon energy technologies, government policies, technology demonstration, innovation systems

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