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Understanding the UK low carbon energy innovation system - a working paper


Citation Titley, B. and Warwick, K. Understanding the UK low carbon energy innovation system - a working paper, ETI, 2015. https://doi.org/10.5286/UKERC.EDC.000128.
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Author(s) Titley, B. and Warwick, K.
Project partner(s) ETI
Publisher ETI
DOI https://doi.org/10.5286/UKERC.EDC.000128
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Abstract In light of the innovation challenge, the aims of the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) for this project are as follows
  • To identify and build a common understanding among its stakeholders of the key factors required for the successful deployment of new low carbon energy technologies commercially and at scale.
  • To develop a framework for the successful commercial exploitation of low carbon energy technologies that it hopes can be widely socialised and subsequently used by those organisations involved in the development, financing and delivery of resilient and affordable low carbon energy solutions in the UK.
  • To provide an initial, high level ‘model’ of the UK low carbon innovation system, including its key stages, barriers, drivers and stakeholders, to provide a suitable structure for testing and socialisation with industry, finance and government stakeholders engaged in energy and other low carbon innovations.
Ultimately ETI wishes to use this model to identify, understand and influence the key mechanisms and stakeholders required to accelerate the diffusion, deployment and commercialisation of low carbon technologies it has helped to develop.

The purpose of this working paper is therefore twofold:
  1. to report on the findings from a short review of the existing innovation literature undertaken to identify whether there are any existing models of innovation that could be applied to or adapted for the UK energy system; and
  2. to present an initial conceptual ‘map’ or model of the UK energy and low carbon innovation system informed by relevant literature and identifying (without limitation) the key barriers, drivers and organisations involved.
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