Global Innovation Networks and Sustainable Energy

Title of project: Global Innovation Networks and Sustainable Energy
Project group: Innovation Management
Year of commencement: 2010
Project introduction:




Chinese industrial actors are beginning to take the lead in the new energy industries by their increased engagement in developing, providing and disseminating technology for sustainable transitions. Our research seeks to bring together and comparing insights from different renewable energy industries in this respect. China has emerged as a leading player in several renewable energy technologies. These sectors are currently growing much faster in China than fossil-fuel-based energy sectors; and the Chinese model of sustainable energy investment have become one to emulate by other countries around the world. Our research has in 2015 addressed both the causes and consequences of China’s rise in sustainable energy technologies through a strong collaboration between Danish and important Chinese academics, companies and the Chinese government.

Our team works under the two headings across renewable energy sectors:

Globalisation and the breakthrough to innovation in renewable energy in technologies in China: What were the respective roles of indigenous innovation and global sources of innovation? How were global flows of knowledge and technology organised? How far has China come in the breakthrough to innovation capability and how does Chinese technology compare with solutions from advanced economies?

China’s impact on renewable energy in the global North and the global South: How has the rise of China influenced competitive dynamics? What are the patterns of competition and collaboration? To what extent has China penetrated markets in developed and developing economies respectively? What are the strategies and business models which have been adopted for doing so?

This project examines ‘new energy industries’: solar power, wind energy, hydro power, and biomass and with the recent Chinese New Energy Law, nuclear power.

Primary contact person: Stine Haakonsson, Associate Professor, Department of Business and Politics, CBS
Fellow project partners: Xinxin KONG, Professor, CASTED

Julia Kirch Kirkegaard, Assistant Professor, DTU

Ping LV, Associate Professor, UCAS

Rasmus Lema, Associate Professor, AAU

Ulrich Elmer Hansen, Researcher, DTU

Yuan ZHOU, Associate Professor, Tsinghua University

Scheduled project activities: 2016: October workshop

2017: Joint Special Issue