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F&ES 818 01 (13671) /MGT561
Energy Technology Innovation
Arnulf Grubler
T 2.30-5.20 EDW380
Fall 2012 
 
3 credits. This advanced seminar aims at providing essential knowledge as well as a forum for students to discuss energy technology innovation strategies and policies from a systemic perspective. The first half of the seminar provides basic knowledge on technological change in general and on energy technology innovation in particular from an interdisciplinary perspective, including history of technology, engineering, management science, systems theory, economics, and social sciences including diffusion theory. Focus is on introducing students to the main patterns, drivers, policy leverages, and constraints in energy technology innovation systems. Core theoretical concepts introduced include inter alia technological inertia and lock-in, uncertainty, knowledge accumulation (learning) and depreciation, dynamic economic feedbacks like increasing returns to adoption, and knowledge and technology spillover effects. The second part of the seminar focuses on student-led discussions of selected case studies of energy technology innovation and/or policy approaches in both energy supply and energy end-use. Student proposals on case studies are welcome. In order to maximize discourse possibilities and levels, enrollment limited to twelve.
Prerequisites: F&ES 814a, an equivalent of 3 credits of energy courses obtained outside F&ES, or two years professional experience in the energy industry including energy finance. Other highly motivated students, including undergraduates, can apply for admission through a motivational statement and a three-page summary of a relevant energy technology innovation publication chosen by the applicant.