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Frame D, Hannon M, Bell K, et al., 2018, Innovation in regulated electricity distribution networks: A review of the effectiveness of Great Britain's Low Carbon Networks Fund, Energy Policy, Vol: 118, Pages: 121-132, ISSN: 0301-4215
© 2018 The Authors Introduced in 2010, the Low Carbon Networks Fund (LCNF) was a major development in the regulatory regime for electricity distribution networks in Great Britain, yet evaluation of its design and implementation has been limited. This paper examines the type and quality of innovation arising from the LCNF. Novel frameworks for assessing innovation project activity and learning are presented and results from their application to the LCNF are discussed. Reduction of uncertainty through the production of high quality evidence is argued to be the primary purpose of innovation project funding support. The analysis of LCNF project activity finds a step change in Research Development & Demonstration (RD&D) spend and stakeholder engagement by network licensees in Britain; however, the innovation observed was considered to be conservative and incremental in nature. It was found that the LCNF lacked a strategic approach to targeted learning and the reduction of uncertainty for innovation priority areas. Project learning outputs were contradictory and inconclusive for several innovations. Strategic learning should be a core part of policy makers’ design of innovation funding mechanisms for energy technology, and a framework for shaping, capturing and assessing the learning outputs of funded innovation projects is essential.
Hu R, Skea J, Hannon MJ, 2018, Measuring the energy innovation process: An indicator framework and a case study of wind energy in China, TECHNOLOGICAL FORECASTING AND SOCIAL CHANGE, Vol: 127, Pages: 227-244, ISSN: 0040-1625
Restuccia D, Clodoveo ML, Corbo F, et al., 2018, De-stoning technology for improving olive oil nutritional and sensory features: The right idea at the wrong time, Food Research International, Vol: 106, Pages: 636-646, ISSN: 0963-9969
© 2018 Elsevier Ltd De-stoning technology has been introduced in the olive oil sector more than twenty years ago. It has not gained momentum because, sometimes, innovative ideas are not accepted since they are suggested at the wrong time or under the wrong circumstances. Virgin olive oil (VOO) is one of the most popular functional foods, mainly due to its antioxidant properties. These features, as well as other nutritional characteristics are generally enhanced by the de-stoning process. However, despite the improvement of the nutritional value, in the past the de-stoned oil didn't achieve marketing success mainly in relation to technological limitations (i.e. low oil yield). Only in recent years healthy properties became an element able to influence consumers’ behavior, overcoming the limit of low oil yields and attracting the attention of olive oil producers. An analysis of the advantages, in terms of product quality and process sustainability, is given in this review. Here, for the first time, the fragmented results reported in literature are critically analyzed underlining the contradictions reported by different authors showing the main reasons for the unlucky fate of this technology in the industrial sector. In the final section the challenges, that future research must focus on, are presented, including emerging technologies in VOO processing. Literature data, for the first time discussed here exhaustively, show that de-stoning technology is a mechanical strategy useful to increase the nutritional and the sensory quality of the product. Moreover, it reduces the depletion of natural resources obtaining a selective crushing of the drupe by removing the stones from the olive paste so increasing the sustainability and efficiency of VOO extraction plants.
Bolton R, Hannon M, 2016, Governing sustainability transitions through business model innovation: Towards a systems understanding, RESEARCH POLICY, Vol: 45, Pages: 1731-1742, ISSN: 0048-7333
Hannon MJ, 2015, Raising the temperature of the UK heat pump market: Learning lessons from Finland, ENERGY POLICY, Vol: 85, Pages: 369-375, ISSN: 0301-4215
Hannon MJ, Foxon TJ, Gale WF, 2015, 'Demand pull' government policies to support Product-Service System activity: the case of Energy Service Companies (ESCos) in the UK, JOURNAL OF CLEANER PRODUCTION, Vol: 108, Pages: 900-915, ISSN: 0959-6526
MacLean K, Gross R, Hannon M, et al., 2015, Energy system crossroads - time for decisions:UK 2030 low carbon scenarios and pathways - key decision points for a decarbonised energy system, ICEPT/WP/2015/019
Hannon M, Bolton RJ, 2014, UK Local Authority engagement with the Energy Service Company (ESCo) model: key characteristics, benefits, limitations and considerations, Energy Policy, Vol: 78, Pages: 198-212, ISSN: 0301-4215
This paper explores how some UK Local Authorities (LAs) have opted to engage with the Energy Service Company (ESCo) model in a bid to enhance their influence over local energy system change and help them to deliver on their political ‘public good’ objectives. Three common approaches to LA ESCo model engagement are outlined including the: (1) LA owned ‘arm's-length’ model; (2) private sector owned concession agreement model; and (3) community owned and run model. The LA's decision to establish its own ESCo, or alternatively enter into a partnership with another, predominantly depends on: its willingness to expose itself to risk, the level of strategic control it desires and the resources it has at its disposal. However, the business case is contingent on the extent to which the national policy and regulatory framework facilitates and obligates LAs to play an active energy governance role. Stronger alignment of local and national energy agendas through communication and coordination between different governance actors could help to remove critical barriers to LA ESCo engagement and their wider energy governance activities.
