Energy technology Imperial College

Principal Investigator: Dr Keith Smith

Funder: Fridtjof Nansen Institute

Duration: January 2014 – March 2017

Climate change is the biggest single issue facing the world at this time and this project examines the role of innovation policy in the creation and management of renewable technologies in the transition towards a low-carbon economy.

Yet, there is no systematic research on how to do this in the Norwegian context, despite being a major energy producer, it has distinctive characteristics that set its challenges apart from other European nations. Without the option to merely ‘copy’ the approach of neighbouring countries, primarily this project will build a knowledge base for a Norwegian transition strategy helping to develop pathways from the use of oil and gas, to the production and adoption of renewable technologies.

The project focuses on several key processes in the development of a technology innovation system:

  • Knowledge creation, search and entrepreneurial experiments
  • Market development, including the creation of national policy institutions and infrastructures for international markets
  • Legitimacy of new technologies and support from influential groups
  • The role of local actors and institutions in the development of new technologies
  • The creation of a community of engagement for technologists, policy-makers, researchers and others in developing transitional strategies for Norway