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.



United States: Stationary Fuel Cells

This report synthesizes the main results of a case study on stationary fuel cells in the Unites States. It examines the history of the proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell and its drivers of innovation. The first section below includes the findings as they relate to the OECD objectives for the larger multi-country case study. Section two includes summaries of the various government agencies initiatives in fuel cell research. Section three discusses the factors impeding the commercialization of fuel cells. Section four includes the conclusions drawn from our more comprehensive study


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