Hannon M, Skea J, 2014, UK innovation support for energy demand reduction, PROCEEDINGS OF THE INSTITUTION OF CIVIL ENGINEERS-ENERGY, Vol: 167, Pages: 171-180, ISSN: 1751-4223
Hannon M, Skea J, Rhodes A, 2014, Facilitating and coordinating UK energy innovation through systemic innovation intermediaries, 5th International Conference on Sustainability Transitions
Hannon M, Skea J, Rhodes A, 2014, Innovation in the energy sector: advancing or frustrating climate policy goals?, 10th British Institute of Energy Economics Academic Conference
The energy sector is well known for the relatively modest level of resource that it devotes to research and development (R&D). However, the incremental pace of energy innovation has speeded up in the last decade as measured by public sector R&D budgets, deployment of alternative technologies and novel institutional arrangements. While much of this effort has been targeted at technologies that promise to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, there have also been major innovations that extend the fossil fuel resource base and reduce the cost of extraction. The last decade’s developments can be seen in terms of a challenge to the existing energy paradigm in parallel with a renewed innovative response focusing on conventional fuels and technologies. This paper examines this tension, by exploring the expectations of a variety of organisations in both the public and private sector regarding energy sector developments and by analysing private sector expenditure on energy research and development (R&D) and public sector budgets for energy R&D and demonstration (RD&D). Scenarios and outlook exercises that have been published since 2013 reveal a wide range of beliefs about the future development of the energy system. The contrasting views underpinning the different scenarios are reflected in divergent patterns of R&D investment between the private and public sectors. There appears to be a tension between the drive to transform energy systems, on the part of public bodies, mainly motivated by the need to combat global climate change, and private sector activity, which tends to reinforce and extend existing patterns of energy provision. The paper addresses, but not answer definitively, the key question as to whether technological change is enabling or frustrating ambitious carbon goals.
Rhodes A, Skea J, Hannon M, 2014, The Global Surge in Energy Innovation, ENERGIES, Vol: 7, Pages: 5601-5623, ISSN: 1996-1073
Skea J, Hannon M, 2014, Investing in energy innovation - towards a more effective RD&D landscape, Publisher: Energy World
Hannon MJ, 2013, UKERC Energy Research Atlas: Socio-Economic Issues
Hannon MJ, 2013, Business Model Innovation and Sustainability Transitions
Hannon MJ, Bolton RPG, 2013, More than just business? Local Authority engagement with the Energy Service Company (ESCo) business model and implications for UK energy system change, Urban energy governances, North and South; International roundtable seminar
Hannon MJ, Foxon TJ, Gale WF, 2013, The co-evolutionary relationship between Energy Service Companies and the UK energy system: Implications for a low-carbon transition, ENERGY POLICY, Vol: 61, Pages: 1031-1045, ISSN: 0301-4215
Skea J, Hannon MJ, Rhodes A, 2013, Investing in a brighter energy future: Energy research and training prospectus
Bale CSE, Foxon TJ, Hannon MJ, et al., 2012, Making the case for strategic energy planning within local authorities: a study from the city of Leeds, Energy Policy, Vol: 48, Pages: 242-251
Hannon M, 2012, Co-evolution of innovative business models and sustainability transitions: The case of the Energy Service Company (ESCo) model and the UK energy system
Hannon MJ, 2012, Co-evolution of innovative business models and sustainability transitions: The case of the Energy Service Company (ESCo) model and the UK energy system
Hannon MJ, 2012, PhD thesis - Co-evolution of innovative business models and sustainability transitions: The case of the Energy Service Company (ESCo) model and the UK energy system
Hannon MJ, Bolton RPG, 2012, Governing Distribution Networks at the Urban Scale: Interactions between public and private actors, International Urban Retrofit Workshop: Theories and Concepts, Dynamics and Practices, Politics and Implications
Hannon MJ, Foxon TJ, Gale WF, 2011, The Role of Alternative Business Models in Socio-Technical Transitions; the Case of Energy Service Companies (ESCos) and the UK Energy System, 2nd International Conference on Sustainability Transitions
Hu R, Skea J, Hannon M, A multi-dimensional indicator framework for evaluating energy technology innovation system, DRUID Academy
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