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Reference Number EP/K00154X/1
Status Completed
Energy Categories Energy Efficiency 10%;
Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal 10%;
Renewable Energy Sources 10%;
Nuclear Fission and Fusion 10%;
Hydrogen and Fuel Cells 10%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies 10%;
Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research 40%;
Research Types Basic and strategic applied research 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES 10%;
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Business and Management Studies) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Other (Studies not related to a specific technology area) 100%
Principal Investigator Professor J (Jim ) Skea
No email address given
Centre for Environmental Policy
Imperial College London
Award Type Standard
Funding Source EPSRC
Start Date 01 April 2012
End Date 31 March 2017
Duration 60 months
Total Grant Value £1,876,792
Industrial Sectors Energy
Region London
Programme Energy : Energy
Investigators Principal Investigator Professor J (Jim ) Skea , Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , UK Energy Research Centre (0.000%)
Project Contact , ETI (Energy Technologies Institute) (0.000%)
Project Contact , Energy Research Partnership ERP (0.000%)
Project Contact , Department of Energy & Climate Change (0.000%)
Project Contact , Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (0.000%)
Project Contact , Research Partner in China (0.000%)
Project Contact , Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) (0.000%)
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Abstract This work has two principal aims: a) to develop a roadmap that will help the Research Councils and others to plan their research activities in ways that will contribute to the achievement of the UK's energy policy goals; and b) to conduct a programme of research that will assess how effectively different countries conduct their energy research and development (R&D) activities in different technology areas with a view to learning lessons for the more successful execution of policy.The roadmap will consist of a top-level document which will act as a bridge between higher level energy strategies and more specific R&D plans for individual technologies. The aim is to improve the coherence of energy policy on the one hand and energy research activities on the other. The top-level document will be supplemented by web-based roadmaps for individual technology areas such as carbon capture and storage or different forms of renewable energy. Demand-side technologies, for example for transport and buildings, will also be covered. Given the interplay between technology and human behaviour, especially on the demand side, social scientists as well as scientists and engineers will be involved. The roadmaps will address both technological needs and needs for training and capacity-building. The roadmaps will be produced through interviews with policymakers and R&D funders and through a mixture of facilitated technical workshops and strategic workshops engaging a wider range of stakeholders.The first task in the research programme is to map out "systems of innovation" for different energy technologies in different countries. We intend to cover a small number of EU countries, the US and China. The mapping will cover institutions and their roles, networks and research capacity. The task will be carried out through documentary analysis and interviews in the relevant countries. We will also look at systems of innovation internationally, for example through education and training, and the activities of multinational companies.The second task will be to develop and analyse measures for the effectiveness of R&D activities in different systems of innovation. Many countries intend to achieve fundamental transitions in their energy systems, for example by moving to low-carbon technologies. We will draw on a new branch of innovation theory, "transitions theory", to develop measures of effectiveness.Finally, we will review hypotheses and findings from the analysis of the effectiveness of R&D activities with experts and draw conclusions about how the success of energy R&D programmes and their contributions to energy policy can be improved
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