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Press Release - University of California Berkeley

New Study Examines Drivers of Government Investment in Energy Innovation

  • Mathew Burciaga
| Sep. 12, 2022

New forms of international cooperation and technology competition with China are the main drivers of public investment in energy innovation, though it remains insufficient to help meet climate goals.

Policy Brief

Database on U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Budgets for Energy Research, Development, & Demonstration (1978–2023R)

| Apr. 13, 2022

The attached document contains April 2022 updates to our database on U.S. government investments in energy research, development, demonstration, and deployment (ERD3) through the Department of Energy.

Laura Diaz Anadon

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News - European Environment Agency

Laura Diaz Anadon Appointed to New European Scientific Advisory Board on Climate Change

| Mar. 25, 2022

Laura Diaz Anadon, Visiting Scholar and longstanding associate of the Environment and Natural Resources Program and Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, was appointed to the new European Scientific Advisory Board on Climate Change, a new independent advisory body ready to provide the European Union (EU) with scientific knowledge, expertise and advice relating to climate change. The Advisory Board’s work will underpin the EU’s climate action and efforts to reach climate neutrality by 2050.

Photo of a member of security moving to apprehend a demonstrator at the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021.

(AP Photo/Alistair Grant)

Analysis & Opinions - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Takeaways from COP26 in Glasgow

Following the conclusion of the 2021 COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, we asked several of our climate experts for their takeaways from the conference and its impacts on climate change.

Delegates and participants line up at the main entrance to the COP26 Climate Change Conference 2021

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Analysis & Opinions - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

COP26 Takeaways: Statement from Laura Diaz Anadon

| Nov. 18, 2021

What was accomplished? COP26 created pressure for some countries to produce revised  Nationally Determined Contributions, helped catalyze new pledges to reduce emissions (including from India), led to the approval of the rules to govern international cooperation and carbon markets (the Paris Rulebook) addressing the issue of double counting, and served as the Launchpad for some novel initiatives that could play a useful role. Among the announcements that were made, was one that recognizes the importance of strategic investment and government action to lower the cost of technologies to reach carbon neutrality.

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, second from right, listens as Jason Forcier, right, Vice President and General Manager of A123 Systems, shows off a battery

AP/Carlos Osorio

Journal Article - Nature Energy

Patenting and Business Outcomes for Cleantech Startups Funded by the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy

The authors examine the impact of the US Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) on two outcomes for startup companies: innovation (measured by patenting activity) and business success (measured by venture capital funding raised, survival, and acquisition or initial public offering).

NREL researchers survey a photovoltaic dual-use research project, simultaneously growing crops under PV Arrays

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Journal Article - Research Policy

Why Matter Matters: How Technology Characteristics Shape the Strategic Framing of Technologies

The authors investigate how the executives of the two largest research institutes for photovoltaic technologies — the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, USA and the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (Fraunhofer ISE) in Freiburg, Germany — have made use of public framing to secure funding and shape the technological development of solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies. The article shows that the executives used four framing dimensions (potential, prospect, performance, and progress) and three framing tactics (conclusion, conditioning, and concession), and that the choice of dimensions and tactics is tightly coupled to the characteristics of the specific technologies pursued by the research institutes.

an operator inspects a photolithography tool used to manufacture these solar cells.

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Journal Article - Research Policy

Governments as Partners: The Role of Alliances in U.S. Cleantech Startup Innovation

Accelerating innovation in clean energy technologies is a policy priority for governments around the world aiming to mitigate climate change and to provide affordable energy. Most research has focused on the role of governments financing R&D and steering market demand, but there is a more limited understanding of the role of direct government interactions with startups across all sectors. The authors  propose and evaluate the value-creation mechanisms of network resources from different types of partners for startups, highlighting the unique resources of government partners for cleantech startups.