How has external knowledge contributed to lithium-ion batteries for the energy transition?
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Innovation in clean-energy technologies is central toward a net-zero energy system. One key determinant of technological innovation is the integration of external knowledge, i.e., knowledge spillovers. However, extant work does not explain how individual spillovers come about: the mechanisms and enablers of these spillovers. We ask how knowledge from other technologies, sectors, or scientific disciplines is integrated into the innovation process in an important technology for a net-zero future: lithium-ion batteries (LIBs), based on a qualitative case study using extant literature and an elite interview campaign with key inventors in the LIB field and R&D/industry experts. We identify the breakthrough innovations in LIBs, discuss the extent to which breakthrough innovations—plus a few others—have resulted from spillovers, and identify different mechanisms and enablers underlying these spillovers, which can be leveraged by policymakers and R&D managers who are interested in facilitating spillovers in LIBs and other clean-energy technologies. Show more
Journal / seriesiScience
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SubjectEnergy policy; Energy Engineering; Energy storage
Organisational unit03695 - Hoffmann, Volker / Hoffmann, Volker
730403 - Innovation pathways, strategies and policies for the Low-Carbon Transition in Europe (SBFI)
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