[F&ES 818a/MGT 561]

Energy Technology Innovation

Credits: 3 Fall 2016: Not Offered


This advanced seminar aims at providing essential knowledge as well as a forum for students to discuss energy technology innovation strategies and policies from a systemic perspective. The first half of the seminar provides basic knowledge on technological change in general and on energy technology innovation in particular from an interdisciplinary perspective, including history of technology, engineering, management science, systems theory, economics, and social sciences including diffusion theory. Focus is on introducing students to the main patterns, drivers, policy leverages, and constraints in energy technology innovation systems. Core theoretical concepts introduced include inter alia technological inertia and lock-in, uncertainty, knowledge accumulation (learning) and depreciation, dynamic economic feedbacks like increasing returns to adoption, and knowledge and technology spillover effects. The second part of the seminar focuses on student-led discussions of selected case studies of energy technology innovation and/or policy approaches in both energy supply and energy end-use. Student proposals on case studies are welcome. In order to maximize discourse possibilities and levels, enrollment limited to twelve. Students apply for seminar admission via e-mail outlining motivation and meeting of prerequisite criteria. Prerequisite: F&ES 814a, an equivalent of 3 credits of energy courses obtained outside F&ES, or two years of professional experience in the energy industry including energy finance. Other highly motivated students, including undergraduates, can also apply for admission through a one-page motivational statement and a three-page summary of a relevant energy technology innovation publication chosen by the applicant.

Enrollment limited to 12