Innovation in Energy Technology

Comparing National Innovation Systems at the Sectoral Level

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This report reviews efforts under way in a number of OECD countries to advance innovation in energy technology, with a particular focus on hydrogen fuel cells. It compares energy innovation systems in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Norway, the United Kingdom and United States to identify the roles of government, industry, universities and other public research organisations in the innovation process. It also examines the policies governments are implementing to finance needed research and development and to stimulate market demand for innovative energy technologies.



Canada: Fuel Cells

Early technology breakthroughs by Canadian hydrogen and fuel cell companies have demonstrated the viability of this technology as an enabler of clean and efficient energy, and have established a global reputation for Canada as a leader within this emerging industry. Despite years of substantial and escalating research and development (R&D) investments, Canadian companies and the industry at large have yet to reap the benefits of significant innovation through the full-scale commercialization of technology.


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