The Science Base of Renewables

The science base of renewables. Technological Forecasting & Social Change 158.

19 Pages Posted: 16 Jul 2020

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Peter Persoon

Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) - Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences

Rudi Bekkers

Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE)

Floor Alkemade

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: June 23, 2020

Abstract

Initiatives to foster the development of Renewable Energy Technologies (RETs) can benefit from a deep un- derstanding of the science base that underlies such technologies, and especially how that science base differs from that of Fossil Fuel based Energy Technologies (FFETs). This paper investigates both science bases using citations in patents to scientific journals. We find that RETs generally have a more substantial science base and draw on a more diverse set of scientific disciplines. On average, the science on which RETs build is more recent, less applied and is published in journals with a higher WOS Journal Impact Factor. However, for different RETs (e.g., photovoltaics, wind turbines and non-fossil fuels), we observe much more variation across these dimen- sions than for different FFETs (e.g., combustion and gas turbines). Furthermore, the broad spectrum of sciences on which RETs build largely includes the smaller spectrum on which FFETs build. Based on these findings, we offer several policy recommendations to better stimulate the development of RETs.

Keywords: Renewables, Science base, Patents, Non-patent literature

Suggested Citation

Persoon, Peter and Bekkers, Rudi and Alkemade, Floor, The Science Base of Renewables (June 23, 2020). The science base of renewables. Technological Forecasting & Social Change 158., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3633799

Peter Persoon

Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) - Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences ( email )

Den Dolech 2
Eindhoven
Netherlands

Rudi Bekkers (Contact Author)

Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) ( email )

Den Dolech 3, PO Box 513, Room IPO 2.40
Eindhoven, 5600MB
Netherlands

HOME PAGE: http://home.ieis.tue.nl/rbekkers/

Floor Alkemade

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