Emergent technologies – Innovation in renewable energy

This session focuses on how innovation in renewable energy can mitigate global climate change, and contribute to secure sufficient and sustainable energy supply for the future. The dominance of fossil fuels, their impact on climate change and uneven distribution triggers an urgency of developing and taking in use renewable energy technologies. Individuals, firms and other organizations, and entire countries have responded by embarking on transition processes via renewable energy technologies. However such transition processes are also linked to inertia, given the intrinsic newness of emerging technologies and the competition and conflict with well-established technologies. Energy is a matter of technology and science, but energy is also a matter of economics, politics and society – and the interplay between all of these domains. The success – as well as failure to – develop, deploy and implement more renewable energy can thus be seen as a product of how a wide variety of actors and technologies relate to each other. We invite contributions that explore the development of new renewable energy technologies from different angles. Topics may include, but are not limited to: the dynamics between R&D and industry in the making of new renewable energy, the making and effect of different policy support instruments, the enabling and/or blocking role of incumbent actors and technologies, actors and technologies on the fringe of the innovation system (for instance independent inventors, consumers etc.), the role and rationale of private investments in renewable energy etc.


Gard H Hansen, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture, NTNU

Jens Hanson, Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture, University of Oslo


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